This post is part of my Studying Digital Scriptures series.
As you study a topic, highlight the passages that mean the most to you. Then tag them with your topic, and LDS.org will aggregate them in your Notes and Journal, and then you will be able to read them all in the same place. This is much better than going through paper scriptures and writing a certain symbol next to certain verses and then trying to go back and find them later.
You could create a tag on the subject of an upcoming lesson or talk, an principle about which you have a question, or a personal weakness.
On the iPad: Long-press a word. Tap the Tag button. Type to create a new tag, to search for an existing one, or select a recently used tag from the list.
On an Android phone: Long-press a word. You’ll get cute little text selectors to put around the section you want to save. Tap the tag button at the bottom of the screen. Type to create a new tag, to search for an existing one, or select a recently used tag from the list.
On a desktop computer: Highlight a section, choose your color, then click Add Note/Tag from the window that pops up. The window expands and you can add your tag. Then click save.
This is a powerful tool for personal change. Tag the passages that get right to the heart of your issue, and then throughout your day, quickly give yourself a powerful sermon from all the best scriptures and conference talks on the subject. It is also better than surfing Facebook in those small moments when you’re waiting for a toddler to pee, or when nobody’s bothering you for a second.
This is my sermon on speaking kindly.
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”
“What we feel in our hearts is what we think about, and what we think about is what we speak about. Thus, it is true that the words we use reflect the feelings of our heart and who we really are…”
“Words are sacred, and must be spoken with care, and by constraint of the Spirit.”
“But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, and therewith curse we men.”
“The voice that bears profound testimony, utters fervent prayer, and sings the hymns of Zion can be the same voice that berates and criticizes, embarrasses and demeans, inflicts pain and destroys the spirit of oneself and of others in the process.”
“A woman’s words can be more piercing than any dagger ever forged.”
“We must be so careful in speaking to a child. What we say or don’t say, how we say it and when is so very, very important in shaping a child’s view of himself or herself. But it is even more important in shaping that child’s faith in us and their faith in God. Be constructive in your comments to a child–always.”
“They come to this earth ready to listen.”
“It was a voice of perfect mildness that encouraged Connor to respond… We can learn from that voice… It was not loud, scolding, or demeaning; it was a still voice of perfect mildness, giving firm direction while giving hope.”
“Know that when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ speak to you–and they will–it will not be in the wind, nor in the earthquake, nor in the fire, but it will be with a voice still and small, a voice tender and kind.”
“When we say edifying encouraging things unto the least of these, our brethren and sisters and little ones, we say it unto God.