The most important, most overlooked, most easy and most superlative tool in scripture study: Part 3 (updated)

(This likely represents my last post here.)Update- some of the text of this long post disappeared when I first posted it, but it's been reinserted and set off.Part 1 of the series and Part 2My note-taking mechanism consist of two things*:  Evernote and  a pocket notebook. I'll explain what they are, and how I use them to keep track of all my Church and scripture notes.Evernote is a free very easy note-taking program. I haven't used Evernote competitors like MS Onenote,  Si … [Read more...]

The most important, most overlooked, most easy and most superlative tool in scripture study: Part 2

(Part 1) I have my functional stylish desk, sharpened pencils, scriptures and a clean slate.... and there it sits, stubbornly remaining that way... blank.Many people just don't know what to write in their notes, which often means that they haven't really crossed the line from scripture reading into scripture study. (The problem with scripture study is you can often barely get through a verse without running down all kinds of interesting rabbit trails, questions, etc.) … [Read more...]

The most important, most overlooked, most easy and most superlative tool in scripture study: Part 1

It's happened to you before. Lots, actually. You're reading the scriptures, and say "hey, I read something about this that was cool/insightful/important! I wish I'd written it down, because I can't really remember it."Or you're on a blog, trying to recall that perfectly a propos statement you’ve read, but you can't even remember when you read it or what the title was, or even if it was print vs. electronic and googling is no help at all.Or you made some notes somewhere on a lesson you had to … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- Joseph Smith on Easter and Mormonism

"The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it" -Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 121 (I usually post a picture of the person quoted, but today thought in more appropriate to picture the subject of the post.) … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note: Elder Maxwell on Increasing Faith

I miss Elder Maxwell... There are other things we can do daily to bolster the faith of others as well as our own. Peter prescribed: "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:15).The word answer here means a verbal defense or a reason statement. The very act of so giving our witness will help not only others but also ourselves. As Brigham Young said, we will … [Read more...]

President Lee on your Seminary Teacher’s Uncle’s Friend whose Daughter Married a Guy who Ran Into President Hunter and the Three Nephites in an Elevator

In context of rumors, random stories, space doctrine, and basically the kind of thing missionaries pass around without any kind of substantiated provenance, President Lee said, " never ceases to amaze me how gullible some of our Church members are..."— President Harold B. Lee, "Admonitions for the Priesthood of God", Ensign, Jan 1973 … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- The FP and President Clark on Assertion vs. Revelation

I'll admit upfront that there's more than one way to read this.Dogmatic assertions do not take the place of revelation, and we should be satisfied with that which is accepted as doctrine, and not discuss matters that, after all disputes, are merely matters of theory. Your brethren, (Signed) JOSEPH F. SMITH, ANTHON H. LUND, CHARLES W. PENROSE. -James R. Clark, comp., Messages of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 6 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-75], … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- Elder Widtsoe and President Brown on Limits of our Knowledge and Assumptions

"We set up assumptions, based upon our best knowledge, but can go no further."- Elder John A. Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, 126.Widtsoe was a European, a Harvard grad, a scientist, and an Apostle, a unique combination I don't believe has been duplicated since. (President Eyring comes close, although New Jersey, a foreign country to many of us, isn't technically in Europe.)Widtsoe makes this statement in context of thinking about the Flood. What I find striking about it is how … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- Presidents Hinckley and Uchtdorf on Books and Reading

President Hinckley, cited in The Voice of My Servants, p. 61: "I confess that I am constantly appalled by the scarcity of my knowledge, and the one resentment I think I carry concerns the many pressing demands which limit the opportunity for reading." Speaking to BYU graduates, he said, There is a tendency on the part of some graduates to say, `Now all of that is behind me.' No, there is much more ahead than there is behind. We live in a world where knowledge is developing at an … [Read more...]

Contributing to the Ensign- Interesting Guidelines

I was looking for something in the Ensign, and noticed two little links at the bottom, "Submit an article to the Ensign. View our updated content submission guidelines."Really? Open submissions? Apparently so. How long has this been going on?The submission guidelines have some interesting things. For example, under the "General Ongoing Needs" section, one sees the first of several desired categories is "By Study and by Faith: These Church history and other academic or scriptural articles are … [Read more...]