16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
“When we want to speak to God, we pray. And when we want Him to speak to us, we search the scriptures; for His words are spoken through His prophets. He will then teach us as we listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
“If you have not heard His voice speaking to you lately, return with new eyes and new ears to the scriptures. They are our spiritual lifeline.”
Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Holy Scriptures: The Power of God unto Our Salvation,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2006, 26–27.
“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.”
President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Do Not Fear,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2004, 79.
Reproof—rebuke, chastening, scolding, or correction, usually in a kind manner.
What kinds of good works do the scriptures help you prepare to do? Here are a few of the more obvious ones. Can you think of more? Write about them in your journal.
Serving as a full-time missionary
Fulfilling Church callings (such as quorum and class presidencies)
Teaching the gospel
Sharing the gospel
Answering friends’ questions about the Church
Editors’ note: This page is not meant to be a comprehensive explanation of the selected scripture verse, only a starting point for your own study.