“For Our Profit and Learning”: One Method for Likening the Scriptures


Liken the scriptures, Book of Mormon, Religious learning, learning


One of the simplest things we can do to become more spiritual is to feast upon the scriptures every day.[1] I love the word feast when it comes to studying the scriptures, because it beautifully conveys what we really should do. When studying the scriptures, we take our time with them, savoring the words and their meaning, and allowing ourselves to be “nourished by the good word of God” (Moroni 6:4). We live in a fast-food world, where the emphasis is not placed on nourishment, enjoyment, or even taste but on the quickness with which we can scarf down the food and move on to something else. But with the study of the scriptures, there is no drive-through window. We are to feast and be filled. Nephi tells us to “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). It takes time and commitment to let those words work within our minds and hearts so they can tell us what we should do.

Original Publication Citation

“For Our Profit and Learning: One Method for Likening the Scriptures,” in The Religious Educator, vol. 16, no. 2, August 2015.

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Religious Studies Center




Religious Education


Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor