Dear 100 Hour Board,
What's the best way to turn scripture study into a regular (preferably, daily) habit?
- Working on it
dear working on it,
you just have to decide to do it. pick a time that is best for you and read then. i used to read every night before i went to sleep. then i just decided that i would rather read in the morning. so i started waking up 15 minutes earlier so that i could read for 10 minutes and still do what i needed to in the morning. just make time for scripture study, and then be religious about it (no pun intended... ok, maybe it was).
decide beforehand how much you're going to read at minimum: so many pages, chapters, or minutes. do this just to get a habit going and until you decide how you want to do your scripture study. if you're really into what you're reading, don't feel bad to go over these bounds. make sure to not stop early: that's just a way to start a habit of laziness.
once you do get a habit going, keep track of it for a little while. then, if you miss a day, recognize how long you had been reading and try to beat that. i've been reading the scriptures every day for years now, knowing that if i miss one day, i'm going to have to work at it for a long time before i can do better. yeah, that's really daunting, actually (kinda the point, too).
good luck with this. just decide to start a habit, then actually make the habit. it's a mind thing.
Ignorant's advice is great and is a recipe for success, to be sure. I just wanted to throw in the idea of finding a topic you'd like to understand better and studying that, if you don't like just straight reading. Pick something you're struggling with in your life and learn how to overcome it in the scriptures.
You also might want to think about reading a church manual along with your reading. Mr. Nike did that on his mission and he really got into the Old Testament . Maybe it can work for you too!
Dear Faithful Person,
Ignorant and Nike have some great points. For a year I used to read, even if only one verse, right before I went to sleep. Life changed, and habits changed with it. Stopped reading for nearly six months (ouch!) but then... life changed again, and now...
I've been reading every morning (and I am NOT a morning person... ask my roommates) for roughly a half hour each day. Thing is for me that I wanted to read the BoM, and the D&C cause I've never read the whole D&C before in my life, including mission time.
So- I read a chapter per each per day, no matter how long it is. Usually, the D&C sections that I've hit so far... just over 50 and counting, are way shorter than the BoM ones, and hey... since it's new to me, it's interesting, and normally applicable to my life at the time.
The BoM is definitely inspiring and insightful, but I've read it how many times by now? There's a little less in the way of "pure intent" than there is for me reading the D&C. So... The BoM I consider my appetizer, and then the D&C is the entree, with spice and good stuff thrown in. Dessert is my daily actions, and hopefully they fall in line into something I've read that day.
At the very least, last semester when I started doing that... reading the BoM every morning due to Hinckley challenge, I've never had as good grades yet at BYU and raised my GPA by a tenth. (When you're a Senior, raising a GPA by a tenth is akin to remaking the wheel/ miracle if it improves.)
So, life is good, the Book is true, and so is the Church!
Best regards for a happy spiritual life,
Dear working on it,
Do it regularly (preferably daily).