“Lessons in Pondering the Scriptures,” Ensign, Jan. 2009, 15
“The Prophet Joseph Smith provided an important guideline about pondering and reflecting upon the scriptures. He taught: ‘I have a key by which I understand the scriptures. I enquire, what was the question which drew out the answer, or caused Jesus to utter the parable?’ (History of the Church, 5:261). Thus, striving to understand the question that preceded a particular revelation, parable, or episode can assist us in obtaining a deeper understanding of the scriptures” (“Because We Have Them before Our Eyes,” New Era, Apr. 2006, 6).