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Marking Scriptures for “Come, Follow Me”

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Hey y’all, Tiffany here.

I got a new set of scriptures for the new year to start off the Come, Follow Me curriculum that we’re studying this year.  I’m extremely excited, because I’ve been using the same scriptures I got before my mission – and took on my mission.

Since I came home from my mission 10 years ago this year, they’re pretty well-loved at this point.

Phillip also gave me scripture-safe highlighters for Christmas with 8 different colors.  I wanted to be deliberate about how I did my marking, but I also wanted to make it meaningful.

In the past, I’ve always used a Pentel 8 Color Automatic Pencil and most of the time followed this marking guide.  I also colored based on whether items were about my mission, about the temple, and other broad categories.

However, this time I wanted my scripture marking to really help me develop and grow as a person.  After spending several days thinking about it (and getting input from our Facebook group), here’s what I’ve come up with:

  • red – love of God
  • pink – motherhood and family
  • green – temple and covenants
  • light purple – blessings
  • dark purple (or gray/black) – warnings, curses
  • blue – doctrine
  • orange – principles
  • yellow – applications

Red – love of God

An image of the ocean coupled with a quote by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: “Above all, never lose faith in your Father in Heaven.”

An image of a waterfall coupled with a quote by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: “Pure Christlike love … can change the world.”

An image of Christ sitting with a young child, combined with a quote by President Thomas S. Monson: “Love is the very essence of the gospel.”

A photograph of a woman and her child, paired with a quote by Elder David A. Bednar: “Our love for spouse, parents, and children is reflected … in … our deeds.”

Pink – motherhood and family

A pink and white graphic combined with a quote by Sister Margaret D. Nadauld: “When you observe … mothers in action, you see women of great strength.”

A pink watercolor wash combined with a quote by Thomas S. Monson, "One cannot forget mother and remember God."

Green – temple and covenants

An image of a group of young men walking up to the temple, combined with a quote by President Thomas S. Monson: “We are … a temple-attending people.”

Light purple – blessings

A photograph of a young woman praying, coupled with a quote by President Thomas S. Monson: “A grateful heart … comes through expressing gratitude.”

A photograph of a family prayer, paired with a quote by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “There is something in each day to embrace and cherish.”

An image of a family praying at mealtime, combined with a quote by President Thomas S. Monson: “Sincerely giving thanks … unlocks the doors of heaven.”

Dark purple – warnings

A photograph of the Salt Lake Temple coupled with a quote by Elder Richard G. Scott: “Decide to do something that will have eternal consequences.”

An image of a football lying on grass and a quote by Elder Richard G. Scott: “Stay on the Lord’s side, and you will win every time.”

A photograph of a compass combined with a quote by President Boyd K. Packer: “We must choose who to follow.”

Blue – doctrine

Child of God

Orange – principles

An image of a woman and girl hugging, coupled with a quote by President Thomas S. Monson: “We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth.”

Yellow – applications

A green background with a calendar graphic and a quote by President Thomas S. Monson: “What have I done for someone today?”

The first 5 colors are fairly self-explanatory, but it took me a long time to figure out the differences between doctrine, principles, and applications.  I still don’t think I have it down all the way, actually, but I plan on reading Increase in Learning by David A. Bednar to understand further.

Here is a chart I made for myself to help explain the differences:

Finding examples and seeing how they tied together helped me understand the difference between these three aspects of the gospel.

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