Saturday, May 30, 2015

A Bible Verse Memory System That Works!

Isn’t it true that memorizing Scriptures, either by yourself or as a family, really helps one’s spirituality? There’s something special about knowing where a Bible verse can be found, being able to say it to yourself when you’re feeling down, or sharing it with a householder.

The problem with memorizing Bible verses is that if you’re not consistent, you won’t remember the verse later. Or you may work on a verse hard for a week, but it just doesn’t stick.

So if you’re wondering how to memorize Bible verses, read on! In this week’s blog we’re going to show you how to learn one new verse, each and every week, for the rest of your life. And we guarantee it’s going to “stick.”

This excellent method has worked well for many brothers and sisters.

Here’s what you do:

Write the scriptures you want to memorize on blank cards. You’re going to learn one per week. The week you’re learning a particular verse, you go over it every day. The next week, you’re done with it and you’re on to another verse.

But how can you be sure that you remember last week’s Scripture?

This is where the method comes in. Put the first week’s card in a pile with an elastic on it with the number “1” on it. This is the pile you’ll work through every day.

On the first week you’ll review that verse every day. However, after that initial week, when you look at the verse, if you get it right, you move it up to pile 2.

The next day you do both piles: Pile 1 (with the current week’s verse) & Pile 2 (with older verses you are still reviewing). Any verses that you get correct get moved up a pile, so that you now should have Pile 1, Pile 2, and Pile 3.

If you get a verse wrong, though, it goes down a pile! So, if you’re doing your current week’s verse (Pile 1), and some verses from the last few weeks (Pile 2), and you get a verse wrong that’s in Pile 2, it now gets moved back down to pile 1 to work on every day for another week.

Every day you do Piles 1 & 2. Pile 3 you do every Friday. Pile 4 you do once a month. And Pile 5 you do every other month. Therefore, if you’re memorizing one Bible verse a week, for instance, you’ll likely review it every day for awhile, then every week, then once a month, and then every second month, and then it will be gone. (Gone from your piles, but in your head forever!)

It works well because you can add verses to Pile 1 at any time. So if the verse from last week is still moving through Piles 1-3, that’s okay. You can simply add more verses to Pile 1. You can have as many there as you need to.

The main thing is that you review each verse at least five times before you get rid of it.

Here, then, is what a sample schedule would look like:
Every day: Go over new verse AND

Every day: Review verses from Piles 1 & 2. Remember if you get a verse correct, move it up a pile! AND

Every Friday:
Review Pile 3. AND

Second Wednesday of the month:
Review Pile 4. AND

Every 31st of a month:
Review Pile 5.
(Why the 31st? It’s easy to remember, and it means you’ll hit pile 5 about every other month. You’ll hit it twice in a row July-August and December-January, but you probably need the practice anyway :) )
If you ever get a verse wrong, it goes back to Pile 1! This way you’re sure that once you’re finished with a Bible verse, you really know it.

If you want to memorize Bible verses as a family, the best time is right after dinner. Even if you can’t do it every night, try for as many nights as possible each week. And if you use this method, you can be sure that you won’t forget any! You’ll go through each verse at least 5 times, and you’ll space it out!

But what Bible verses should you memorize? Please stay tuned for an upcoming blog. Also, let us know which verses you’re memorizing in the comments below!


  1. Jehovah Holy Spirit helps me. I suffer with short term memory loss due to brain damage. When I read the Scriptures and apply what I learned that helps me, also. Without Jehovah's help no matter how I try to memorize the Scriptures It will not work. I am glad Jehovah helps me.
    However for those that it works for. It's a good idea.

    1. Same for me. I try to remember the ones being used for the month's ministry publication and a couple of tracts I use often.

      I can often remember the words of verses because of the principle conveyed, but rarely the book, chapter, and verses number. A quick prayer always helps! 🌝

  2. Wow! I will certainly try that!!

  3. Wellllll, look at how we memorized the X's tables and the alphabet - over and over. I tried to memorize Paul's speech to the Greeks, but that didn't last long. Tried memorizing Jacob's 12 sons and their mothers, the Judean kings, the judges, now whenever I come across any of those names, I feel that I know them.

  4. Jeremiah 29:11
    We are using envelopes instead

  5. Will give it a try!

  6. Exactly what is written on the card? Just the citation?

    1. I need all the help I can get as well but this memorization method sounds confusing.

  7. What an awesome idea! I'm gonna try it

  8. I will start today. I needed the nudge.

  9. I'm going to start today to! For some reason my memorization skills were getting a little better already but this method sounds absolutely amazing, especially if I stick with it! I just had my Portuguese convention today so this is so motivating!Thank you so much!!

  10. 35 years ago while I was in college I read an article that featured Lecithin as a memory aid... Well, I started taking triple strength formula & my memory DID get sharper. I still take the Lecithin supplement to this day. Friends are amazed by my memory skills. One brother said: "...we need to attach a USB cable to your brain & download it to a computer..." -Elder in Texas.

  11. A similar process was pointed out to us in a homeschool group. It was suggested to use an index card box and 5 different sections in the same manner as this points out. I dont know why we didnt stick with it. Will definitely be using this again though, and will keep the one that we are working on attached to the computer! Thank you so much for posting this so that we can start it again!!

  12. I just found this. Where is the blog for which verses should be memorized? Sis. Bixler

  13. I am interested in finding scriptures to memorize suggestions. Has anyone seen an update to this post?

  14. Thank you for this encouragement. I have found so many wonderful scriptures to begin with that this method should keep me busy, and spiritually fed, for a long time. :)

  15. Earlene
    Thank you! I am going to definitely try this.

  16. Awesome idea thanks for sharing...

  17. How about memorising bible books? I know a song that works beautifully

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