Thursday, May 24, 2012

Family Scripture Study

I've been asked about how to have family scripture study, especially when you have children of different ages.  Well, you just do it.

We've read at dinnertime.  We've read just before family prayer and bedtime.  We've quoted scriptures at the table.  I've read to them as they eat breakfast.  You just pick something and do it.  If it doesn't work, try something else.  There are plenty of ideas on the internet.  Just make sure you read something, every day.  Teaching the children the importance of the scriptures is nearly as vital as teaching them the doctrine.  If they learn to love the Good Word, they will learn how to go there and find their own answers.  That's important.

Right now, we all get up and read scriptures at 5:30 in the morning.  It's not my favorite time.  At all.  That's the latest time that everyone is home in the morning, so that's when we do it.  The kids suggested it, and they have been getting up with very little complaining.  I have enjoyed feeling a bigger love in our family, and less bickering.  It's magic!

By the way, we invite them to read with us, and we wake them and remind them, but we don't force the children to join us.  They come because they want to, and not all of them want to... but most of them do, and it makes a difference.

I'm grateful that we have the scriptures, and the peace that comes into our home when we read them.

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