Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Memorize For Life

We just memorized Mosiah 4:9. If we want to have it memorized for life, we can follow a simple pattern.

Repeat the passage by memory every day for one week

Repeat the passage by memory every week for one month

Repeat the passage by memory every month for one year

Then you will have the passage memorized for life

Memorization is very beneficial for the young and old. It strengthens and expands our mind when we're young and keeps our mind alert and active during those golden years.

We have many moments every day that can be spent memorizing: driving in the car, walking to a class, waiting for an appointment, exercising, working in the yard, etc. Spend 15 minutes each day memorizing a Book of Mormon scripture and notice the difference it makes in your life. It not only strengthens your mind, but you will notice your life through lighter and brighter eyes.

Memorization becomes easier and easier the more you do it. Keep a scripture card in your pocket and pull it out during those random moments each day.

Here's a chart we give our children when they pass off Mosiah 4:9. It helps them follow the Memorization For Life pattern. Have the person passing them off initial and date each box as it is completed. There are seven boxes for the week, four boxes for the month, and 12 boxes for the year. 

Here is a simple version you can use to keep track of three scriptures at a time. Have them write the scripture reference in the black box at the top of the page. Keep the chart in the Book of Mormon Scrapbook. 


  1. During daily memorization practice, you get the most benefit from spacing it out right to the point where your brain is about to forget it. So you basically force your mind to push something from working memory (the layer that evaporates almost immediately, like when you're reading a credit card number or serial number to someone) to short term (the layer that lasts for a few days or weeks, but won't last if you stop practicing it, like when you cram for a test and immediately forget the subject matter once it's no longer needed), then with a pattern like this article suggests, from short term to long term memory (very little ongoing maintenance is required; it's now part of who and what you are).

    1. Taylor, thank you for sharing this! Great explanation :-)