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Sunday, April 19, 2015

20 minutes of Scripture

So I have not always been the best at scripture study. When I was younger (Pre-EFY days) I didn't ever study my scriptures on my own. I am so grateful for EFY for so many reasons, but one of them was the fact that it got me studying my scriptures (especially the Book of Mormon) on my own. 
After EFY I went years without missing a day. I would usually study one chapter, no matter the length. I remember cursing the chapters that were pages on end and blessing the days when I was tired and the chapter was only a few verses long. Some days I would only read a verse and call it good. I can remember vividly the first day that I missed reading. I generally read at night and I had been at a sleep over (ironically it was with a girl that I met at EFY). I remember laying awake, unable to sleep because I knew that I hadn't read, but I didn't get up. I didn't go read. I laid there and forced myself asleep. 
I credit that night with the beginning of cutting myself slack. Letting myself miss a day or two here and there. From going to a chapter a day to just something before I fell asleep.
And then I got a little older. Went to EFY another time, and went off to college. 
Now that I'm graduated, I've gotten pretty good to read a whole chapter. Then after that I got good at studying a whole chapter. But I still cursed the long chapters. I still blessed the days that I only had to read five verses.
It was earlier this year when I was at a family dinner and I was talking about how I was almost finished reading the Book of Mormon again. I was so proud of myself. I was still studying, not just reading. But a comment was made that truly converted people had a set amount of time that they read.
I felt weird. That's the best way to describe it. I started over the Book of Mormon, and this time I decided to go off of time, rather than amount. So I started studying for 20 minutes every day. It has been one of the hardest things I've ever tried to do. I swear the moment I start studying someone will start talking to me, someone will need help, my little Soleil will have to go outside. It's been just as hard (if not harder) than trying to go to all 3 hours of church (a struggle once again today). 
It has been hard, but it has been worth it. 
Without the chapter amount to choose how long I'm studying, I feel like I can get more in depth into the Scriptures. I feel like I can take the whole time on just a few verses if that's what I need that day, or I can get through a few chapters. Either way, I know that I'll be there for twenty minutes, so it doesn't matter. Especially since I switched Marking strategies yesterday and it has taken me a long time to get through just a few verses. 
It really has changed the way I study the scriptures and the way that I study. I'm so grateful for 20 minutes of Scripture Study.

How do you study? How have you gotten into Scripture Study? What works best for you? 

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