Have you ever said to yourself “I am going to start reading my scriptures more”? Often we have good intentions for reading scriptures, but end up falling through on them. In October, for instance, I planned on reading my Book of Mormon in 30 days. A few months later, and I finally completed it. Sometimes reading scriptures can be hard mentally. The trick is to find what makes us motivated. I’m giving you a list of the things that help me stay motivated to read my scriptures
Book of Mormon Reading Chart: I am the kind of person who gets a warm and fuzzy feeling inside when I can check off a little box saying that I have completed something. Being able to check off each chapter and see my progress on a reading chart motivates me to read more. Download this one, fold it up, and tuck it into your scriptures. Or, for a more “in your face” approach, tape it to your fridge, or T.V. stand. Seeing it everyday will remind you to read.
Friends: Involve your friends. Challenge them to see who can read through the scriptures first. Add a little incentive if needed, but get them involved. Send them reminders to read theirs and have them send you reminders, or read them together. You are less likely to quit something when you have a partner.
Discussions: If you are a blogger or vlogger, set up a weekly series where you discuss the scriptures you have read. You could even post them on your Facebook or Instagram feed. Having some accountability should help you stay on track.
Challenge or Reward yourself: Challenge yourself to read at least 1-2 chapters per day. If you continually meet this challenge, increase the amount you are reading. Don’t forget to reward yourself. Maybe a piece of chocolate for every book you read, or a new pair of shoes once you finish the entire book. Find what will motivate YOU.
Wake early: Chances are, if you wait until later in the evening, you won’t read. Instead, set an alarm and wake up 20 minutes earlier each day. Use this time for reading scriptures and preparing for the day mentally.
Set timers: This can be taken two ways: one, set a timer for 20 minutes and read for just those 20 minutes, or two, set a timer on your phone to go off during a time you know you have free. Stop whatever you are doing when you hear this timer and read.
BEGIN: Don’t wait until tomorrow. Don’t wait until your new scriptures arrive in the mail, or until Sunday. Begin now. Starting a task is usually the most difficult part of completion.
What helps you stay motivated to read your scriptures?