My Scripture Study 2017-2020

My scripture study has been pretty haphazard in the past. In 2017 I set a goal to read the Book of Mormon in one year, but it actually took me 18 months. It felt good to read the Book of Mormon all the way through, but it was difficult for me to stay motivated to read my scriptures on a daily basis.

I started President Nelson’s Book of Mormon reading challenge after the October 2018 General Conference, but never finished.

So I recommitted to reading the Book of Mormon every day and started over again in 2019 with the goal of reading the Book of Mormon all the way through in one year and I did it!

I was so motivated by that success that I decided to read the Book of Mormon all the way through TWICE in 2020! I’m on track for finishing on June 30 for the first read-thru! I’ve missed maybe four or five days so far and I gotta tell you, it feels great to be studying my scriptures so regularly!

For 2021, I’m thinking about repeating my schedule from 2020 or maybe even trying the 30 day Book of Mormon reading challenge, which I’ve never done. I’ll keep you posted.


I’ve heard that reading the Book of Mormon from start to finish on a faster schedule brings different insights than the insights gained through a slower study and I’ve found that to be true.

One insight I’ve gained in my scripture study this year is that, in addition to the Pride Cycle of the Nephites, there is an accompanying Hate Cycle on the part of the Lamanites that overlaps some of the stages of the Nephites’ Pride Cycle. Other than realizing that this cycle is also happening, I haven’t learned much else about it, though I’m sure I’ll gain additional insights when I read the Book of Mormon again this year starting on July 1.