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“I might do it all wrong.” That was my typical reason for not acting on an old desire of mine to color code my scriptures. When I’ve asked others’ how they chose to color their passages the response has been vague and totally not enlightening.

A few weeks ago, I discovered a simple booklet by Sandra B. Black called “Color Coding your Scriptures”. I’m quite tickled to implement her ideas. She’s created such an easy method, that in retrospect I wonder why this idea overwhelmed me.

Sandra does say that you can color your scriptures according to your understanding at this moment. And after studying and learning more, you may see things differently and decide to change the colors here and there. Just erase it, says she! You can always change the color.

Coloring only the verse number, not the entire verse takes very little time.

“I think that people who study the scriptures get a dimension to their life that nobody else gets and that can’t be gained in any way except by studying the scriptures. There’s an increase in faith and a desire to do what’s right and a feeling of inspiration and understanding that comes to  people who study the gospel-and who ponder the principles that can’t come in any other way” Bruce R. McConkie

My first colored chapter looked quite anemic. I love vibrant colors and so braving it, I replaced my special scripture crayons with a fineliner set of markers. LOVE IT! But I will not be able to erase if need be. I’ll see how that develops.

I can hardly wait to see how much the orange markings will pop out. That is my most exciting aspect of this new study approach. My belief is that the pages contain many more references to spiritual gifts than we may realize, in the beginning of our scripture study.

Regarding using orange color Sandra explains, “Spiritual gifts are an important subject to highlight. These are certainly bright episodes in people’s lives, so they are colored orange. Spiritual gifts include dreams, visions, prophecy, the gifts of tongues, healing the sick, or raising the dead—anything that is done with, or by, the Spirit. Matthew 4:11 and 4:23 provide excellent examples:

11   Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.

23   And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”

Would You Like To Color Your Scriptures?

Try Sandra Black’s Color Key.

RED:  The words of any member of the Godhead-makes the words stand out so they can be found very easily.

Note: If the verse seems to require more than one color, use the predominate ‘red’ because the words of the Godhead are more important than anything else we can learn. An example would be-in Genesis 12:7 God appears, He speaks, and Abram builds an altar.

BLUE:  The story line, chronology, action, movement; in other words, “What is happening?” Is someone speaking, asking a question, waiting for someone, fighting a war, singing or eating?

PURPLE:  The genealogy, the “begats,” births, marriages, deaths, burials-anything that would appear on a family group sheet or pedigree chart.

ORANGE:  Any spiritual gift (dreams, visions, prophecy, tongues, healing, the power to accomplish tasks, miracles, heavenly help etc.)

Note: A less obvious place for orange is when we read that the Lord spoke, although His words aren’t given until the next verse. Having the Lord speak to you is certainly a spiritual gift. For example, in Joshua 4:15-16 use orange to mark verse 15 to indicate the spiritual gift of communication with God. In verse 16, use red to show that the Lord is speaking.

GREEN:  Teachings of the prophets, any speech or explanation that you want to remember

YELLOW:  Parables, allegories, similes, comparisons

BROWN:  Travel or geographical information-keep track of where the people are and what the country around them looks like

PINK:  Words of praise to God

BLACK:  The words and deeds of Satan

How does coloring your scriptures help you? What is your favorite method?

It’s not enough that I’m new to blogging and still have tons to learn to get good at wordpress-well at least good enough to wing it on my own to avoid calling on my virtual support gurus every week- now I’m exploring Twitterland! Here I am!! Now what?!!

Oh dear! Can you imagine how tough it is to express anything-something within 140 characters for me?!! More than once a day?! What am I thinking! Another learning curve. Oh, yay.

It’s helping me make new ‘friends’. I’m reading a larger variety of topics per day than I ever have in my life. Words catch my eye and before I know it, 2 hours have vanished. No, I’m not addicted…just desperate to catch up with this social media and figure out the successful tips, tricks and Tweets of Twitter. And by the way, if you have tips and tricks, please do pass them on!

Twitter tweeted “The importance of building your list”.  I know it’s important to build a list. I’m curious to know how. I got introduced to the concept of a “marketing funnel”.

I read “you must learn how to market yourself if you’re ever going to sell an information product, or any product or service for that matter.”  Well, I’m not in the selling business but growing my “list” is key to inviting more readers to my blog. Right?  So I continued.

Here’s what a marketing funnel looks like:

The author continues, “The idea is that you generate the interest of your potential clients and customers, or your readers through offers.  You begin with a free offer or a freebie, which is something of value that you give away for free.”

 

Well, folks! I have soooo let you down!! That is not how I began my relationship with you! (Actually, it sounds like manipulation to me.)

I reflected and quickly it became apparent that I have no freebies to offer you. None! No checklist, no ebooks, no special report, no e-course or free audio. Not yet. Wow. I may as well quit, then. Right?

Without fail we all enjoy free gifts. There’s something at our core that derives pleasure and satisfaction when we walk away without paying for something we deem valuable.

All of a sudden, the biggest and best freebie to offer you materialized! Look!!! If I knew how to edit the funnel above, I’d change the words from the top down:

  • Freebie = Atonement
  • Entry level Product = Baptism and Confirmation (gift of the Holy Ghost)  A little is asked of us. See, at this level, Heavenly Father is still gifting.
  • Mid-range Product = Revelation (a relationship with the Godhead)  At this level there is a price to pay: obedience to commandments, reading our scriptures, prayer, keeping our covenants- we are still receiving gifts from Heavenly Father.
  • High End Product = Exaltation (The ultimate reward)

The first model gives freebies and then has expectations of the customer. “The more information that they receive from you and the better they get to know you the more likely they are to purchase from you in the future…Without the power of a list, you don’t have much chance to get your product out there…”

Examine briefly our model: We are all familiar with John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (KJV) How many of Heavenly Father’s children are rejecting this most precious of gifts, freely given? Why?

And then-Jesus Christ promised the gift of the Holy Ghost. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things…” John 14:16 (KJV) Another gift has been offered! How many of Heavenly Father’s children are rejecting this marvelous gift? Why?

By the Holy Ghost we are given countless gifts, if we continue to live righteously and receive them. “God also bearing them witness both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will” Hebrews 2:4  (KJV)

Back to the author of the online article-she adds, “The reality is the power and often times the “money” is in the list.

Well, some of this may be true, however I was involved in business long enough to know that most people on ‘the list’ don’t give it their all. Some people get in with freebies and that’s all they’ll take. Some give/buy into the products –again, they only go part way. And then there are those who give it all they’ve got, striving for money, success and power.

Isn’t this just the way it is in the Christian world? Some believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and accept His atoning sacrifice, but deny the gift and power of Holy Ghost. Others believe in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost, but have little interest in paying the cost of discipleship. And then there are those who accept it all and give it all they’ve got- with exaltation as the ultimate goal. Yes, there is a cost: believe, repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and endure faithfully to the end.

Heavenly Father has a plan for our happiness and salvation. We are loved, treasured and cared for very much. Matchless and priceless are the treasures already given and offered to us.  It certainly does not begin to compare with any freebie this world may offer. He has promised each of us eternal life and exaltation and asks comparatively little in return. His returns far outweigh anything that it might cost us. Anything.