Forming Habits: Daily Scripture Reading

May 3rd, 2007  |  Published in Habits, Mormonism, Scriptures  |  3 Comments

Welcome to Above Yourself, a blog about self-improvement and faith. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe in a reader or subscribe by email. Many of the topics here are related to my faith in Jesus Christ and Mormonism, but all are welcome to share their own beliefs. Thanks for visiting!

We live in a time where we’re blessed to have access to God’s word through the scriptures. These holy books contain God’s word written by his prophets. Many of us have read some part of the scriptures before, but why should we read the scriptures on an ongoing basis? Elder Henry B. Eyring replied to that question in a discussion on scripture study:

The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and we learn about Him in its pages. We know that it has great power. It has the power to change lives. It has the power to convert. If you read it with an open heart, you will know that it is the word of God and that it is true.

Through the Book of Mormon the Lord can also teach us about being with and serving people. This book reveals the will of the Lord for family life in a way that the other scriptures don’t even approach. I believe that is largely because of its interesting structure. It’s about families; it’s about people’s relationships. It starts with families, it ends with families, and we come to love these families.

Like any habit, daily scripture reading takes practice. To start, it’s best to decide on a time each day that you can read the scriptures. If you can make a habit of getting up early, beginning your day with scripture reading can have a profound effect on your life. Keep track of your progress and set goals, perhaps using the online tools at My wife and I are on a scripture-reading “team” that lets us keep track of each others’ reading, as well as to keep track of our family scripture reading.

Let us know of any tips you may have for daily scripture reading in the comments.


  1. Sham says:

    May 4th, 2007 at 12:27 am (#)

    Inspirational blog you have here. I see that you have a new blog. Wish you all the best for the future. Keep up the good work.


  2. Alex says:

    May 4th, 2007 at 8:34 am (#)

    Thanks for the comment! Since I’m really just getting started (the site is still less than 48 hours old, I really appreciate your thoughts.

    Your blog looks great, by the way! I’m happy to see that there are lots of people out there on a similar mission for self-improvement.

  3. Website Profile: » Above Yourself says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 8:18 am (#)

    [...] to share their own beliefs. Thanks for visiting! As a follow-up to a previous post entitled “Forming Habits: Daily Scripture Reading“, daily scripture reading for me has not yet become an automatic habit like it was in my high [...]

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