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Oak Norton - Just trying to share a love of the scriptures with others.

Stirred up
Aug 09

Are you stirred up? Is your heart at war or peace?

Have you ever been emotionally charged about something? A good, vigorous indignation, maybe over someone folding your laundry wrong or burning the green beans and setting off the fire alarm? Well who hasn’t gotten upset about something trivial and meaningless? It’s human nature (the natural man) to do so. The purpose of mortality in a […]

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Children of Light
Aug 02

Our Duty as Children of Light

Jesus called his followers the “children of light” (Luke 16:8). Using this phrase, the apostle Paul wrote (1 Thessalonians 5): 5. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us […]

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Scripture Study Techniques 11 - Lists and Patterns
Jul 26

Scripture Study Technique 11 – Lists and Patterns

Have you ever noticed how many lists there are in the scriptures? Sometimes a list is just a few items in a single verse. Other lists have many items scattered throughout the scriptures which require searching them out to create the list. I inherited a book from my father called Wilmington’s Book of Bible Lists. […]

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Deductive and Inductive Scripture Study Techniques
Jul 19

Scripture Study Technique 10: Deductive & Inductive Study

This is part 10 of our continuing series on scripture study techniques. Watch or read for information on the deductive and inductive methods of studying the scriptures. Some years ago, I attended a church meeting where a Sunday School teacher said, “now nobody quote me on this, but I think baptism is required for salvation.” […]

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Chains of Hell
Jun 28

What are the Chains of Hell Mentioned in Scripture?

Do the Chains of Hell Bind You? Over and over in the scriptures we see instances where a single verse sheds extra light on all the other verses that share a word or phrase. I like to call these scriptural Easter eggs because they are a delight to find and often hidden in plain sight. […]

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Jun 21

How to Store Images in Scripture Notes

You’ve probably seen hundreds or thousands of images related to the scriptures over your lifetime, and thought it would be cool to always have access to those when you are reading certain verses in the scriptures. Well, this past week I stumbled upon a cool resource full of charts and graphics related to the Book […]

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Expedient
Jun 14

What is Expedient for You to Do and Become?

Have you pondered what is expedient for you to be doing and becoming? I love how looking across the scriptures builds my testimony of Christ and the prophet Joseph Smith. As I realize the incredible variety of doctrinal uses of a word, it is a testament to me that Joseph didn’t just make up the […]

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Quotation marks
Jun 07

How to Store LDS Quotes

How do you store all the awesome LDS quotes * you find from conference talks or other books? Some people copy them into a Word doc or Evernote but there’s a much better way to do it and associate those statements with the scriptures using Scripture Notes. In a previous post I discussed how to […]

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How to study the Bible
May 31

How to Study the Scriptures More Effectively – Infographic

Study the Scriptures Effectively Want to learn how to study the scriptures more effectively and dig deeper than ever before? Here’s a systematic process designed to help you achieve this goal. No scripture study session is ever the same as another because the content of what you are examining and the way you might be […]

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