Altar of Burnt Offerings
Altar-of-Burnt-Offerings
Laver
Laver
Golden Candlestick
Golden Candlestick
Table of Shewbread
Table of Shewbread
Altar of Incense
Altar of Insense
Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the Covenant

A couple of months ago I came across a program called Trello.  In terms of personal organization, reminders, goal-setting, and motivation, I have not found anything that comes as close in effectiveness.  Believe me, I have looked and tried many other programs (ToDo Pro, Workflowy, and Evernote to name a few).  One of the ways that I have begun to use Trello is in relation to my personal scripture study.

My personal scripture study is accomplished on many different levels.  Usually, I find myself choosing one of the standard works to read through while simultaneously reading about topics of interest or pressing need.  In February 2015, I set a goal to read one page of the Doctrine and Covenants a day along with the corresponding verse commentary in the seminary and institute manuals.  This allows me to slow down and ponder.  It provides for me a balance between quantity and quality.

So how do I use Trello for this?  First I created a new Trello board called ‘Doctrine and Covenants’.

New Trello BoardNext I create a list for my personal notes, then several lists for the upcoming week.

Trello New ListOn each list for the upcoming week, I will create a card for my reading assignment that day.  For example, on March 17 I plan to read page 35 of the Doctrine and Covenants (which is Section 20:10-24).  I also created a card for the D&C Student and Seminary Manuals.  When I read any given day’s assignment, I will move the card to the notes list, and the institute and seminary manual cards to the next day.

Trello Daily AssignmentOn the left side in my ‘Notes’ list, I have a running record of what I have read.  This accomplishes two things for me.  One, I see the progress I have made which inspires me to keep going so as to not break my chain.  Two, this allows me to write down personal notes and thoughts as I read.  In my view, if my daily scripture study is not prompting me to make changes in my life for the better, then I am just wasting my time.

Here is an example of this process based on my readings on day three.

Trello ChecklistI wrote down what had an impact in my mind on that day in the description, and then created a checklist of something that I was prompted to do.  In my calling at church, I knew that I was going to be meeting with someone to discuss the principle of repentance.  So I made a checklist item for myself to improve or make changes to the listing I had previously made.

At the end of the week I will go through my notes, and transfer my thoughts and to-do items to my personal task board and my personal journal.  This system has enriched my personal scripture study, has prompted me to make changes in my life and to follow through on the promptings I receive from the Holy Ghost.