Scripture study is important in our family. It is also constantly changing its structure within our home. When Gage was little, we were very sporadic about it. By the time he was two, we sang, prayed, and read or recited one verse together at night. When Kjel was born, we began seeing that more was needed, and adjusted to that by reading more at night, and doing our singing-family motto-scripture memorization-prayer, both morning and night.
During the summer, I felt prompted, again, to change things up. We started gathering all the scriptures and putting them in a basket, then bringing the basket to the table in the morning during breakfast. Everyone would grab a pair, and we began the Book of Mormon again (we just finished in May). This worked pretty well. I also bought each child a small notebook and would keep them in the scripture basket. During scripture study they could write questions (or doodle - that's what Kjel and Will did, as they can't write yet ;). This worked pretty well for the summer, but when we were in a hurry we'd just quickly read (each of us takes one verse, and helps Kjel and Will by reading a line and they repeat it back).
It worked, but I still didn't feel like we were "hearing the music" of the gospel, and teaching our children to do the same. Yes, we were studying together, but I'm not sure that our studies were helping them to love God, and helping them to want to serve Him and each other.
So. Another scripture study face lift. We are on day two and so far, loving it.
The first day, Steven was at the temple, so I just taught. We learned about Christ's visit to the Americas. This is what I did: each kid got three blocks (we love Melissa and Doug wooden, unpainted blocks). I asked each child to build a tower. We opened up to 3 Nephi 9 and I named each of their towers after a city that is named (Jacobugath, Morianton, etc) and told them how it was destroyed (fire, being buried in the sea, buried by earth), and let them destroy it. I asked them why the cities were destroyed. We talked about how the unbelievers wanted to kill those who believed in Christ and anticipated his coming.
Then we read verse 22: Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved.
I asked them "Who is a little child?" They eagerly pointed to themselves. We talked about what it means to be like a little child, and how eager the Savior is to forgive us and save us, EVEN and ESPECIALLY when we have done wrong.
Then we had song, prayer, family motto, and our ponderize scripture. Our whole morning of study probably took 10-15 minutes. Not bad!
Obviously we are a work in progress, but I love the scriptures. I am learning to treasure them. I very badly want to teach my kids to treasure them. Look at these amazing promises!
|But first, look at this amazing face!|
"Our beloved brother, President Marion G. Romney, who celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday last month and who knows of himself of the power that resides in this book, testified of the blessings that can come into the lives of those who will read and study the Book of Mormon. He said:
'I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness' (Ensign, May 1980, p. 67).