I have also been memorizing Bible verses in the New Testament and this is what has been working pretty well for me.
There are 29 books in the NT and 28 letters in the alphabet. I assigned an animal name beginning in Matthew with an animal that starts with “A”. And going all the way to Jude I use an animal that begins with “Z”. For Revelation I use “Judge” which isn’t an animal but my system doesn’t work perfectly because there is one book more than letters of the alphabet.
So, using Matthew for an example, the animal I choose is an anteater. So, I picture an anteater in my mind and the anteater represents the book of Matthew. Then, to represent the different chapters in Matthew, I associate the anteater with some item that also begins with an “A”. Each chapter has its own item. So, there is one animal for each book and each chapter of that book has an item associated with the animal.
Matthew is an anteater and chapter 1 uses an abacus, chapter 2 is an air conditioner, 3rd chapter is an accordion…and so on. I had to just look through a dictionary to find names of items to use. Matthew 1:28 is an ax…so I see an anteater holding an ax for the last chapter in Mathew.
Then to distinguish the different verses I relied on the peg words for remembering numbers that memory books teach. Toe for one, Noah for two, Ma for three…etc.
So, for example Matt. 1:1 would be an anteater with an abacus and a toe. Matt. 1:2 would be an anteater with an abacus and Noah and Matt. 1:3 is an anteater, an abacus, and a Ma. Then somehow with a lot of creativity I have to actually create an story that connects the anteater, abacus, and toe or anteater, abacus, and Noah or Ma to the actual verses they represent. Some verses are easy and some are not as easy.
In the Book of Mark I use an animal that begins with “B” and items that represent the chapters also begin with a “B”…but I use the same toe, Noah, ma etc. for the actual verses. In the NT books that only have one chapter, I don’t bother with any item at all. Jude is a zebra and he is connected to toe, Ma, and Noah for verses 1,2,3, and so on. Jude has only one chapter. The real key to making this work is to clearly see the animal with his item and associate it with the toe, Ma, Noah and so on.
I hope this helps. I have memorized about 10 chapters so far this year using this method. The actual memorizing of the verses is mostly rote, but this system with the animals helps me keep it organized in my mind and easier to recall. it is almost like each verse now has an “address” in my mind. This method allows me to skip around to any verse I want to memorize…nothing has to be in any particular order.