Three ideas Footnotes Doctrinal insights/personal interests Quotes from prophets
Question Where would you find the explanation of the abbreviations in your footnotes?
Footnotes GR = translation from the Greek (New Testament) HEB = translation from the Hebrew (Old Testament) IE= [that is] an explanation of idioms and difficult constructions
JST = Joseph Smith Translation Or = alternate words to clarify the meaning of archaic expressions Editorial notes = other helps
Examples GR = Mark 9:45a (p. 1258) HEB = Deut. 16:21a (p. 280) IE = Isaiah 58:4b (p. 931) JST = Exodus 7:1b & 1c (p. 88) Or = Luke 24:49b (p. 1324) Editorial notes = 2 Nephi 12:2a (p. 81)
Other examples Genesis 3:16 (p. 5-6) Genesis 6:16a (p. 10) Matthew 2:6d (p. 1188) Revelations 12:5 (p. 1577)
Doctrinal Insights Nature of God? God’s mercy? Blessings of obedience? Products of sin? Miracles? Precepts? Comfort scriptures?
Notes from the Prophets This clarifies Alma 36:12 BKP April 2001 racked = tortured anciently a rack was a framework on which the victim was laid with each ankle and wrist tied to a spindle which could then be turned to cause unbearable pain.
harrow = a frame with spikes through it ; when pulled across the ground, it rips and tears in into the soil. torment = to twist; torture so painful that even the innocent would confess.
Joseph Smith A man is his own tormentor and his own condemner... The torment of disappointment in the mind of a man [or woman] is as exquisite as a lake burning with fire and brimstone.
A few study ideas 1.Music. Read a hymn each day and then look up the scriptures printed at the bottom of the hymn. Mark "Hymn #____" next to the verse.
2. Bible Dictionary. Read one term a day and mark your scriptures accordingly. After doing this you will be well-versed in gospel terms.
3. Footnote Frenzy. Look up EVERY SINGLE footnote as you read. I did this for six months once and the result was a clear realization that each book of scripture teaches the same truths and they come together as one BIG truth!
4.Topical. What are your current struggles? Look them up in the Topical Guide and help yourself! There's more in there than you think, for example: "Family, Managing Finances in" or “Comfort” or "Despair" or "Hope."
5.Articles of Faith. Start with the first "believe" in the first Article of Faith and study every term until you get to "things" in the Thirteenth Article of Faith. You'll be an expert on the Articles of Faith.
6.Patriarchal Blessing. Go through your Patriarchal Blessing and look up the terms used and promises given you. Did the Patriarch ever quote scripture? Find the verse and mark "My P. Blessing" in the margin.
Spencer W. Kimball I am convinced that each of us, at some time in our lives, must discover the scriptures for ourselves--and not just discover them once, but rediscover them again and again. (“How Rare a Possession--The Scriptures!,” Tambuli, Dec 1985, 3)