The Power of “Ponderizing”

Even in the midst of our busy lives, we can be spiritually enlightened by “ponderizing” the scriptures daily.

Photo of scriptures and clasped hands by Patrick Fore

Photo by Patrick Fore

When our lives get hectic, it’s tempting to put scripture study on the back burner. We might skim over a few verses before bed or just skip our scripture study altogether. Either way, we miss out on important spiritual insights that can uplift us daily. But how can we receive the spiritual strength we need when we are so busy?

In his October 2015 general conference address, “My Heart Pondereth Them Continually,” Brother Devin G. Durrant provides a simple yet powerful solution: ponderizing. He defines ponderizing as “a combination of 80 percent extended pondering and 20 percent memorization.” He challenges us to ponderize one scripture every week by following two steps:

  1. Select a verse and place it where you will see it each day, such as on the fridge, in your car, or on the lock screen of your cell phone.
  2. Reflect on the verse several times a day, pondering its meaning and key phrases.

The goal is not to memorize the scripture perfectly but to write the words on our hearts and minds (see 2 Corinthians 3:3). As we do this, we create a mental sanctuary where our thoughts can go when we are faced with temptation—a place where the Spirit dwells. “When our minds are filled with uplifting thoughts and images . . .  there is no room left for filth and trash,” Brother Durrant explains.

Ponderizing allows us to seamlessly incorporate spiritual meditation into our everyday lives. We can ponderize as we drive to work, shop for groceries, or do the dishes. Even the most mundane tasks can become sources of inspiration as we “continually strive to fill [our] mind[s] with God’s words.”

So what’s your verse? Read or watch “My Heart Pondereth Them Continually” to learn more about Brother Durrant’s challenge to ponderize.

Source: LDS general conference

—Maryssa Dennis, Mormon Insights

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Find more insights

Read the Psalm of Nephi to see the joy that he found in pondering the scriptures (2 Nephi 4:14–35).

Watch or read Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk “The Power of Scripture” for more information on the benefits of memorizing and pondering scriptures.

To learn more about the importance of daily scripture study, watch or read “My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures” by Julie B. Beck.

Watch or read a talk by Cheryl C. Lant, also entitled “My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures,” to better understand how we can increase our love for the scriptures.

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  1. I really love this talk. I was reluctant to do “ponderizing” when the whole t-shirt scandal happened, but I realized that the author is imperfect. However, the revelation he received to give this talk should not hinder me from studying and pondering the scriptures. No matter what mistakes other people do, it should not be an excuse for me to not study the scriptures, since those thoughts are not from God.

  2. Brother Durrant gives a very useful tip for studying the scriptures! I am very busy and as such, I usually don’t spend as much time pondering the scriptures as I should. This is a great way for anyone to actually get meaning from scripture study instead of simply going through the motions.

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