Liken / Name Substitution

As Nephi taught, we should “liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning” (1 Nephi 19:23).

Where could you or a student place your name or situation into the scriptures and make an appropriate application? Could you substitute your name for someone else’s or personalize the situation to make the scripture speak directly to you?

Look For: Look for ways to put your name or situation into the scriptures.

Example: Alma 48 What if all the things said about Captain Moroni were said about you? How would you act differently? What would it mean to you if “all men had been, and were, and ever would be like unto {YOU}, behold the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men” (v. 16)?

(Adapted from Panning for Gold: Various Methods to Understand and Apply the Scriptures to Ourselves by Eric Bacon, Northwest Area Seminaries)

Great for: Helping students find meaning in the scriptures, Eliciting thoughtful responses, Lesson preparation

Class size: Any class size

Helps Students: SEE a gospel principle in action

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Student Age: Any age

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