In 2017 I was able to see I’d read the whole Book of Mormon. That might seem like a no-brainer thing to keep track of, but I didn’t read the book cover to cover. I began in the middle of Alma and ended in the middle of Alma. Here’s how I keep track of my scripture reading.
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Making Time for Scripture Reading
First things first, we should probably discuss making time for scripture reading. Over the years I have tried several different methods:
- Setting a timer for 5 minutes
- Reading one chapter at a time
- Reading two chapters at a time
- Reading in the morning
- Reading at bedtime
- Listening to the scriptures via the Gospel Library App
- And more…
I have gone through phases where I’m super diligent and gain new insights every time I read. And I’ve gone through phases where I don’t pick up my scriptures for days (ok, weeks) and when I realize I’ve read a whole chapter and didn’t take in a single word.
I’m still not perfect at my scripture study. However, I can say that when I make scripture study a priority, it happens and I feel spiritually fed.
Tracking Scripture Study
Just as I have tried various ways to diligently read my scriptures, I have printed out almost as many scripture tracking sheets in the past. (Thanks, Pinterest!) But I never seemed to be able to keep up with them when I switched to reading my scriptures digitally.
The Mormon Mom Planner changed that.
In 2016 I got my first Mormon Mom Planner. I was diligent about keeping track of daily assignments in it and it had a pre-populated habit tracker with “prayer” and “scriptures” on each weekly spread. Seeing the reminder every day – and the huge motivation to check off every to-do item in my planner – drew me into the scriptures more consistently.
I found myself more motivated to read the scriptures when I remembered I could not only check off my weekly habit tracker, but also the scripture tracking charts that are in the front of the planner.
See a picture-tour of my 2017 planner here.
Alma to Alma
When I was called as the Personal Progress Cheerleader, I knew I wanted to complete Personal Progress again with the girls. I was in 2 Nephi at the time and considered starting the Book of Mormon over again so I could complete the Virtue value project. But I had my planner and just made a mark the date I was called on the chapter I was on. One year later I found myself back in 2 Nephi and was able to double check exactly where I had started my Virtue Value project reading. Confirming I’d read the whole book, I was able to complete the project by recording my testimony of it on my Personal Progress online journal.
Get a free printable for Personal Progress activities that go along with general conference here.
I began 2017 in the middle of Alma and as the months passed I saw in my planner that I was nearing Alma again. Seeing my progress made me re-double my efforts to finish the Book of Mormon again before the year ended. Four minutes before midnight on December 31, I finished the Book of Mormon for the second time in 2017 in a different way.
The Planner is My Key
Keeping track of my scripture reading in my Mormon Mom Planner has been the key to keeping me motivated to read. I am inspired by how far I have come and am encouraged to continue onward. It’s satisfying to objectively see how much of God’s word I’ve consumed from all of the standard works – The Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. I hope you will find whatever helps you return daily to the scriptures. It’s absolutely worth any sacrifice or effort.
How do you keep track of your scripture reading?