Special Witness: Why Do I Need to Study the Bible?

M. Russell Ballard

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

From “The Miracle of the Holy Bible,” Ensign, May 2007, 80, 82.


M. Russell Ballard
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares some of his thoughts on this subject.

Why do I need to study the Bible?

The Holy Bible is … holy because it teaches truth, holy because it warms us with its spirit, holy because it teaches us to know God and understand His dealings with men, and holy because it testifies throughout its pages of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Righteous individuals were prompted by the Spirit to record both the sacred things they saw and the inspired words they heard and spoke.

The Bible literally contains within its pages the converting, healing Spirit of Christ, which has turned men’s hearts for centuries, leading them to pray, to choose right paths, and to search to find their Savior.

Honest, diligent study of the Bible does make us better and better.

You young people especially, do not discount or devalue the Holy Bible. It is the sacred, holy record of the Lord’s life.

Illustrations by Julie F. Young