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|Studying Scripture As a Couple|
Oct. 12th, 2006 at 11:27 am
We have been reading scriptures together as a couple on a daily basis for most of the time we have been married. Usually it has been a chapter a day, though we doubled it up for a little while to meet President Hinckley’s challenge to read the Book of Mormon by the end of 2005.
Usually we read in the morning and whoever is more awake reads aloud while the sleepy one listens. If we miss in the morning then we read the chapter at night before we go to sleep and again the same principle is observed in determining who does the reading and listening.
Until recently the scripture text was always the Book of Mormon. We’d get to the end of Moroni and then start over again. We gained a lot of appreciation for the Book of Mormon from our experiences doing this.
After finishing the Book of Mormon this last time around, we decided to move to a different book of scripture. We are now reading the Old Testament together. After reading about the descendants (or generations) of Esau yesterday, this morning we began reading the story of Joseph. So we are well into Genesis, knowing there is still a long, long way to go.
Scripture study as a couple is rewarding in many ways. Daily scripture study adds up to a shared appreciation for particular books in the canon as well as the scriptures in general. If there is something one or both of us doesn’t understand, we are able to discuss it together. Sometimes one of us feels a part of the narrative is of particular interest and so scripture study becomes a time for one to share that point of view with the other.
There is, also, I think, a mutual understanding that due to our daily time constraints it is impossible to plumb the depths of the material that we are reading. If we have extra time, we usually use it to read an additional chapter. As we read, at most we have the time to discuss one or two specific points before we have to move on to other tasks. Sometimes a question arises and is left hanging as there isn’t enough time or information available to address it fully.
Still, as weeks, months and years pass, those questions and points, even if they aren’t answered thoroughly, add up to something significant. Occasionally a point will come up in a church gospel doctrine class or elsewhere and we will look at each other, knowing that we’ve already discussed this question and come up with some answers. Sometimes answers to questions or interesting points will come up regarding something we had discussed but hadn’t resolved completely. I enjoy those kinds of moments.