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Sequential Reading Tools

We define sequential reading as opening your scriptures and proceeding to read through the end of the book. We think the best tool for this is to go pick up your book, find a quiet spot, and get reading. Below are some ideas on different approaches to reading sequentially.

*Start on page one and read cover to cover.
*Let the book open to a random page and then read to the end of the book.
*Download the scriptures and listen to them as you drive or do repetitive chores.

*Read a set amount of time each day (show me the math).
*Read a set number of verses or chapters per day (show me the math).
*Read a book of the canon like a novel: cover to cover in less than a month (persuade me).
*Each day read until you find a verse you want to memorize that day.
*Study sequentially: look up every footnote, follow every cross-reference, and find every location on a map

The LDS Church has some great resources for sequential reading. If you prefer to read on-line, you can find all four standard works at scriptures.lds.org. The LDS Church has high quality mp3 files for listening to the scriptures. You can listen on-line or download the files to take with you. You can find them at LDS- Gospel Library- Audio



Most people can read a page in the LDS Scriptures in about 2-3 minutes. The following table is based on this estimate. If you know you read faster or slower than this you can adjust your estimates accordingly.

TIME REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE LISTED BOOKS OF SCRIPTURE

DAILY READING BOOK OF MORMON BIBLE ALL 4 STANDARD WORKS
 5 min/day  9 months  2 years 3.5 years
10 min/day 4.5 months  1 year 1.5 years
15 min/day  3 months  9 months  1 year
30 min/day  6 weeks 4.5 months  7 months
60 min/day 20 days 2.5 months 3.5 months

Chapter lengths vary greatly. Psalm 117 has only 2 verses. Psalm 119 has 176 verses. D&C 13 has just 1 verse. D&C 124 has 145 verses. If you choose this reading method you may need to make some concessions from time to time.

TIME REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE LISTED BOOKS OF SCRIPTURE

DAILY READING BOOK OF MORMON BIBLE ALL 4 STANDARD WORKS
1 verse/day >18 years >85 years more years than most people live
5 verses/day >3.5 years >17 years way too long
1 chapter/day 8 months > 3 years > 4 years
2 chapters/day 4 months >1.5 years > 2 years
5 chapters/day <7 weeks <8 months <11 months