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Why Is It Important To Study The Scriptures?

Studying the scriptures is important, and everyone would benefit from its practice. As we learned from Nephi’s experience of fetching the brass plates in Jerusalem, without the scriptures nations will perish (1 Nephi 4:13-17). We need scriptures to teach us the commandments. We need scriptures to teach us doctrine (2 Timothy 3: 15, 16). The scriptures help us to have faith in Jesus Christ and be more believing in those things that we should believe. The scriptures help us to be aware of and to repent of our sins. If we did not have the scriptures we would not know how important it is to be baptized and to receive the Holy Ghost. Reading the scriptures can cause us to feel the Holy Ghost testifying that the things we are reading are true. (Luke 24:32, Moroni 10:5) It can strengthen our testimonies. From personal experience I know it can give us comfort when we are experiencing adversity. If we continue to study the scriptures regularly during our entire lives and live its principles to the best of our abilities, we will have eternal life. That is a promise from God. (John 5:39, 2 Nephi 31:20).

Recently I was asked to teach a Relief Society class about studying the scriptures. In preparing for that class I discovered a free e-book about studying the scriptures. The book is Please Pass the Scriptures by John Hilton III and can be downloaded from http://deseretbook.com/free. I must admit that in recent years my scripture study has been only scripture reading and I have not been edified with mere reading as well as I could have been. Now I am enthusiastic about keeping my scripture journal, and I look forward to getting up in the morning and studying my scriptures. I am getting more out of my reading and study of the scriptures.

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