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|Title||Pondering the Word|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1999|
|Authors||Packard, Dennis J., and Sandra Packard|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Emphasis; Organization; Ponder; Repetition; Scripture; Scripture Study; Structure|
Despite the emphasis that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints places on scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon, some members find it difficult to truly love the scriptures. This article claims that by pondering the scriptures often, members can better understand and appreciate the prophetic words. In order to find a deeper love for the scriptures, readers should consider the following details while reading: the setting of a passage; the meaning of various words and phrases; the author’s attitude when he wrote the passage; the possible comparisons between passages; the possible implied messages of the authors; the possible reasons for the inclusion of a specific passage; the organization of the scriptures; the repetition of ideas, words, and sounds; and the emphasis of certain words. By pondering each of these aspects, readers can gain a greater love for and appreciation of the scriptures.
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