Monday, March 27, 2017

Fireside Dates:
 Date                   Place                                              Time          Topic
April 9--   Spokane Washington                              7:00 PM     Scripture Study
April 23-- 1176 N. 730 E. Pleasant Grove, UT       3:00 PM     Scripture Study
April 23-- 1550 S. 1100 W. Lehi, UT                      5:00 PM     Scripture Study
April 27-- 7511 S. 2700 W. West Jordan. UT          7:00 Pm     If The Fits (Developing and keeping a                                                                                                                           positive attitude)

I hope to see you!
Sylvia

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Change of address for tonight

Hi Everyone,
The address to the church for my talk tonight is 800 E turn right off Center Street in Orem. Not 800 West.  Sorry!

Monday, March 20, 2017

More Fireside Dates and Topics

Hi Friends,

New Fireside
Dates:         Times           Place                                                                           Topic
March 21   7:00 PM    Chapel on 800 W. Right off Center St. Orem  Relationships Renew VS. Repair
March 23   3:00           TBA                                                           Personal and Family Scripture Study
March 23   5:00            1550 S 1100 W Lehi, UT                          Scripture Study
April 27     7:00            7511 S 2700 W. West Jordan                     Scripture Study
May 9        6:00            TBA                                                           Scripture Study

More dates will be coming when I get details of times and places.
Thank you all for asking for new dates

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Five Principles of Scripture Study


 Hello Friend,

I am not a Blogger. I am not a writer! This is not comfortable to me. In fact I have heard my writing likened to "fingernails on a chalkboard," so if you're reading this blog, let me apologize right up front about the writing part -- well, the mechanics, anyway. That is one of my weakest areas in life. So try to just read for the content. Read with your heart and try to calm the "proof-reader" inside of you. Now let's get started . . . 

Chances are if you are reading this you have attended a fireside where you learned about Scripture Study the Lord's way and need to refresh your memory of what was said.The purpose of this blog is to have in writing the Five Principals of Scripture Study.

I will start at the beginning and you can scroll down to the parts of the presentation you need to remember.

I learned about Scripture Literacy from President Vern D. Sommerfeldt former LDS stake president in Orem, UT, and formerly a professor of Religion at BYU. His lifetime of study and commitment to share his knowledge changed my life and if you take these principles to heart, I know it will change yours as well.

Howard W. Hunter said (I added the bolding and underlining):

     "We should not be haphazard in our reading but rather develop a systematic
plan for study.  There are some who read to a schedule of a number of pages or a set number of chapters each day or week.
     "This may be perfectly justifiable and may be enjoyable if one is reading for pleasure, but it does not constitute meaningful study.  It is better to have a set amount of time to give scriptural study each day than to have a set amount of chapters to read.  Sometimes we find that the study of a single verse will occupy the whole time.
     Perhaps what is more important than the hour of the day is that a regular time be set aside for study.  It would be ideal if an hour could be spent each day; but if that much cannot be had, a half hour on a regular basis would result in substantial accomplishmentA quarter of an hour is little time, but it is surprising how much enlightenment and knowledge can be acquired in a subject so meaningful.  The important thing is to allow nothing else to ever interfere with our study." (Ensign, November 1972)

It's best to read the whole article for sure, however, this is the part of the article I used in the Fireside. This gave me the guidance I needed:

1. Start with a set time of day when nothing will interrupt your study -- not your "left over" time of the day. Do this during your BEST time of the day. My set appointment time with the Lord is between 5:00 and 6:00 AM. 

President Hinkley said;
"Encourage all of the members of your stakes to study the Book of Mormon.
Something will come that will be sweet and good and beautiful. Your testimonies will grow and you will find things that you never knew were there
before... .  Take all the time you need to. Think about what you are reading.  I’m not a speed reader—I like to just think, meditate a little, underline, and write out in longhand some of the things that I read because I remember them better if I write them out in longhand." (BYU Married Students Regional Conference, Priesthood Leadership Meeting, Second Session, February 10, 1996.)"

"The only thing Satan hates and fears more than the Book of Mormon itself, is Latter-day Saints learning why and how to use it."  --President Sommerfeldt


Five Fundamental Principles of
Meaningful Scripture Study

Note:  These are principles--not steps. Elder Richard G. Scott said, “Gaining spiritual knowledge is not a mechanical process.” (Ensign, November 1993)

Notice that the arrows go in both directions. Always begin with a formal prayer and always end with a prayer of giving thanks, but move back and forth through all the principals as you feel inspired to do when studying. 

ASKING
1) Always start with a formal prayer. Thank Heavenly Father for the blessings you have. I like to thank Him for the specific tender mercies I recognize from the day before. Then I ask for the help I need that day or just to be lead to an answer I have needed. 

"No message is repeated more times in scripture than the simple thought:  'Ask, and ye shall receive…' (D&C 4:7)."  --Boyd K. Packer (Ensign, November 1979)

     Beginning our scripture study with prayer--being humble enough (and wise enough) to ask Father in Heaven for His help, allows us to see His answers.  Also, stopping and praying at any time during our study when prompted to do so by the Spirit, allows us to feel His influence on our thoughts -- to know the "mysteries" and "peaceable things" -- to feel joy.

“If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.”
Doctrine and Covenants 42:61


SEARCHING
Careful reading and searching--focusing, 
especially on fundamental principles and saving doctrines.

2) The Lord will lead you to where He wants you to search. Start with the Topical Guide. Look up a word that maybe you need help with such as: Marriage, children, peace, forgiveness and so on. Then just read down through the scriptures referred to in that section. The Lord will direct your search from there. 
Ask the Lord to direct your search. He may direct you to your Patriarchal Blessing or a particular article in the Ensign, the Bible Dictionary or a variety of other places. Follow the promptings of the Spirit.

 1 Nephi 10:19     “For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost. . .”

Reading sequentially in the scriptures is great! We should read the Book of Mormon through from time to time. From reading sequentially we learn the stories and the lessons. However, when we read individual scriptures by topic we can put our name right into the scriptures and they speak specifically to us. Then we are no longer reading the promises and promptings the Lord gave to Lehi or Nephi, we are reading the promises and blessing He is giving to us as individuals.
Both kinds of study are important! 

PONDERING 

Stopping often to think about and feel deeply the things of the spirit--allowing time for the Holy Ghost to write messages from the Celestial world upon our minds and hearts.


1st Nephi 16:16

“And we did follow the directions of the ball, which led us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness.”
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Isn’t it comforting to know that we can use scriptures to lead
us to the “fertile parts” of
our lives instead of wondering
in the wilderness of our lives!

Writing

 

Writing down inspired feelings, insights, discoveries, and personal applications.  

As we record personal revelation we send a very important message to our Father in Heaven.  The message is:  “I do care about what you are saying to me.”  Also copying passages of scripture into our scripture journal in writing, like President Hinkley taught us to do.

2 Nephi 25:26  “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”

For me the writing is the critical part. I find myself writing and writing, even though I hate to write so much. I find that is where the Lord answers my questions. When I go back and read what I have written I am surprised and I know I was the one using the pen but I was certainly not the creator of what was written.

I have written more than 4000 pages in my scripture journals. That is a miracle! If I can do it, anyone can do it! Every page of my scripture journals contains a part of my testimony so that some day if my children or grandchildren want to know what I believed it will be in writing. I also want them to know that I believe in a loving Father in Heaven, a Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost that brings me messages and comfort. 

The Way I Write in My Scripture Journal

Every day in my journal I start with the full date including the year. I have my journal pages numbered and I continue to number in the next journal. I don't start at number "one" again, I just continue where I left off from the previous journal. 

 I write the tender mercies from the day before. Then I write about something I am worried about, a question I need and answer for, anything that makes me concerned, or anything I need to speak to the Lord about. After I have searched and found the scriptures or quotes I want to write in my scripture journal then I write the journal page number number in my scriptures next to the scripture I wrote. 

Some scriptures have many journal page numbers written by them because I have pondered that scripture a number or times.

When I am asked to give a talk I simply look up the scripture given to me, look in my scriptures and then refer to the page in my journal I have written by the scripture. There I have a question, my personal experience and the lesson learned already written. Talks become easy.    

Thanking

 

Expressing heartfelt gratitude to our Heavenly Father for the words of His Son and for the sacred privilege of studying them, learning their meanings, and applying them to our personal and family lives.

 D&C 78:19
“And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea more.”

This prayer of "gratitude only" is sometimes the hardest prayer you will offer. We are so accustomed to offering our gratitude and then attaching the "and please bless me . . ." part of our prayer. This prayer should be specific gratitude for the things we have learned in our scripture study that day and the specifics of what we see as great bblessings in our life.

The promise in the previous scripture is true, I have a firm testimony and my life is living proof of the truthfulness of it. 

 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.”

I testify that these things are true. I have studied the scriptures this way for many years and I know that is why I have been lead to the "fertile parts" of my life. I have wandered in many wildernesses of life and I promise you that if you will follow these simple principles your life will change as dramatically as mine has.  It certainly does not remove trials it simply navigates me through them and helps me recognize the blessings attached to the trial more readily and with more gratitude. 

Thank you for sharing this blog with me. Thank you for sharing your valuable time with me at whatever Fireside you have attended. I know you will have sweet experiences from applying these principles in your life. 

 I hope to continue to add more as I learn and I hope you will add your testimony to mine so others can learn from you as well. 


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