I learned this on my mission almost 40 years ago, and I still remember most of it. Here’s how it works – instead of memorizing hundreds of scriptures, you just memorize important chapter headings. For example, 2 Nephi 9 (which we learned about last Sunday) is about the Atonement of Christ. Once you memorize that information, every time you try to remember “that scripture about the atonement”, the odds are it is in 2 Nephi 9. You can flip to that book, look at your highlights, and find it in a heartbeat. It actually gives you scripture mastery with minimal effort.
I have prepared a document I call “Scriptorian’s Key to the Book of Mormon”. It has only 90 simplified chapter headings which give you mastery of the whole book! They are short and easy to remember.
Here’s what I suggest: Get up each morning, do your morning routine, sit down for 2 minutes and memorize one more chapter heading, then review the previous four days. Say your morning prayers and head off to your day. Add 1, review 4 every day until you are finished.
In less than three months you will be a Book of Mormon scriptorian.
I have created a new page on the Un-Blog “Scriptorian’s Key“. It contains the key and a link where you can download the PDF version of the Scriptorian’s Key for the Book of Mormon and D&C.
I have been planning to make a similar key for the New Testament. Let me know if you would like these additional Scriptorian’s Keys.
I know just a few of you will actually make use of this tool. We’re all busy in various ways, and it does require a small but sustained effort. But, I want to share it because memorizing this key has blessed my life for four decades, and has had a lot to do with why I do what I do today. I call upon it almost every day to lead me to references I love, but can’t remember the exact verse.
© February 2012, John M. Pontius, all rights reserved. Non-commercial reproduction permitted.