Check out these tips for studying the gospel and finding answers to your spiritual questions!
How do you study when you’re looking for answers to a spiritual question or even just trying to better understand the scriptures? I mean you—personally. Everyone has different study habits for school, but sometimes we forget that we can individualize our gospel study too. The next time you have a spiritual or doctrinal question, try some of these tips to figure out what might work best for you.
Sometimes it’s helpful to visually organize your thoughts by putting them into a list, chart, or a map of some kind. You could also make a study web. That’s when you write down words and ideas and then connect them with lines and bubbles to show how they’re related. Get creative! Make a scripture chain that connects answers you find in the scriptures.
What’s a Scripture Chain?
Sometimes it’s helpful to note several scriptures that cover the same topic. You can find scriptures about your topic in the Topical Guide, index, or footnotes. Write the scripture that comes next in the chain in the margin of the previous scripture and so on. Here is an example scripture chain on the topic of hope.
You can also search for conference talks about your topic to help in your research.
Record thoughts and impressions you receive during your scripture study in a study journal and review those thoughts often.
Write down your thoughts and impressions after your prayers, even if the impressions aren’t directly related to the topic you’re studying. See what the Spirit is teaching you over time.
Jot down your questions in a notebook or on your phone or on a notepad by your bed to remind you and to help you to keep thinking about what you’re learning every day.
3. Listen and Discuss
Talk to a parent or trusted leader. Work it out together. It might take a while, but you’ll both grow in the process.
Teach someone else. Take turns sharing what you do know. Discuss what you learned from each other.
Listen to scriptures or other LDS stories and resources out loud.
Search study helps in the scriptures and online (see below for a list of helpful LDS resources).
Search on LDS.org for videos and songs about what you’re studying.
Study context. Research the history or the chapters surrounding the topic or scripture you’re studying. There are tons of valuable resources available in the scriptures and online to help you as you study important topics. Check out Study Helps for a list of some of the resources available in the scriptures.
Other Online Resources
Act out stories from the scriptures or other resources. What made the experience hard or easy? How does putting yourself in that person’s shoes help you better understand what you’re studying? What would similar situations look like in your life?
Share your experience
How do you personalize your gospel study? Share your experience below.