Memorizing Stuff and Memory Palaces

During Advent, Pastor Hull invited us to learn John 1:1-18. (You know, for times like being stuck in traffic. You don’t want to use the cell phone, but you don’t want to count taillights… (I would rather avoid them altogether, but that’s a totally different story.)

At any rate, I wanted to try again to do this. (I wasn’t entirely successful when it was 12, but it seems worthwhile to me.) Back then, I was using KJV. It was familiar, all of our Bible studies mostly used that version.

As a side-benefit, when I got to Shakespeare in high school, I did not have many problems. There were a few words like “bodkin” that I was unfamiliar with. Still, I really enjoyed reading the old dead guy. (Still do…)

I am still having trouble learning it, even though I am listening to it (repeating along) a few times a day and if I wake-up during the night. At first I thought it was because I was trying to overlay the KJV with the ESV version. When it felt like I was trying to learn and un-learn at the same time, I moved from ESV back to KJV… And I’m still struggling.

I was thinking of trying a memory palace. (It’s a memory tool that has been used at least since ancient Greek times. You “build” a “place” and use it to help trigger clusters of things.
I don’t do my palace in my mind at first. I do it with my gaming mapping software to get really clear images to “see.” I then “populate it” with memory triggers. For example, for “the Word,” I would use the Greek symbol for logos, which I learned when I read from The Messengers Series (Set of 3) by Lisa M. Clark, which is one of my favorite young adult sci-fi series. “Logos” I learned from the blue version, the first book.

What exactly is a Memory Palace

Mapping Tools





1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

John 1:1-18 KJV