The best way to create
a habit of daily study is to set a goal and one of the best ways to keep
goals is to figure out HOW you're going to accomplish your goal. Just
follow these three easy steps! (Make sure you don't miss the link for
the LDS Scripture Study Calculators I've made for each book!)
1. Decide which book
of LDS Scripture you're going to study:
- Book of Mormon
- Doctrine and Covenants
- Pearl of Great Price
- Old Testament
- New Testament
If you're not sure which
to pick, I suggest starting with the Book of Mormon.
2. Decide if you're
going to study per page or per chapter:
- Pages vary
as well (because of the size of the footnotes section) but on average
take about the same amount of time to read. I suggest this method for
those who need help keeping goals.
vary greatly in length (number of verses/words) so if you pick this
method you will have a lot of reading to do one day and less to do the
next. This option is less consistent time-wise.
- Pages ending
with Chapters is a mix of the two, you start by reading your
daily page goal but continue until you've finished the chapter you're
in the middle of. This option is great for those who don't want to stop
in the middle of a story/event.
- If you're not sure
go to the next step and see the LDS
Scripture Study Calculators to figure out which study method works
3. Calculate Your
I've made this part
very easy by putting together LDS
(If you'd like to calculate
your goal on your own follow these directions below, if not visit the
Do it yourself calculations:
Take the number of Pages or Chapters of the book you've
chosen to read and divide by the number of pages/chapters
you want to study each day (to figure out how many days it will
take) OR by the total number of days to complete your goal (to
figure out how many pages/chapters you must study each day.) SEE EXAMPLES
Here are the total pages/chapters
for all LDS Scriptures in the standard size**, English text:
of Great Price
**For smaller/larger sizes you will need to figure out the number of pages (chapters
will be the same of course) by looking at your LDS scriptures. Note: The
New Testament page numbers continue from the Old Testament so you will
need to take the LAST number of the NT and subtract the LAST number of
the OT to get the total pages for the NT.
1. You decide
to study three pages a day in the Book of Mormon which has 531 pages.
Now divide 531 by 3 (number of pages to read each day) and it will take
177 days (just under 6 months) to complete your goal.
2. You wish
to study the New Testament in 6 months (that's about 183 days), chapter
by chapter. There are 260 chapters so you divide 260 by 183 days to
find that it will take you 1.42 chapters a day. Since you're studying
chapters it's harder to read 1 1/2 chapters per day, so one suggestion
would be to read 1 chapter one day and 2 chapters the next.
3. You want
to finish the entire standard works in one year (365 days) but are unsure
if you wish to study by chapter or by page (although it's the same amount
of reading over all).
2468 divided by 365 equals 6.76 pages to study per day. One idea I
would suggest with this goal is to use the Pages and Chapters
option, mentioned above: Study six pages and then continue reading
until you reach the end of a chapter. This way you'd end up studying
the extra .76 pages each day.
1581 divided by 365 (days) equals 4.33 chapters to read per day. One
suggestion to achieve this goal would be to study four chapters one
day and five the next.
I know these goals work,
I've used them several times myself with HUGE success! May God be with
you as you study his beautiful words!
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