1.SCRIPTURES THAT EMPHASIZE THE NECESSITY OF MEDITATIVE SCRIPTURE STUDY. Joshua 1:8“Thou shalt meditate therein” 2 Nephi 32:3“Feast upon the words of Christ” Helaman 3:29“Search these things diligently” 3 Nephi 17:3“Ponder upon these things” D&C 11:22“Study my word”
D&C 21:6“Behold, let your time be devoted to the studying of the scriptures . . . and then it shall be made known what you shall do” D&C 33:16“the holy scriptures are given of me for your instruction” D&C 35:20,21 “the scriptures shall be given, . . . to the salvation of mine own elect; for they will hear my voice, and shall see my face. . .” D&C 42:28“Thou knowest [that] my laws concerning these things are given in my scriptures . . .” D&C 71:1“. . . Expounding the mysteries out of the scriptures according to that portion of Spirit and power which shall be given unto you . . .” D&C 84:85“Treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man [woman who has prepared by treasuring up the words of life]. D&C 88:77“And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom”
2.GENERAL AUTHORITY STATEMENTS STRESSING THE URGENCY OF PONDERING THE SCRIPTURES. President Harold B. Lee, July 15, 1972, Church News
“Testimony isn’t something you have today, and you are going to have always. A testimony is fragile. It is as hard to hold as a moonbeam. It is something you have to recapture every day of your life.”
President Spencer W. Kimball (“How Rare a Possession the Scriptures!” Ensign, September 1976, pp. 2-5)
“Perhaps you will have noticed that for many years the General Authorities have urged us all with increasing frequency and in a spirit of love to adopt a program of daily gospel study in our homes, both as individuals and as families . . .
“I feel strongly that we must all of us return to the scriptures . . . and let them work mightily within us, impelling us to an unwavering determination to serve the Lord.
“The Lord is not trifling with us when he gives us these scriptures, for “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” (Luke 12:48) Access to these things means responsibility for them. We must study the scriptures according to the Lord’s commandment (see 3 Nephi 23:1-5), and we must let them govern our lives and the lives of our children. So I ask all to begin now to study the scriptures in earnest.”
President Ezra Taft Benson (Regional Representative’s Seminar, April 4, 1985)
“One of the most important things you can do . . . is to immerse yourself in the scriptures. Search them diligently. Feast upon the words of Christ. Learn the doctrine. Master the principles that are found therein. There are few other efforts that will bring greater dividends . . . There are few ways to gain greater inspiration. When individual members and families immerse themselves in the scriptures regularly and consistently . . . testimonies will increase, commitment will be strengthened, families will be fortified, personal revelation will flow. . . . studying the scriptures is not a burden laid upon [the saints] by the Lord but a marvelous blessing and opportunity.”
Pres. Spencer W. Kimball (Address to CES personnel, July 11, 1966, BYU.)
“I find that when I get casual in my relationships with divinity and when it seems that no divine ear is listening and no divine voice is speaking, that I am far away [from God], that if I immerse myself in the scriptures the distance narrows and the spirituality returns.”
Pres. Harold B. Lee (Regional Representative Seminar, Oct. 1970)
“If we are not reading the scriptures daily, our testimonies are growing thinner.”...