When memorizing a verse
that contains a "list of items", you may want to employ
a linking memory technique to assist you in remembering. To link
items together, you first associate each item with an image that
is easy for you to remember (the crazier the better) and then
associate each of the items in sequence. Usually the first thing
that comes to mind is the best. For example, when memorizing
the phrase in the 13th Article of Faith "We believe in being
honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good
to all men...", you might picture Abraham Lincoln ("honest"
Abe) painted blue ("true" blue) and then chased ("chaste")
by men wearing Elk horns (B.P.O.E: "Benevolent" and
Protective Order of Elks). The "Elks" stopped to give
a Fur coat To Us (FurToUs = Virtuous), but we gave it to a cold
homeless man ("doing good to all men"). The images
in this phrase might not work for everyone, but the technique
is very effective and easy to use.
A peg system can be used
to help remember and associate numbers with other items. This
is particularly helpful when trying to remember the reference
of a scripture. It is a very powerful technique, but it is not
as easy to use as the link technique because it requires some
learning in order to use. In a peg system, images are associated
with numbers and then the images are in turn linked together
using some form of the link technique described above. Creating
a memorable association between each number and an image is the
part that needs to be learned. Once this is done though, remembering
numbers can become remarkably easy.
The Scriptorian Newsletter contains additional memory tips in each
issue. Click here to check it out.
about how to utilize the memory techniques mentioned above can
be found at the following following sites*:
Memory Techniques and Mnemonics
Jay North's Memory Page
101 Memorizer tool (for memorizing numbers)
*Note: SoftLore is not affiliated with the sites listed
here. Providing this information is being done as a service and
is not an endorsement.