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Marking my scriptures

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!

Alma 5 questions

I substituted in Sunday School today and taught lesson 22 from the Book of Mormon. This covers Alma 5 – 7. Obviously we spent the whole time on Alma 5, and we only got halfway through.

I had prepared 30 copies of a handout that included all of the questions. There are 42 question marks, so I’ve left it at 42 questions. There are some long questions that are multi-part, so at one point I counted that there were 47 questions.

Anyway, here are the questions.

  1. Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance the captivity of your fathers? (v6)
  2. Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance his mercy and long-suffering towards them? (v6)
  3. Have ye sufficiently retained in remembrance that he has delivered their souls from hell? (v6)
  4. Were they destroyed? (v8)
  5. Were the bands of death broken, and the chains of hell which encircled them about, were they loosed? (v9)
  6. On what conditions are they saved? (v10)
  7. Grounds had they to hope for salvation? (v10)
  8. Is the cause of their being loosed from the bands of death, yea, and also the chains of hell? (v10)
  9. Did not my father Alma believe in the words which were delivered by the mouth of Abinadi? (v11)
  10. Is he not a holy prophet? (v11)
  11. Did he not speak the words of God, and my father Alma believe them? (v11)
  12. Have ye spiritually been born of God? (v14)
  13. Received his image in your countenances? (v14)
  14. Have you experienced this mighty change in your hearts? (v14)
  15. Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? (v15)
  16. Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body? (v15)
  17. Can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth? (v16)
  18. Do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say -Lord, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth-and that he will save you? (v17)
  19. Can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of God? (v18)
  20. Can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? (v19)
  21. Can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances? (v19)
  22. Can ye think of being saved when you have yielded yourselves to become subjects to the devil? (v20)
  23. What will these things testify against you? (v22)
  24. Do ye suppose that such an one can have a place to sit down in the kingdom of God, with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and also all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white? (v24)
  25. How will any of you feel, if ye shall stand before the bar of God, having your garments stained with blood and all manner of filthiness? (v22)
  26. Will they not testify that ye are murderers, yea, and also that ye are guilty of all manner of wickedness? (v23)
  27. If ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now? (v26)
  28. Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? (v27)
  29. Can ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? (v27)
  30. Can ye say that your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins? (v27)
  31. Are ye stripped of pride? (v28)
  32. Is there one among you who is not stripped of envy? (v29)
  33. Is there one among you that doth make a mock of his brother, or that heapeth upon him persecutions? (v30)
  34. If ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd, of what fold are ye? (v39)
  35. If you are not sheep of the good shepherd, the devil is your shepherd. Who can deny this? (v39)
  36. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself? (v45)
  37. Do ye suppose that I know of their surety? (v45)
  38. Can ye withstand these sayings; yea, can ye lay aside these things, and trample the Holy One under your feet; yea, can ye be puffed up in the pride of your hearts; yea, will ye still persist in the wearing of costly apparel and setting your hearts upon the vain things of the world, upon your riches? (v53)
  39. Yea, will ye persist in supposing that ye are better one than another; yea, will ye persist in the persecution of your brethren, who humble themselves and do walk after the holy order of God, wherewith they have been brought into this church, having been sanctified by the Holy Spirit, and they do bring forth works which are meet for repentance-Yea, and will you persist in turning your backs upon the poor, and the needy, and in withholding your substance from them? (v54-55)
  40. What have ye to say against this? (v58)
  41. What shepherd is there among you having many sheep doth not watch over them, that the wolves enter not and devour his flock? (v59)
  42. If a wolf enter his flock doth he not drive him out? (v59)

The noisy world we live in

As we finished studying the Book of Mormon in Institute in April, we read Moroni 9:18–20. Here, Mormon has written a letter to Moroni and is describing the wickedness of the people:

O the depravity of my people! They are without order and without mercy. Behold, I am but a man, and I have but the strength of a man, and I cannot any longer enforce my commands.

And they have become strong in their perversion; and they are alike brutal, sparing none, neither old nor young; and they delight in everything save that which is good; and the suffering of our women and our children upon all the face of this land doth exceed everything; yea, tongue cannot tell, neither can it be written.

And now, my son, I dwell no longer upon this horrible scene. Behold, thou knowest the wickedness of this people; thou knowest that they are without principle, and past feeling; and their wickedness doth exceed that of the Lamanites.

That line “past feeling” reminds us of what Nephi said to his brothers in 1 Nephi 17: 45:

Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words; wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder, which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder.

That phrase “past feeling” is great. You can look at it in so many ways. The student manual for the Book of Mormon institute course had a great quote about this from President Packer:

“The world grows increasingly noisy. Clothing and grooming and conduct are looser and sloppier and more disheveled. Raucous music, with obscene lyrics blasted through amplifiers while lights flash psychedelic colors, characterizes the drug culture. Variations of these things are gaining wide acceptance and influence over our youth. . . .

“This trend to more noise, more excitement, more contention, less restraint, less dignity, less formality is not coincidental nor innocent nor harmless.

“The first order issued by a commander mounting a military invasion is the jamming of the channels of communication of those he intends to conquer.

“Irreverence suits the purposes of the adversary by obstructing the delicate channels of revelation in both mind and spirit”

President Boyd K Packer in Conference Report, Oct. 1991, 28; or Ensign, Nov. 1991, 22

When I read that, it totally made me think of the Internet. The Internet is so distracting for people. There is definitely “less restraint” and “less dignity” in the way many people communicate with each other. It can definitely be a tool of Satan to distract us from better things. I found it interesting that the quote is from the fall of 1991, about 3 years before the Internet started to be accessible by vast numbers of people. I guess that is yet another reason why we need prophets, seers and revelators!