“Because of it, I’ve become the spiritual leader of my family,” Ensign, Dec. 1972, 23
Some time ago our stake president challenged me to memorize a certain scripture: “For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.” (D&C 84:33.)
He also shared his method for memorizing scripture. He would write on a card that he carried in his pocket the first letter of each word of the scripture. Then, while waiting for a stoplight, or whenever time was available, he would memorize the scripture.
I have done as he challenged, and it has led me to read and study the scriptures. Now I actually study them, as opposed to merely reading them, which makes it necessary to research a subject in all the standard works. It has been a real joy to find different scriptures on similar topics written by different prophets. Their personalities and cultures and points in history come forth to add color and interest.
But even more important, my sudden interest in studying and memorizing has had an effect on my family that I would not have considered. I feel that because of it, I’ve become the spiritual leader of my family. Our children not only read more but are trying to learn a new scripture each week.
My testimony has been strengthened, and I feel more assurance in gospel discussions. I have become a strong advocate for study and memorization of scriptures because I have seen what it has done for me and my family.