Entitled to Revelation had a posting earlier this week about colour-coding your scriptures. That has prompted me to share how I’ve marked my scriptures in the past.
I attended Seminary when I was in high school. I had a set of scriptures that I used. They were the less expensive kind, so the quality of the binding wasn’t great. After 4 years of study, they were falling apart. Around when I turned 18 I got a new set of scriptures. They were beautiful! Unfortunately, they didn’t have any of my markings in them. That was less beautiful 🙁
I spent the next year copying over my markings, and then starting new ones. At the time, I decided on a colour coding system. I can’t remember all of them, but this is generally how it worked:
- Blue – rightesouness
- Orange – wickedness
- Burgundy – prophecy
- Green – general
- Yellow – commandments
There may have been more, but that is what I can remember off the top of my head. Here is a page showing some of the colours.
Here I am 18 years later, and I am so grateful I marked them that way. At a glance I can see what the page is about. It also helps me look things up as I generally know where things are, and I know the type of scripture it is, so I can focus on a colour when I’m searching.
I don’t mark with colour any more. I generally underline in pen and/or make notes in the margins. But I love my work from before my mission. It has served me well!
Posted in General Religion and Spirituality, Mormon Church Doctrine and Teachings, Mormon Church Scripture
Tagged colours, commandments, marking scriptures, prophecy, revelation, scripture, scripture study, scriptures, seminary, wickedness
I’m at home now. I can’t say enough about how great the Move Networks player is. I watched it through my laptop on my 26″ HD TV, and it was perfect. Very impressive. The only thing is that the stream seems to be a few minutes behind the live broadcast (even when you are showing it “live”).
I liked watching all of the various leaders sit down before the session started. There is a lot of smiles, a lot of hand-shaking, and a lot of talking. I know people who are so uptight about reverence, and that when you walk into the chapel it should be silent. I know the Conference Center isn’t a chapel, but for the purposes of General Conference, it is, and it is great to see people being so friendly with each other. It’s also nice to see everyone (including the leaders) stand as the First Presidency walks in. I also liked seeing President Eyring whisk something off of President Monson’s shoulder. Maybe something from lunch? 🙂
President Henry B Eyring conducted the session.
The choir sang “Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise”.
Elder Carlos H Amados offered the invocation.
The choir sang “Know This, That Every Soul Is Free”
President Eyring conducted the business. Several members of the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy were released, but no one was called to replace them.
Elder Dallin H Oaks ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- God’s love and God’s commandments
- The love of God does not supersede his commandments.
- His commandments do not diminish the love of God
- Every parent knows you can love a child and be angry and disappointed
- The love of God is so universal, even those who are rebellious benefit
- Where do parents draw the line with children that are not following the commandments. Don’t go to extremes (shunning the person, or totally ignoring the disobedience)
- Real love does not support self-destructive behaviour
Elder Robert D Hales ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- We live in a time where secularism is deepening
- We declare We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost
- Why is belief in God so important?
- Without God, life would end at the grave, and life would have no purpose
- Cultivate a diligent desire to know God lives
Elder Jorge F Zeballos
- From a purely human point of view at first, the commandment to be perfect seems to be an impossible task
- The command to become perfect encourages us to achieve the best of ourselves
- God will not require more than the best we can give
- Let us with enthusiasm do all that is within our reach
- It is possible to achieve the impossible. We can receive eternal life. We can be happy now
President Eyring forgot 3 other names that are being released from the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy
The choir sang “Come, Ye Children of the Lord”
Elder Tad R Callister ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- Joseph was the Lord’s anointed
- He learned 4 fundamental truths
- God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ are two separate, distinct beings
- The Father and Son have glorified bodies of flesh and bones
- God still speaks to man today; the heavens are not closed
Does God love us as much today as before?
Does God have the same power today as then?
Do we need him as much today as then?
- The full and complete Church of Jesus Christ was not on the earth
- Hard to believe Joseph Smith saw angels? Were there not angels before? Mary, Joseph, Peter, James, John, Cornelius, Paul, Stephen all saw angels
- There will always be an intellectual crisis, but there will always be faith that can strengthen us
- Attempts to intellectualise salvation will never find the answers they seek. At some point, one must trust in God.
Elder Kent R Watson
- Exercise self-control
- Peace of mind and security and happiness do not come from buying things we can’t afford
- Security from our families comes from learning self-control
- Peace of mind comes from faith in Jesus Christ
- Happiness comes from being diligent in keeping covenants
Elder Neil L Andersen ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- I have felt His love in sacred and unforgettable ways
- Spiritual arms of mercy, safety, love
- We rejoice in repenting and the joy of forgiveness
- There is no sin that cannot be forgiven (other then turning away)
- “Will ye not now return unto me… that I may heal you?”
- Repentance is more of a journey than an event
- “You can’t feel what I have felt” – I don’t fully understand, but there is One who does. He does. He has felt your pain. He has said “I have engraven thee upon the palms of my hands”
- I promise you, relief will come
- Do not procrastinate the day of your repentance
President Boyd K Packer (spoke from a chair)
- We must use our agency wisely
- Pure intelligence can be spoken into the mind
- The Spirit can protect you
- The Gift of the Holy Ghost operates with men, women and children
- Keep your mind clean and free from the clutter of the world
- No matter who you are and what you may have done, you can always pray
- Learn to pray. Pray often. Pray in your mind, in your heart. Pray on your knees. Prayer is your personal key to heaven and the lock is on your side of the veil.
- He has learned to conclude all prayers with “Thy will be done”
The choir sang “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”
The benediction was offered by Robert S Wood (who was released today)
Read the recaps and other notes from the 179th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
Posted in Mormon Church Doctrine and Teachings, Mormon Church Hierarchy, Mormon General Conference
Tagged 179th semiannual general conference, Boyd K. Packer, carlos h amados, commandments, conference centre, Dallin H. Oaks, first presidency, Henry B. Eyring, jorge f zeballos, kent r watson, love, neil l andersen, repentance, reverence, Robert D. Hales, robert s wood, tad r callister, temperence