As I read the scripture, I feel that Joshua's obedience to the teachings of Moses and to the contents of the book of the law was the test of his strength and courage. The extent to which he was to prosper, be unafraid and undismayed, and have the Lord with him depended upon his rating in that test. We can demonstrate our strength and courage in the same way, and be unafraid and undismayed and have the Lord with us whithersoever we go, by observing the teachings of the living prophets and observing to do according to all that is written in the standard works of the Church." — Marion G. Romney, "Look to God and Live," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1971], p. 211

Studying and searching the scriptures is not a burden laid upon Saints by the Lord, but a marvelous blessing and opportunity. Note what the Lord Himself has said about the benefits of studying His word. To the great prophet-leader Joshua, He said: 'This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success' (Joshua 1:8). The Lord was not promising Joshua material wealth and fame, but that his life would prosper in righteousness and that he would have success in that which matters most in life, namely the quest to find true joy (see 2 Nephi 2:25)." — Ezra Taft Benson, "The Power of the Word," "Ensign," (CR) May 1986 p. 81

In our own lives today, we receive revelation through the still, small voice that whispers 'Yes, that applies to me.' The Prophet Joseph Smith received this kind of revelation when he read in James 1:5 that he should pray and ask God. It was in a similar circumstance that President Joseph F. Smith, after reading and contemplating the scriptures, had the vision of the redemption of the dead (D&C 138) opened to his mind. Regular study of the scriptures and meditating upon them are essential for continual revelation." — Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Finding Peace in Our Lives," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 173

In stormy seasons it helps immensely to read the scriptures reverently and prayerfully, pondering them for understanding. It helps in times of calmness to read with thanksgiving for blessings and peace. As you read, the plain and precious truths become known to you, mysteries unfold, wisdom floods your being." — Elaine Cannon, "Adversity," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1987], p. 127

And so the Master Teacher admonishes us to read the scriptures and learn the lessons of life from the word of God. But we must read with more than mere academic interest if we are to achieve spiritual growth. We must see in them more than a history of the past, more than things, however marvelous, which were done for our fathers. The writers of those sacred pages must challenge our thinking, renew our aspirations, color and flavor our daily living, and be an inspiration in our search for the abundant life." — Hugh B. Brown, "The Eternal Quest," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1956], p. 73

To meditate about eternal truths is to think and to ask ourselves, over and over: “How can I know?” “How have others come to know?”

How can you come to a knowledge of these things? Please meditate about it seriously. – J. Thomas Fyans, “Some Basic Teachings from the History of Joseph Smith,” Ensign (CR) May 2002