Great power can come from memorizing scriptures. To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship. It is like discovering a new individual who can help in time of need, give inspiration and comfort, and be a source of motivation for needed change. … A memorized scripture becomes an enduring friend that is not weakened with the passage of time.
—Elder Richard G. Scott (“The Power of Scripture,” Fall 2011 General Conference)
When I heard this during the first talk last fall I was very impressed and wanted to have a deeper understanding of the scriptures in my life. I wanted to have the close friendship with the words of the prophets.” I contacted a brother in my ward that I knew memorized scriptures and he introduced me to Vaughn J. Fetherstone’s scripture memorization program, which basically has you learn 1 scripture a day, review it every day for a week, then once a week for a month, and then once a month for a year. I made some feeble attempts to start this, but being a techie, it was hard to even fathom carrying around cards.
Then one day I stumbled across the Scripture Power Memorization app. It is a digital version of Brother Fetherstone’s program. Here are some features that I enjoy:
- I can add any scripture from the standard works from the app itself.
- When learning I have the full verse, first letters, and a slider that let’s me remove words.
- It reminds me each day what scriptures you need to to review.
- There is a cool stats area that encourages you not to miss days.
- I have my cards with me so when I have a spare moment I can just pull out my phone and instead of mindlessly trolling facebook I can actually do something that uplifts me.
I have to say that I have not been as diligent as I would like, but the times I have been I have REALLY learned the scriptures. By the end of the week I know the scriptures and can recite them. My wife and I do it together and it is great! We’ve even started quoting scripture to our kids, much to their chagrin. 🙂
The app costs 99 cents in the app store. Unfortunately there is not an Android version yet.
Disclosure: I was asked to write this review, and offered a free code. But I had previously bought it!