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"Every Latter-day Saint should make the study of [the Book of Mormon] a lifetime pursuit. Otherwise he is placing his soul in jeopardy and neglecting that which could give spiritual and intellectual unity to his whole life." — Ezra Taft Benson, "The Book Of Mormon Is The Word Of God," General Conference, April 1975

"For some Church members the Book of Mormon remains unread. Others use it occasionally as if it were merely a handy book of quotations. Still others accept and read it but do not really explore and ponder it. The book is to be feasted upon, not nibbled (see 2 Nephi 31:20)." — Neal A. Maxwell, "But for a Small Moment," p.28

"Little by little, we have learned over the years what reading the scriptures 15 minutes each morning can do for our family. You should know that we don't try to discuss and understand each point we read. We try to pick out only a couple of thoughts each morning to digest." — H. Burke Peterson, "Help For Parents," General Conference, April 1975

"Someone has said that when we want to talk to the Lord, we pray, and when he wants to talk to us, it is through the scriptures: 'For it is my voice which speaketh them unto you; for they are given by my Spirit unto you, and by my power you can read them one to another' (D&C 18:35)." — Barbara W. Winder, "Enjoy Your Journey, " "BYU Speeches of the Year", 13 March 1990

"The scriptures must have personal meaning in our lives. From the scriptures we can come to know the mind and the heart of the Lord. To daily and prayerfully read the scriptures will enable us to divide truth and error in our lives, to tear down the contention and the craftiness of men, to be like a rod of iron, guiding us along the path of righteousness. And when the mists of darkness or the temptations of Satan surround us so that we cannot see that strait path, we can rely upon the scriptures and the counsel of our present prophets—the word of God—and we can feast upon it every day of our lives. (See 1 Nephi 8.)" — Steven R. Covey, "Build on the True Foundation—Christ in You," "BYU Speeches of the Year", February 22, 1966

"Brethren and sisters, study the scriptures. They contain great life-lessons. They are the repository of the Lord’s message in our day. You will develop a deep and abiding spirituality by communing with the Lord through them. We know much about our Heavenly Father because he has revealed much about himself to us. These revelations are recorded in the standard works. Make it a daily habit to study each day. Set goals. In a short time you can read the standard works of the Church." — A. Theodore Tuttle, "News of the Church," "Ensign," Oct. 1974, p. 88

"The Holy Ghost will guide what we say if we study and ponder the scriptures every day. The words of the scriptures invite the Holy Spirit. The Lord said it this way: 'Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men' (D&C 11:21). With daily study of the scriptures, we can count on this blessing even in casual conversations or in a class when we may be asked by a teacher to respond to a question. We will experience the power the Lord promised: 'Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man' (D&C 84:85)." — Henry B. Eyring, "Feed My Lambs," "Ensign," Nov. 1997, p. 83–84

"...will you make a commitment tonight to make a habit of reading your letters from home—your scriptures—more frequently? If you will ask your Heavenly Father in daily prayers to help you understand the messages and find answers to your problems or questions, and if you will strive to keep the commandments, you can have the spirit of the Holy Ghost to teach you and to open your mind more than you would ever have thought possible. These are special messages that are there for you for your individual needs at this particular time in your life." — Ardeth G. Kapp, "The Holy Scriptures: Letters from Home," "Ensign," Nov. 1985, p. 94

"I know that children need heroes—but not the kind of people you often see on television. If you want to know about very important people—friends from the past, present, and future—the best way to learn about them is from the scriptures. These people are true heroes." — Jan Pinborough and Elder Julio E. Dávila, "Friend to Friend," "Friend," Nov. 1993, p. 7

"You must also bend your efforts and your activities to stimulating meaningful scripture study among the members of the Church. Often we spend great effort in trying to increase the activity levels in our stakes. We work diligently to raise the percentages of those attending sacrament meetings. We labor to get a higher percentage of our young men on missions. We strive to improve the numbers of those marrying in the temple. All of these are commendable efforts and important to the growth of the kingdom. But when individual members and families immerse themselves in the scriptures regularly and consistently, these other areas of activity will automatically come. Testimonies will increase. Commitment will be strengthened. Families will be fortified. Personal revelation will flow." — Ezra Taft Benson, "The Power of the Word," "Ensign," May 1986, p. 81

"Another indispensable resource that assists us in using our agency wisely is holy scripture. The Apostle Paul explained, 'All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness' (2 Tim. 3:16). Nephi gave the additional prophetic promise that when we 'feast upon the words of Christ,... the words of Christ will tell [us] all things what [we] should do' (2 Ne. 32:3). In short, the scriptures are our life script, our instruction manual in mortality, if you will. But of course, if the universal teachings in holy writ are to benefit us, we must follow Nephi's additional counsel to 'liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning' (1 Ne. 19:23)." - Spencer J. Condie, "Agency: The Gift of Choices," Ensign, Sept. 1995, p. 22

"We are commanded to 'feast upon the words of Christ' and not just nibble (2 Ne. 32:3). Remember President Spencer W. Kimball's statement: 'I find that when I get casual in my relationships with divinity and when it seems that no divine ear is listening and no divine voice is speaking, that I am far, far away. If I immerse myself in the scriptures the distance narrows and the spirituality returns' (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [1982], p. 135). How many times did President Ezra Taft Benson urge us to read from the Book of Mormon daily? There is no other book that provides us with so much opportunity to 'feast on the words of Christ.' It really is another testament of Jesus Christ. Within its pages are 3,925 references to the Savior. On average, every 1.7 verses make reference to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is referred to by 101 different titles: Lord, Savior, Redeemer, the Only Begotten Son, the Good Shepherd, and so on. If you were to start on January 1st reading just two pages a day, by the time you came to September 22nd, you would have read the entire book. Are you reading from the scriptures every day? If not, now, this very day, is a good time to repent." - Joe J. Christensen, "Ten Ideas to Increase Your Spirituality," Ensign, Mar. 1999, p. 58

"All scriptures are one in that they testify of Jesus. Jacob, a Book of Mormon prophet, reminds us that 'none of the prophets have written, nor prophesied, save they have spoken concerning this Christ.' (Jacob 7:11.) Speaking of the scriptures, the Psalmist said, 'Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.' (Ps. 119:105.)" - James E. Faust, "The Keystone of Our Religion," Ensign, Nov. 1983, pp. 10-11

"Sherem, the anti-Christ, was able to deceive many Nephites in the time of Jacob because of their lack of scriptural knowledge (see Jacob 7:1-3, 23). Likewise, today some individuals by their smooth words and learning may deceive members of the Church. These modern Sherems call for such things as modifications in Church doctrine and liberalized moral standards. They call into question the decisions and directions of the Lord's anointed servants, and some members are led into inactivity and even apostasy by these people because they do not search and understand the scriptures as illuminated by the light of the Spirit." - Clyde J. Williams, "A Shield against Evil," Ensign, Jan. 1996, pp. 28-30

"Why did righteous fathers in the Book of Mormon go to so much trouble to teach their sons the word of God? King Benjamin said it was to fulfill the commandments of God. (See Mosiah 1:4.) He further stated that were it not for their having the brass plates which contained the commandments, they would have 'suffered in ignorance.' (Mosiah 1:3.) Could the lack of teaching the scriptures in our homes be a source of our suffering in ignorance today?" - Ezra Taft Benson, "Worthy Fathers, Worthy Sons," Ensign, November 1985, pp. 36-37

"...the words of Christ can be a personal Liahona for each of us, showing us the way. Let us not be slothful because of the easiness of the way. Let us in faith take the words of Christ into our minds and into our hearts as they are recorded in sacred scripture and as they are uttered by living prophets, seers, and revelators. Let us with faith and diligence feast upon the words of Christ, for the words of Christ will be our spiritual Liahona telling us all things what we should do." - W. Rolfe Kerr, "The Words of Christ-Our Spiritual Liahona," General Conference, April 2004

"I learned long ago that a period of uninterrupted scriptural study in the morning brings enduring enrichment. I feel as did Jeremiah: 'Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart' (Jer. 15:16). Sacred scriptures have been repeatedly described as 'glad tidings of great joy' (Hel. 16:14; Mosiah 3:3; Alma 13:22; see also Luke 2:10). As we learn and abide their teachings, that joy becomes part of our lives." - Russell M. Nelson, "Joy Cometh in the Morning," Ensign, November 1986, p. 69

"The holy scriptures are for children, to fill their eager minds with sacred truth. They are for youth, to prepare them for the challenges of our fast-moving world. They are for the sisters, remembering President Spencer W. Kimball's advice: 'We want our sisters to be scholars of the scriptures as well as our men.' (Ensign, Nov. 1978, p. 102.) They are for the brethren of the priesthood, that each may qualify for the description given in the Book of Mormon to the sons of Mosiah: 'They were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.' (Alma 17:2.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Come, Learn of Me," Ensign, December 1985, p. 48

"I love the scriptures. I testify that they are the word of God. I have likened a verse from Alma to my life: the scriptures have had a great tendency to lead me to do that which is just; yea, they have had a more powerful effect upon my mind than the sword or anything else which has happened unto me; therefore I have tried the virtue of the word of God. (See Alma 31:5.)" - Jay E. Jensen, "Remember Also the Promises," Ensign, November 1992, p. 80

"I am reading now the New Testament, and I am practicing as best I can the very thing that I am trying to give you, and I am sure it will be helpful to you. And so I suggest that you read every day fifteen to thirty minutes on some gospel theme. Get the habit, it will help you wonderfully; it will color the whole day. Your meditations will be upon the glorious things of our Heavenly Father. Then when the hour comes, and you ask for the inspiration of God, the Holy Ghost will quicken your memory, and the beautiful things from your reading will come to you and help and bless you." - Oscar A. Kirkham, "Conference Report," October 1944, Evening Meeting, p. 101

"It may be difficult to begin, but pick up the scriptures and immerse yourself in them. Look for favorite passages. Lean on the Master’s teachings, on His servants’ testimonies. Refresh your parched soul with the word of God. (See 2 Ne. 4:15–16.) The scriptures will give you comfort and the strength to overcome. (See Hel. 3:29–30.)" - Richard G. Scott, “Finding the Way Back,” Ensign, May 1990, 75

"As Paul told Timothy, 'all scripture is given by inspiration of God' (2 Tim. 3:16; also see 2 Pet. 1:21). This means that in order to understand scripture, our minds need to be enlightened by the Spirit of the Lord. As we learn from the fiftieth section of the Doctrine and Covenants, 'he that receiveth the word by the Spirit of truth receiveth it as it is preached by the Spirit of truth' (D&C 50:21). When this happens, the reader is edified by personal revelation." - Dallin H. Oaks, “Scripture Reading and Revelation,” Ensign, January 1995, p. 9

"In order that the young, vigorous and inquiring minds of youth in all ages might have a standard and an unfailing guide by which to measure all learning and thus be able to sift the golden kernels of truth from the chaff of delusion and untruth, we have had the scriptures from the beginning which were given 'by inspiration of God, and (are) profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.' (2 Tim. 3:16-17.) So the Master counseled us to search the scriptures, for in them we would find the way to eternal life, for they testify of the way men must travel to gain eternal life with him and with 'the Father which hath sent (him).' (John 5:30.)" - Harold B. Lee, "Decisions for Successful Living" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1973], pp. 189-190

"Paul told Timothy, his young brother in the gospel, 'All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, ...for instruction in righteousness' (2 Timothy 3:16). Obviously, all our canonized scriptures today, the Church's standard works, have come to us through men who at the time were living prophets to their people. These writings plus the inspired words of prophets of this dispensation, including those now living, constitute God's word to us." - Neal A. Maxwell, "If Thou Endure It Well" [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 73

"The devil wages war against the scriptures. He hates them, perverts their plain meanings, and destroys them when he can. He entices those who heed his temptings to delete and discard, to change and corrupt, to alter and amend, thus taking away the key which will aid in making men 'wise unto salvation.' (2 Tim. 3:15-17.)" - Bruce R. McConkie, "Doctrinal New Testament Commentary," 3 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-1973], 1:625

"Roll making is a great homemaking skill. As I bake them, a sweet aroma fills the house. I am able to show my love for my family by sharing something I created. When I study the scriptures, the Spirit of the Lord fills my home. I gain important understanding, which I then share with my family, and my love for them increases. The Lord has told us that our time should 'be devoted to the studying of the scriptures' (D&C 26:1) and that 'the Book of Mormon and the holy scriptures are given... for [our] instruction' (D&C 33:16). Every woman can be a gospel doctrine instructor in her home, and every sister in the Church needs gospel knowledge as a leader and teacher. If you have not already developed the habit of daily scripture study, start now and keep studying in order to be prepared for your responsibilities in this life and in the eternities." - Julie B. Beck, "My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures," Ensign, May 20

"Just as continuing revelation enlarges and illuminates the scriptures, so also a study of the scriptures enables men and women to receive revelations. Elder Bruce R. McConkie said, 'I sometimes think that one of the best-kept secrets of the kingdom is that the scriptures open the door to the receipt of revelation' (Doctrines of the Restoration, ed. Mark L. McConkie, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1989, p. 243). This happens because scripture reading puts us in tune with the Spirit of the Lord.

"The idea that scripture reading can lead to inspiration and revelation opens the door to the truth that a scripture is not limited to what it meant when it was written but may also include what that scripture means to a reader today. Even more, scripture reading may also lead to current revelation on whatever else the Lord wishes to communicate to the reader at that time. We do not overstate the point when we say that the scriptures can be a Urim and Thummim to assist each of us to receive personal revelation." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Scripture Reading and Revelation," Ensign, January 1995

"Let us establish in our lives the habit of reading those things which will strengthen our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. He is the pivotal figure of our theology and our faith. Every Latter-day Saint has the responsibility to know for himself or herself with a certainty beyond doubt that Jesus is the resurrected, living Son of the living God. The Brethren of the Council of the Twelve are advocating that we read a chapter a day of the Gospels—that is, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the Bible; and Third Nephi in the Book of Mormon, particularly beginning with the eleventh chapter of Third Nephi where is found the account of Christ's visit among the Nephites in this hemisphere. I should like to endorse this program and commend it to you and urge you to follow it." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Fear Not to Do Good," Ensign (CR), May 1983, p.79

"Nephi said: 'For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children' (2 Ne. 4:15). How can we engage our children in learning from the scriptures so that the testimonies of the prophets will make a difference in their lives? We have been counseled to read the scriptures together as families. When scripture reading and sharing is a tradition in our families, then our children are more likely to make it a habit in their personal lives." - Anne G. Wirthlin, "Teaching Our Children to Love the Scriptures," Ensign (CR), May 1998, p.9

"Every one of you can read something in the scriptures each day. You should spend some time pondering and studying the scriptures. It is better to read and ponder even one verse than none at all.... Few things you do will bring you greater dividends." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Growing into the Priesthood," Ensign (CR), November 1999, p.38

"'If ye love me, keep my commandments,' he told his people constantly. (John 14:15.)

"There are depths in the sea which the storms that lash the surface into fury never reach. They who reach down into the depths of life where, in the stillness, the voice of God is heard, have the stabilizing power which carries them poised and serene through the hurricane of difficulties.

"There are so many beautiful promises. To read the scriptures and turn the pages, and it seems that it is almost all rewards, evidence of living the commandments of the Lord." - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Rewards, the Blessings, the Promises," Ensign (CR), January 1974, p.14

"The Savior further said, 'Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.' The Book of Mormon account reads, 'For they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.' (3 Ne. 12:6.) This is important. The Holy Ghost is the great teacher and teaches us the truth of all things. God has documented his plan of salvation—a plan for our salvation. It is found in the holy scriptures and the Lord has commanded us to search the scriptures. (John 5:39.) The plan is not complicated, but it is comprehensive. It is so comprehensive that we never stop learning, yet it is beautifully simple. The Lord has promised us all that if we follow his program we will learn 'line upon line, precept upon precept' (D&C 98:12), until the perfect day." - Royden G. Derrick, "The Beatitudes and Our Perfection," Ensign (CR), May 1977, p.57

"On numerous occasions the Lord has commanded his disciples to search the scriptures in order to learn and live the doctrines of salvation. During his mortal ministry, the Savior stated, 'Search the scriptures;... they are they which testify of me.' (John 5:39.) During his appearance on the Western Hemisphere following his resurrection, Christ quoted from the scriptures and then said to the Nephites: 'Ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently.' (3 Ne. 23:1.) In our day, the Lord enjoins his followers to 'search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and... shall all be fulfilled.' (D&C 1:37.)" - Merrill J. Bateman, "Coming unto Christ by Searching the Scriptures," Ensign (CR), November 1992, p.27

"Some have suffered death to make it possible for us to have the scriptures today. Historically, the scriptures in the Bible were reserved for the clergy, with the reading of them by others being denounced. At times laws even prohibited the public or private reading of them. What a marvelous blessing we have to not only possess the most complete collection of scripture in history but also to have the freedom to search and to use them!

"One of the most sacred purposes for which the scriptures were written was to make it possible for all to know Christ. The scriptures teach and testify of Jesus Christ. They teach us much that we need to know and to do to return to the presence of the Savior. John was specific in giving the purpose of the scriptures when he said: 'But these [things] are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.' (John 20:31.)" - L. Lionel Kendrick, "Search the Scriptures," Ensign (CR), May 1993, p.13

"President Spencer W. Kimball has counseled us in this manner: 'Let us ... seek to read and understand and apply the principles and inspired counsel found within the [scriptures]. If we do so, we shall discover that our personal acts of righteousness will also bring personal revelation or inspiration when needed into our own lives. (Ensign, Sept. 1975, p. 4.)

"An abundance of modern revelation is to be found in latter-day scriptures. These scriptures explain in detail how to meet today's challenges. Knowledge received from studying the scriptures assists us in making correct decisions in all areas of life's activities and helps us to know God and understand his purposes." - Franklin D. Richards, "Life—A Great Proving Ground," Ensign (CR), May 1981, p.50

"As with voices from the dust, the prophets of the Lord cry out to us on earth today: take hold of the scriptures! Cling to them, walk by them, live by them, rejoice in them, feast on them. Don't nibble. They are 'the power of God unto salvation' (Doc and Cov 68:4) that lead us back to our Savior Jesus Christ.

"If the Savior were among us in the flesh today, He would teach us from the scriptures as He taught when He walked upon the earth. In the synagogue at Nazareth, 'there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias.... And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.' (Luke 4:17, 21.) Later when the Sadducees and Pharisees posed a difficult question, 'Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.' (Matthew 22:29.) And after His Resurrection, on the road to Emmaus, His disciples 'said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?' (Luke 24:32.) To His disciples then and now, His words ring out: 'Search the scriptures; for ... they are they which testify of me' (John 5:39.)—a testimony borne by the Holy Ghost, for 'by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.' (Moroni 10:5.)" - Robert D. Hales, "Holy Scriptures: The Power of God Unto Our Salvation," Ensign, November 2006

"In his day Alma found that the word of God in the scriptures and from living prophets had a 'more powerful effect upon the minds of [his] people than anything else' (Alma 31:5). In our day, 'What can [they] say more?' (Jacob 6:12.) Our challenge is to be quick to draw upon the real power of special, prophetic words to help us, including those which can help us to endure well." - Neal A. Maxwell, If Thou Endure It Well , p.74

"Today, reading and studying the scriptures continues to build our faith, helps us resist temptation, and allows us to grow closer to Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

"However, reading scriptures can present a challenge for everyone. President Boyd K. Packer shares his first attempts as a teenager at reading the Book of Mormon. He says: 'I opened it and read, 'I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents' (1 Nephi 1:1).... It was interesting, and I could follow it until I got over to the Isaiah chapters.... So a few months later I decided to try again to read the Book of Mormon. I read, 'I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents,' but every time I'd hit the barrier of those Isaiah chapters.... Finally I decided I was even going to read them.'

"And of course President Packer did read them. Persistence is the key. With every reading of the scriptures, unfamiliar words will take on meaning. You can read about heroes and great acts of courage. You can learn of the tender mercies of the Lord. And above all, you can feel the love of God and know that Jesus Christ is our Savior." - Vicki F. Matsumori, "A Lesson From the Book of Mormon," General Conference, April 2007

"Search the Scriptures, ye Saints of the Most High; among all your cares, and all your duties, search the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, of the Book of Mormon, and the revelations of God that have been written for our profit and learning.

"And to the young people among us, a generation brought up amid the hurry, toil, and cares..., I say do not neglect to treasure up in your hearts the history, and the prophecies, and their fulfillment, and the promises, and hopes shadowed forth therein, and the doctrines, and principles, and examples left on record.

"You may say you have not time; take those portions of time you would otherwise devote to something less useful. We all have time to do it. I have been as hard working in my day as any other man, perhaps, and I always had time to do it, and always have done it, and it was by the light that shone in a dark place, diligently and prayerfully searched out, and the Holy Spirit that shone upon the understanding, through the prayer of faith, and through diligent search, that caused me to see, and understand, and lay hold on certain things that came in fulfillment of these prophecies." - Parley P. Pratt, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., p.129

"If this people will believe the testimony contained in these four books concerning the kingdom of God upon the earth, and the hand dealing of the providence of God to his children, and do His will, I promise them eternal life, for such a belief and such a practice will lead them to the fountain where they can know for themselves, as Moses, the Prophets, Jesus, the Apostles and Ancient Saints, Joseph Smith and others of modern times knew; where like them we can receive the Spirit of eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, by which we may know the voice of the Good Shepherd, whenever and wherever we hear it. And as we know the voice of the Good Shepherd, so shall we learn to distinguish it from the voice of a stranger-the voice of the evil one. " - Brigham Young, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 10:302

"I find that if I pray not only to have a witness of the truthfulness of the scriptures but also to have the Spirit with me as I read, my sensitivity is heightened, and I see ever so much more clearly. I can see where I am in my life and where my Heavenly Father wants me to be. I can understand principles of truth, and I can see how to make the needed changes in my life. I can feel assured that the Lord will help and strengthen me to accomplish the task. Thus the scriptures become written in my life." - Cheryl C. Lant, "
My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures," CR October 2005

"As you read the scriptures, you will come to know that the Savior is not only the light and life of the world; He is our one bright hope. Through Him you can have the hope of returning to live with your Father in Heaven. Through Him you can repent and overcome the things that will keep you from being steadfast. Through Him you can find the strength and courage to press forward even when the winds of resistance blow." - Elaine S. Dalton, "Press Forward and Be Steadfast," Ensign (CR), May 2003, p.105

"In declaring new scripture and continuing revelation, we pray we will never be arrogant or insensitive. But after a sacred vision in a now sacred grove answered in the affirmative the question 'Does God exist?' what Joseph Smith and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints force us to face is the next interrogative, which necessarily follows: 'Does He speak?' We bring the good news that He does and that He has. With a love and affection born of our Christianity, we invite all to inquire into the wonder of what God has said since biblical times and is saying even now." - Jeffrey R. Holland, "My Words... Never Cease," General Conference, April 2008

"When we search the scriptures, we sit at the feet of prophets like Abraham, Isaiah, Peter, Paul, Nephi, Moroni, and Joseph Smith. These men received revelations in a former day and have much wisdom to share with us. Their counsel may be likened to a light positioned behind us. That light helps us understand things of the past and gives us partial vision for the future." - Carlos E. Asay, "The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood," Ensign (CR), November 1985, p.43

"Now in our day we have the standard works of the Church. We have the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. There are in these four books a total of 1579 chapters. I think it would not be too much to say that we could with propriety, day in and day out, consistently, read three chapters in one or the other of these works; and if we pursued such a course, we would read all of the Gospels in less than a month. We would read the entire New Testament in three months. We would read the Old Testament in ten months, and the whole Bible in thirteen months. We would go through the Book of Mormon in two and two-thirds months, the Doctrine and Covenants in a month and a half, and the Pearl of Great Price in five days. Taken altogether, we would read all the standard works in less than eighteen months and be ready to start over again." — Bruce R. McConkie, "Conference Report," October 1959, Second DayMorning Meeting, p.51

“When you read the scriptures with the Spirit, you do indeed feel knowledge fill your mind.” - Gene R. Cook, “Searching the Scriptures: Bringing Power to Your Personal and Family Study,” p. x

“Scripture study as individuals and as a family is most fundamental to learning the gospel. Daily reading of the scriptures and discussing them together has long been suggested as a powerful tool against ignorance and the temptations of Satan. This practice will produce great happiness and will help family members love the Lord and his goodness.” – “Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball,” p. 13

“Reading the scriptures together does indeed take energy and effort. But I have learned, as have many others, that you never have a spiritual experience with your family and then regret the effort it took. And spiritual experiences are what come to us when we read scriptures as a family.” - Gene R. Cook, “Searching the Scriptures: Bringing Power to Your Personal and Family Study,” p. 165

“For the next six months, your conference edition of the Ensign should stand next to your standard works and be referred to frequently. As my dear friend and brother Harold B. Lee said, we should let these conference addresses ‘be the guide to [our] walk and talk during the next six months. These are the important matters the Lord sees fit to reveal to this people in this day’ (in Conference Report, Apr. 1946, p. 68).” - Ezra Taft Benson, “Come unto Christ, and Be Perfected in Him,” Ensign (CR), May 1988, p. 84

"Few of us would go astray or lose our way if we regarded the scriptures as our personal guide or compass. (See Alma 37:44.) The iron rod is the word of God, and if held to, we will not fall." - Carlos E. Asay, "Opposition to the Work of God," Ensign (CR), November 1981, p. 67

"Through the scriptures, God does indeed 'show forth his power' to save and exalt His children. By His word, as Alma said, He enlarges our memory, sheds light on falsehood and error, and brings us to repentance and to rejoice in Jesus Christ, our Redeemer." - D. Todd Christofferson, "The Blessing of Scripture," Ensign (CR) May 2010

"The Lord said that when we read the revelations to one another, by his power we 'can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words.' (D&C 18:35–36.)

These things are the true measure of our progress. Far more important than counting things we can see are those spiritual things we can feel. 'Search the scriptures,' the Lord has told us, 'for … they are they which testify of me.' (John 5:39.)" - Boyd K. Packer, "The Library of the Lord," Ensign (CR) April 1990

Not all truths are of equal value, nor are all scriptures of the same worth. What better way to nourish the spirit than to frequently feast from the book which the Prophet Joseph said would get a man “nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book”? (History of the Church, 4:461.) - Ezra Taft Benson, "A New Witness for Christ," Ensign (CR) October 1984

As we live the principles of the Sermon on the Mount, we build a rock-solid foundation upon which our lives can safely be constructed.

The Lord, the great Master Architect, has given us perfect plans and specifications to guide us in the building of our lives. These are the sacred scriptures. They contain the words of the Lord and should be frequently read and pondered. - Keith W. Wilcox, "Look for the Beautiful," Ensign (CR) April 1985

Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high. They can become the key to open the channel to communion with our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. - Richard G. Scott, "The Power of Scripture," Ensign (CR) October 2011

Let these scriptures become worn and used so they will feel as comfortable in your hands as well-worn tennis shoes do on your feet. Study them daily. You may wish to resolve to read particularly the Book of Mormon within the next year. This can be done by averaging less than two pages per day. If you were to read four pages a day, you could within the next year read the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and the New Testament. This would be a worthy goal to establish. But please do not settle for less than absorbing the Book of Mormon in the next year of your life. - J. Thomas Fyans, "Prepare Now for Your Mission," Ensign (CR), May 1977, p.39

Scripture study strengthens us in several ways. First, information contained in the scriptures deepens and reinforces our knowledge and commitment to truth. Regular scripture study is as beneficial to our spiritual strength as regular exercise is to our physical strength. It is similar to “spiritual jogging.” - Jack H. Goaslind, "Look to the Future with Optimism," Ensign, April 1997

We are promised great blessings in this life also, if we will study and live the word of the Lord. Here are just a few of the blessings we may receive:

1. Power to live righteously...
2. Power to overcome evil...
3. Power to change the heart and attitude...
4. Increase in hope and joy...
5. Increase in knowledge and understanding...
6. Increase in testimony....

Jay E. Jensen, "Promises," Friend, August 1995

You will find that when Moroni’s promise is fulfilled and you are given the knowledge that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God, there will come with it a witness that Jesus is the Christ, the Redeemer and Savior of the world. I have never known an instance where this did not occur. Moreover, I do not believe a violation of this principle will ever take place. A spiritual witness of the Nephite scripture will always bring the certainty of the Savior’s existence. - L. Aldin Porter, "To Bear Testimony of Mine Only Begotten," Ensign (CR) May 2012

Immersion in the scriptures is essential for spiritual nourishment. The word of God inspires commitment and acts as a healing balm for hurt feelings, anger, or disillusionment. When our commitment is diminished for any reason, part of the solution is repentance. Commitment and repentance are closely intertwined. - Quentin L. Cook, "Can Ye Feel So Now?" Ensign (CR) November 2012

Oh, my brethren, let us not treat lightly the great things we have received from the hand of the Lord! His word is one of the most valuable gifts He has given us. I urge you to recommit yourselves to a study of the scriptures. Immerse yourselves in them daily so you will have the power of the Spirit to attend you in your callings. Read them in your families and teach your children to love and treasure them. - Ezra Taft Benson, "The Power of the Word," Ensign (CR) May 1986

It’s not always easy, and there are things I still don’t understand. But when I look past all that, craving the Lord’s companionship, the scriptures infuse my spirit with the Spirit. They will do the same for you. They will enlighten you, lift you, comfort you, strengthen you. They will envelop you in a warm blanket of heavenly love. How do I know? Because they do that for me. It is Heavenly Father’s promise to us. It is eating at the Lord’s table. - Bonnie D. Parkin, "Fat-Free Feasting," Ensign (CR) May 1995

The Lord knew that His children would need to learn how to find Him. “For strait is the gate,” He said, “and narrow the way that leadeth unto … exaltation … , and few there be that find it.”

The scriptures provide one of the best ways to find our course and stay on it. Scriptural knowledge also provides precious protection. - Russell M. Nelson, “Let Your Faith Show,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

Make scripture reading a part of your regular routine, and the blessings will follow. There is in the scriptures a voice of warning, but there is also great nourishment.

If the language of the scriptures at first seems strange to you, keep reading. Soon you will come to recognize the beauty and power found on those pages. - Boyd K. Packer, “The Key to Spiritual Protection,” Ensign (CR) November 2013

The Savior’s words were written for us. It’s OK if we’re weak, as long as we don’t stay weak, as long as we do something about it. - Carol B. Thomas, “Developing Our Talent for Spirituality,” Ensign (CR) April 2001

I wanted to leave this as a challenge, for I am persuaded that if I can start my day right by reading some appropriate scripture and then kneel and ask God to help me to remember it, and then if through the day I can remember that I am going to talk to him again that night and report on what I have been doing and how well I have kept my covenant, I believe it would help me to be a better man. - Hugh B. Brown, "Conference Report," October 1964, General Priesthood Meeting, p. 100

If you have not heard His voice speaking to you lately, return with new eyes and new ears to the scriptures. They are our spiritual lifeline. Behind the darkness of the Iron Curtain, the Saints survived because they heard His voice through the scriptures. In other parts of the world, when members couldn't attend Church for a time, they continued to worship God because they heard His voice through the scriptures. Throughout all the wars of the past century and the conflicts that rage today, Latter-day Saints survive because they hear His voice through the scriptures. For the Lord has said, "The scriptures shall be given . . . to the salvation of mine own elect; for they will hear my voice, and shall see me, and shall not be asleep, and shall abide the day of my coming; for they shall be purified, even as I am pure.” - Robert D. Hales, "Holy Scriptures: The Power of God unto Our Salvation,” Ensign (CR) October 2006

As we seek the Spirit, our scripture reading becomes more reflective. We rediscover the virtue of slow reading. There is more reading aloud as, perhaps, the scriptures were meant to be read. Brigham Young said: "All I have to do is … keep my spirit, feelings and conscience like a sheet of blank paper, and let the spirit and power of God write upon it what he pleases. When he writes, I will read; but if I read before he writes, I am very likely to be wrong.” - Douglas L. Callister, "Seeking the Spirit of God," Ensign (CR), November 2000, p.30

Remember that soothing, calming effect of reading the scriptures. Next time you are where they are read, notice how things settle down. Sense the feeling of peace and security that comes. - Boyd K. Packer, "Solving Emotional Problems in the Lord's Own Way," Ensign (CR), May 1978, p.91

The entire message of the New Testament breathes a spirit of awakening to the human soul. Shadows of despair are dispelled by rays of hope, sorrow yields to joy, and the feeling of being lost in the crowd of life vanishes with the certain knowledge that our Heavenly Father is mindful of each of us. - Thomas S. Monson, "The Spirit Giveth Life", Ensign (CR), May 1985, p.68

Read the Bible to get not only great truths of living but also great feeling and enlarged vision. Read it to get the depths of life. Make it your companion through life so that you may not live only on the surface, but on permanent effect. Do likewise with the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. Religion is the greatest instrument for raising us to the best of the highest life. - Levi Edgar Young, “Conference Report,” April 1952, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p.54

How can we keep ourselves on the straight and narrow way? The Lord gave the answer over and over again. We must learn the word of God by studying the scriptures and apply his word by praying daily to the Lord and serving our fellowmen. – Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Straight and Narrow Way,” Ensign (CR) November 1990

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