If you’ve ever committed to studying a book of scriptures, you’ll know the feeling. It’s right before you fall asleep. As your brain goes over your day, it’ll hit you like a ton of bricks: you didn’t read your scriptures today, let alone study them! But tomorrow’s a new day, you think. You’ll read them first-thing when you wake up, when you’re able to actually concentrate.
Then morning comes. Before you even remember your resolution, you’re pouring milk into your cereal bowl. Oh well, you think. I’ll just study them tonight. And so it goes. On and on and on and on… unless you break the cycle.
How can we do this? For one, you could set an actual, tangible goal. You could decide what, exactly, you want to study. Another thing you could do is try studying in the afternoon or evening when you’re not just about to start / end your day. Lunch breaks are usually a thing. So are evenings where you sit in front of a computer or a book and zone out for two hours. For me, I want to make scripture study more fun.
With that in mind, I’ve invented a scripture study challenge in the vein of art challenges and journal challenges; each day will have a different ‘scripture study prompt’. Feel free to make your own Scripture Study 30 Day Challenge, or to add ‘bonus’ prompts or switch the prompts around. All I ask is that you share them with me, so I can try them out too!
There’s some Mormon-specific stuff on the list, but you can easily modify it to fit your own needs. Enjoy!
The Creative’s Scripture Study 30 Day Challenge
- Who is your favorite scripture hero? Find up to 10 scriptures that explain why.
- Look through the talks (aka sermons) of a church leader and identify a recurring topic. Pick one talk and record any impressions you receive.
- Find 3-5 D&C scriptures about the Restoration. For each one, find a corresponding scripture in the Bible and Book of Mormon. Write about the verses’ similarities and differences.
- Look for a story anywhere in the scriptures that you haven’t heard of, and write down what principles you can learn from it.
- Think of a place you like to go or thing you like to do. Using the scriptures, turn it into a metaphor or parable.
- Write down all the reasons and ways you don’t follow God and His commandments. Then study the Anti-Nephi-Lehites’ story, and pray for help to bury these rationalizations.
- Which color best represents each book in the Book of Mormon? Explain your reasoning using scripture verses.
- Write a poem based on a scripture or scripture story. Consider how it might be turned into a hymn.
- Think of a scripture that represents each furniture item in your room / house. Then tape each scripture to its corresponding furniture item.
- Consider the personalities of your family members. Which scripture hero is most like each one? Explain why using scriptural evidence.
- Turn to the Bible Dictionary and look up a word (Faith, Repentance, Prayer, Grace, Prophet, etc). What did you learn? What stood out to you? Remember to use scripture study tools like this as you read in the future.
- Learn about the context of a favorite scripture. Who’s talking? Who are they talking to? In what circumstances are they saying it? If you can’t think of a favorite scripture, look at these scripture mastery scriptures for ideas.
- How many times have God and/or Christ appeared to mortals? Make a list using scripture references, and note why they chose to visit.
- Think about some of your favorite stories (in books, movies, TV shows, etc). Write down the similarities between them and stories / events / people in the scriptures. Why might there be so many parallels?
- Write a recipe for a Christlike attribute you’re struggling with. Find scriptures that list Christlike attributes, then research that specific attribute and write about how to grow it in yourself.
- Draw a person and label the body parts with scriptures referencing those specific parts (e.g. if thy arm offend thee, cast it off; the light of the body is the eye; etc)
- Name 3 of your favorite scripture heroes. Now compare their lives. What trials did they go through? How did they become faithful? Did tehy make mistakes?
- Draw a bubble map with core doctrine / principles at the center, and with other things branching out. Use scriptures to justify your reasoning.
- Explain the Plan of Salvation so clearly that even a little child would understand it. Then imagine the questions they’d ask if they heard your explanation, and improve it using scripture references.
- Design a color-by-number page, except with scriptures about a certain topic corresponding to a certain color. (e.g. faith = green, mercy = yellow, etc)
- Think about the names of things and people and places in the scriptures. Find out where these words came from, and why they’re named that.
- Rewrite a scripture story so it takes place in modern times, or in another genre (fantasy, sci-fi, etc).
- Pretend your life is about a scripture hero. Then think of a problem you’re having, and of what the scriptures would say about how the scripture hero living your life would overcome the problem. Use real scripture references to describe what your scripture-hero self would do. Then do it!
- Think of an object in the scriptures. Why is it mentioned? What can be learned from it? What does it look like? Draw a picture as well.
- Read a talk (aka sermon). Find a hymn, and then a scripture, that both relate to it. It doesn’t count if you use scriptures and hymns quoted in the talk itself!
- Take a parable and change it to fit how Jesus might have told it in a different country, culture, or time period. (For example, if Christ had grown up in a culture where having an office job was more common than herding sheep, what might he have used as a metaphor for lost souls instead of The Lost Sheep?)
- Which scripture event would you have liked to of witnessed, and why? Use scripture references as proof.
- Sing “Scripture Power!”, then find 10 scriptures about the power of the scriptures.
- How is the physical connected to the spiritual? Find five different ways they relate to each-other using scriptural evidence. (e.g. you need air to keep your body alive, just like you need prayer to keep your faith alive)
- Think of a time you finished a big project or anything else that took a long time. Compare it to the principle of enduring to the end using at least three scripture references.
- BONUS DAY. Review your notes from this month. Write down specific goals to act on what you learned, and start working on one of the goals right away!