7 Reasons to Read the Scriptures

Courtesy LDS Media LibraryHere are seven reasons why studying the scriptures is a really great idea—from the scriptures themselves.

1. The scriptures will make your way prosperous and bring you success.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8.)

2. They will help you develop patience and bring you comfort and hope.

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4.)

3. They will make you wise and are profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction.

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:15–17.)

4. As you liken them to yourself, you will learn from them and profit from them.

And I did read many things unto them which were written in the books of Moses; but that I might more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer I did read unto them that which was written by the prophet Isaiah; for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning. (1 Nephi 19:23.)

5. The words of Christ will tell you all things that you should do.

Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do. (2 Nephi 32:3.)

6. The word of God has a more powerful effect on the minds of people than anything else.

And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God. (Alma 31:5.)

7. The scriptures will protect you and prevent you from being deceived.

And whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived. . . . (Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:37.)

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