Have you seen those beautiful bible pages that have become works of art? It's a bible with huge margins and Christian artists have created these lovely works of devotion as part of their study. For example you can see Shannon Noel's work or Retrohipmama or Stephanie Ackerman.
I have loved seeing their beautiful expressions and even considered doing my own. However, I want to use the King James translation of the bible or even create one using The Book of Mormon. I also knew that I probably wouldn't create such lovely works of art, it's not really practical with my study time right now. I have found a bit of a flaw in my notes that I was hoping the bible art would fill. For example....
the right side of this page is a portion of some verses that I was writing and thinking about. Looking back, I don't actually remember what the verses say and although it's meaningful to me something is missing. I also don't want to always write out all the scriptures. The left side of the page is a talk that I inserted and I remember at a glance what I heard and read. I want to incorporate the two kinds of study in some way into my scriptures.
I considered copying each page of the Book of Mormon leaving a huge margin to illustrate and write into, but I didn't know how I would bind it and a few other issues. Actually if you want to know the truth, any great idea that I have comes after a lot of mental struggle and conversations with God. Going back and forth thinking about the possibilities and working through the problems in my mind and then suddenly the idea is there with perfect clarity. This process can take months, years, or sometimes days.
That happened the other day as I was cleaning up after the children had all gone to school. I came across a beat up copy of The Book of Mormon that Loaf had been using and suddenly I knew what might work. What if I took the pages of scripture and added them to my scripture journal. That way I could have the text on hand and I could illustrate and write all at the same time. I couldn't wait to start so I found another copy of The Book of Mormon (you will need two because of the front and back printing) and started to study.
I have only done this one page, but it's everything I need to know that this is something that will work for me.
A bit of a closeup. I left out the personal stuff I had written until after I took these photos because... well you understand. I found that one column was plenty of verses for these pages, in fact perhaps too many, but I think I will keep adding a column per page. I will probably go ahead and fill in a few pages with the various columns of scriptures now that I know I like this idea. You could tailor this however you want, add a full page, ignore my idea completely. That is the beauty of individual scripture study.
"Sometimes I put colored pieces of paper in my scriptures so I have quick access to topics or themes I am studying. I have paper tabs in my scriptures for many of my favorite verses about repentance and the Atonement so I can find them easily as I ponder during the sacrament each week. I usually make notes about what I am learning. Sometimes I keep those notes in my scriptures, and sometimes I write what I am learning in a separate notebook…
"I like to think of my scriptures as a workbook, so sometimes I record where I was when I gained an insight or the name of the person who taught me. That way the experience is refreshed in my memory when I read that passage again." (Julie B. Beck, " My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures", General Conference, April 2004)
I love that... the scriptures are my workbook.
My workbook will look different than you, but they bring all of us truth, light and peace. I love the idea of having a love affair with the scriptures (as President Hinckley said in the December 1985 Ensign) or that the study of (or memorization of) scriptures are like forging a new friendship (Elder Richard G. Scott, The Power of Scripture", General Conference, October 2011).
I love these treasured friends.
A few people have asked more questions about what the color code (you can find it here) looks like in the scriptures. Adding a few photos here:
They are a mess, but they are my happy mess.