Why is Scripture Memorization Important?

To help bless our lives:
"I have discovered that many times you don't fully understand a scripture until you memorize it. And sometimes I have memorized a passage because it seemed important and valuable to me- then afterwards I discovered deeper meanings that I hadn't even known were there.
When you find a passage that particularly impresses you, consider taking the time to commit it to memory, word perfect. Then not only will you be able to remember it, but you will probably grow in your understanding as well
But that's not all. By memorizing scripture you show the Lord that you esteem his words to be of great value- and then he will be more likely to speak to you and give you more."
Elder Gene R. Cook, "Searching the Scriptures", pg. 114

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"Jesus then went into the wilderness; Lucifer came tempting Him. Jesus deflected each temptation with scripture.
'It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone.'
'It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.'
'It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.'
Think on it carefully. When facing Perdition himself, the Lord drew upon scriptures for protection."
President Boyd K. Packer, April 2000 General Conference

"I suggest that you memorize scriptures that touch your heart and fill your soul with understanding. When scriptures are used as the Lord has caused them to be recorded, they have intrinsic power that is not communicated when paraphrased. Sometimes when there is a significant need in my life, I review mentally scriptures that have given me strength. There is great solace, direction, and power that flow from the scriptures, especially the words of the Lord."
Elder Richard G. Scott, October 1999 General Conference

"Let me just say in general, I don't know how much memorizing you do. Some of you are returned missionaries and you know the value of memorization, of studying and of having things in your mind so that the Spirit can bring to your thoughts those things that you need to be moved to remember. My experience is that if I don't pack a lot of things into my mind and into my heart there is a vacuum there, and it's pretty hard for the Spirit to move a vacuum. If you give the Spirit a few building blocks to push around at the right time, some very significant things can happen in your lives."
John Welch, Teachings of the Book of Mormon, Lecture 97

"...I have made a great discovery that everybody ought to make for himself, and that is that from the holy scriptures and the great literature and the uplifting philosophies and from our own personal meditations and experience we can extract those little segments of success; and if they are properly packaged by writing them down and memorizing them, we can use them at our will to infuse righteousness and success into our own lives. I think it must have been this that the great apostle Paul had in mind when he said, "Be ye [therefore] transformed by the renewing of your mind." (Rom. 12:2.)"
Elder Sterling W. Sill, October 1974 General Conference


To help bless our children's lives:
"We want our homes to be blessed with sister scriptorians - whether you are single or married, young or old, widowed or living in a family."
"Regardless of your particular circumstances, as you become more and more familiar with the truths of the scriptures, you will be more and more effective in keeping the second great commandment, to love your neighbor as yourself. Become scholars of the scriptures - not to put others down, but to lift them up! After all, who has any greater need to 'treasure up' the truths of the gospel (on which they may call in their moments of need) than do women and mothers who do so much nurturing and teaching?"
President Spencer W. Kimball, "The Role of Righteous Women",
Women's Fireside (9/15/79) Ensign (Nov. 1979), 102

"May I suggest that in our family night gatherings we make it a project to memorize one scripture citation a week pertinent to this work. At the conclusion of a year our children will have on their lips a fund of scripture which will remain with them throughout their lives."
Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, April 1959 General Conference

"..it is desirable that our children should learn to memorize important passages; such that will leave a strong impression upon their lives; scriptural passages that they will use as their guiding star; scriptural passages that will help to form convictions in their minds of right and wrong; scriptural passages that will bring conviction to their hearts."
Elder Joseph M. Tanner, April 1901 General Conference


To help bless other's lives:
"I have a vision of thousands of missionaries going into the mission field with hundreds of passages memorized from the Book of Mormon so that they might feed the needs of a spiritually famished world."
President Ezra Taft Benson, October 1988 General Conference

"Second, prepare yourselves mentally. A mission requires a great deal of mental preparation. You must memorize missionary discussions, memorize scriptures, and ofttimes learn a new language. The discipline to do this is learned in your early years."
President Ezra Taft Benson, April 1985 General Conference

"What a great blessing it would be if every member of the Church memorized the Articles of Faith and became knowledgeable about the principles contained in each. We would be better prepared to share the gospel with others."
Elder L. Tom Perry, April 1998 General Conference

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