Many Latter-day Saints have found greater understanding of the gospel in recent years as they have improved their personal study of the scriptures. Feasting on the word of God, many have found invaluable assistance through the study aids added to the standard works in the early 1980s—aids like the Bible dictionary, chapter headings, more complete cross-referencing in notes, and excerpts from the Joseph Smith Translation.
After enhanced new editions of the scriptures were published, Church leaders urged members to obtain their own new copies of the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price so they could enjoy the spiritual benefits of scripture study with added knowledge provided by the new study aids. 1 Members who responded found it much easier to hear the voice of the Lord through their daily scripture study.
“Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth; … glad tidings of great joy” (D&C 128:19).
The following art may remind us of the joy we can find in daily scripture study.
My Peace I Give unto You, by Steven Newman
Teach Them to Understand, by Walter Rane
Girl Studying Scriptures, by Sandy Gagon
I Remember, by Blanche Wilson, woodblock print
Grandpa and the Scriptures in the Park, by Judith Campion
Learning from the Scriptures, by Nancy Seamons Crookston
Reading the Bible, by John Arnold