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06 November 2014

Mormon Bible Study: Psalms

I've been feeling the need to be more intentional about my Bible study. I'm pretty good with the Book of Mormon, and while I'm not horrible with the Bible, I don't feel like my knowledge of the Good Book is where it should be, either. So I've been thinking about what to do, and it seemed like the Spirit was saying, "Start a Bible study group." So that's what I did. And people have been joining. We're all going to have to learn together, because I really don't know what I'm doing. I also don't know of any LDS-specific Bible study guides. You can find tons of them online, produced by our Protestant brothers and sisters, but I haven't found any that are geared toward the Mormon understanding of scripture. So, for now at least, we're trying out a promising looking study guide that deals with the Book of Psalms. I don't know how well it's going to work, given the doctrinal differences, but I've always wanted to know more about the Psalms. So many of them are so lovely.

Mormon Bible Study: The Book of Psalms

So anyway. Kids are in bed, the house is all quiet. It's a lovely time to grab my scriptures for a bit before I sneak in some Minecraft and then head to bed. Not really expecting much, just planning to read some of the KJV versions of the verses there at the top, since I've found that it's pretty common for other translations to have some pretty significant meaning differences, and they're using the NIV. I started with the first one.

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
-Romans 15:4

Oi. It's Paul. Paul is always one that I struggle with. His style seems to just bounce right off me, rather than sink in. Off to visit scriptures.byu.edu. That site always helps me.

Hope is one leg of a three-legged stool, together with faith and charity. -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Ok. Hope. That's not what I was expecting to read about. Let's see who else has used this verse.

Hope feasts on the words of Christ, “through patience and comfort of the scriptures,” “written for our learning” (Rom. 15:4), and bolstered by “having all these witnesses” (Jacob 4:6; see also 2 Ne. 31:20).
-Neal A. Maxwell, April 2001 Conference

Hope. This verse is about hope. The scriptures bring hope.

Yes, I guess they do. That's very comforting.

In fact, the whole talk from President Uchtdorf is fantastic. It's the one where he tells the story of his refugee mother loosing the train with her four children on it while she was out looking for food on a dark night during World War II.  I can't even imagine. But he turns that story into a story of hope. It's beautiful.


Anne Chovies said...

I also began reading the bible again recently. I decided to learn more about the house of Israel and realized recently that doing that would range over a whole bunch of the gospel and cause me to dig into the bible quite a bit. I'm writing up what I'm finding and learning as I go and it's proving pretty interesting. Hope you enjoy your studying.

Anne Chovies said...

Oh, I was going to suggest you consider the institute study guides on the bible. They seem like they'd be a good resource.

James and Doralie said...

I was just about to suggest the same thing, the institute study guides. You could probably get one from your local institute and they are usually under $5.

Ritsumei said...

So far, I am enjoying it immensely. It's always satisfying to dig into the scriptures. At some point, I'd be interested in seeing what you're writing up about Israel. Are you going to post it on your blog?

Alisa Anderson Raty said...

The institute manuals are awesome study guides!! And they are online, too. Just look up lds.org, and go to resources and manuals. I've been studying the Old Testament using those for the last year. It's been great! I highly recommend them.


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