If you’re like me you’ve been curious how other members of the Church study the scriptures in their own personal life. I have been interviewing well-known LDS people about their perspective on Scripture study in hopes to help each of us be inspired and improve our own Scripture study.
Lindsey Stirling is a world-renowned violinist, dancer, and performer. She is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lindsey is amazing to watch perform as she often performs by combining dancing and playing the violin at the same time. On “America’s Got Talent” she was often called a “Hip Hop Violinist” and made it all the way to the quarter finals. My wife and daughter recently went to one of her live performances for her “Brave Enough” tour and they both came home in awe and inspired at Lindsey’s talents.
Recently I asked Lindsey some questions regarding her own personal Scripture Study to get her perspective and experiences. I know you will be inspired just as I was by her responses:
What is your favorite scripture?
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
How did that become your favorite?
That scripture has provided comfort to me when life felt unbearable; when I couldn’t understand the “why’s” of it all or I couldn’t see the way out. It reminded me that God could see the way, even if I couldn’t. And it gave me the strength to go on.
What is your favorite way to study the scriptures?
Honestly depends on the day and my mood. Sometimes I’ll read something out of the Bible Dictionary; sometimes I listen to a General Conference talk; sometimes I start at 1st Nephi (again lol) and sometimes grab my scriptures and read the first page that falls open. I probably enjoy reading scriptures by topic the most, because it allows me focus on a subject that I feel like I need to improve on or learn more about.
What helps you to study the scriptures every day?
My mother’s sweet voice in my head haha; she’s always asking me if I’m reading my scriptures (I love you Mom!), and the admonitions in my patriarchal blessing. It’s one way to keep the spirit with me throughout the day, and I recognize how important that is for me. It’s so easy to get distracted from the things that are the most important, especially as a touring musician. I want to stay true to the Lord; true to who I am. So I do my best to put the Lord first in my life in hopes that I can stay “grounded,” maintain my sensitivity to the spirit, and be an instrument in the Lord’s hands for good throughout my life.
When do you do your scripture study?
I try to make time for scripture reading first time in the morning. When we come across something that “stands out” to us during our personal scripture study, my mom and sisters and I like to share those scriptures with each other via text. So I often get “scripture thoughts” during the day too…or whenever any of my family members happen to be studying.
What is one of your most favorite stories from the Scriptures?
I have always loved Daniel in the lions’ den, and all the stories in 1 Nephi.
What are some interesting or unique ways you mark the scriptures?
If I have a burst of inspiration or a thought, while I’m reading, I write it in the margins with a pen so that it doesn’t fade. Capturing those moments and reading them reminds me of how I felt at the time that I wrote them. It’s so easy to forget the impact of the spirit in those moments, if we don’t continually go back to those same verses again and again. There’s a reason we are encouraged to read every day. It’s not always easy, but I think consistent scripture reading is one of the most important things we can do to keep the spirit with us day after day and throughout our life. There is protection; literal power in the scriptures. And as difficult as life can be…I need that!
What is one of your first memories with the Scriptures?
My dad was a seminary teacher and VERY passionate about the gospel; especially the Book of Mormon. He used to read illustrated versions of the scriptures to us when my sisters and I were kids, and his enthusiasm really made the stories come alive for me.
Can you share an experience when a scripture you shared helped someone close to you?
When my sister, Jennifer, was going through a divorce, I sent her some scriptures and just wanted to let her know that I was proud of her strength, and was confident that, with her faith, God would pull her through. I know that it meant a lot to her. Sometimes a little comfort is all we need, and there is comfort in the love that the Lord has for us, which can be felt and understood more fully through reading the scriptures.
I want to thank Lindsey for this interview and sharing with all of us a bit more of a personal and spiritual look into her own life.
Be sure to check out our first interview with Al Fox Carraway, the Tattooed Mormon, on her Scripture study habits and experiences. If you have someone else you would like me to interview and you have a way to connect with them, add a comment and I’ll be in touch!