First Task: Set Goals
What do you hope to gain from your daily study? What improvements do you want to see in your life as your study changes? What has the Spirit been prompting you to change? The answers to these questions can help you focus on goals that are important to you. The lists below may also help bring to mind spiritual cravings you’ve felt. Don’t spend too much time on this task. Goals can be easily changed.
Second Task: Make a Study plan.
Answer these Questions:
1. How much time can I reasonably commit to study every day?
2. When am I most likely to find that amount of uninterrupted time?
3. Do I need to reserve study time weekly or monthly to prepare for obligations from church callings?
4. Do I need to reserve study time weekly or monthly to meet one of my study goals?
Write down a general plan for a week of scripture study.
Third Task: Choose a Study Topic you’re excited about
This is where the rubber meets the road. You have a goal. You have identified how much time you’ve got to work with. Now you need to figure out how to use that time to accomplish your goals and keep you engaged. The possibilities are endless. Keep in mind that you ought to have a planned end to the goals you’ve set, be that a time-frame, or a physical outcome. Here are some ways to find the right topic for you:
1. Explore our Study Prompts. Benefit: study a variety of materials (including institute manuals, bible videos, the Missionary Library, General Conference talks, and all scripture) without spending time sifting through and breaking down those materials into bite-sized chunks. Drawback: Limited to what we currently have available.
2. Pick a book of scripture and power through. Benefit: Easy to do with a clear objective. Using sites like LDS Scripture Tools you can plan out exactly what you need to study to finish by a certain date. Drawback: Some people don’t learn this way. I don’t gain much from reading scripture alone. I find myself just checking scripture study off my list and forgetting everything I read before I even close the LDS tools app.
3. Use your study time to create something. Benefit: Using scripture study to research for a creative work, like an essay or artwork, turns your study from just another task into a project you’re passionate about. Drawback: Picking the right project is essential. It has to be something you like to do (like write, compose, draw, paint, design). But it also needs to be something that keeps you digging into the gospel (particularly the scriptures) and keeps you learning and feeling the spirit. Don’t let your project turn your scripture study into non-scripture play time.
For more ideas check out these links:
Developing a Personal Plan to Study the Gospel “No Greater Call” LDS Teaching Manual
Ideas for LDS Youth Church Magazines
5 Website to Help Improve Family Scripture Study Deseret News