I was actually going to write this post last night and I got busy with the kids and ended up putting it off until today. I'm glad I did! The new themes for 2016 were announced today for the church and I'm just so excited because the primary theme is perfect for this post! I wouldn't have seen it , if I posted this last night! The 2016 primary theme is : I Know The Scriptures Are True. HOW PERFECT!!!! Just think of all the new resources that will be coming out for us also, to teach our children about the Scriptures and to help them to gain a testimony of the power of the Scriptures. :)
Just like Family Prayer which we discussed yesterday HERE , family Scripture study takes just a few moments each day. In fact you can do Scripture study at the same time as family prayer. You don't have to sit for an hour each day and just read from the Scriptures. You can do what is right for your family! If you have little ones, it may work out to just read a few verses each day and then look at a picture from the gospel art kit that corresponds with the Scripture story. If you have older kids and teenagers, you may be looking for something more in depth. I will show you what we are using as a family later on in the post.
There are lots of neat ideas out there on how to make Scripture study more streamlined, efficient, make it a habit, and make it fun! I love the idea of keeping Scriptures in a basket near where you have your Scripture study. Everyone can just grab a Book of Mormon or Bible etc and plop down on the couch and you can begin! That is a great idea! One of the blogs I read had the funniest idea and I wish I had thought of it when my kids were younger ( heck they would probably like it now haha!) she gets a snack... something like teddy grahams, or goldfish crackers etc and the kids sit in front of her and she reads the Scriptures. They are to listen quietly for the phrases "Behold" and "It came to pass" and when they read those words, she tosses them a treat! They love it and I think it's fun! There are just so many great ideas!
So what happens when we start doing family Scripture study each day ? This small and simple thing can bring about powerful blessings. One of my favorite quotes talks about what happens when you read the Book of Mormon daily in your homes.
Once again The Redheaded Hostess has an amazing resource. This is what my family will be using this year for Scripture study. I actually got the digital download so I can print off 3 copies of the page we will be doing that day so that the kids will eventually have a binder full of neat Scripture notes, etc. Just look how cool her Book of Mormon study guide is! She is so amazingly talented! She is a seminary teacher and wow... I'm a little jealous of her seminary students... although we are blessed too because we get to take advantage of her great talents!
You can take advantage of the awesome discount code that they gave us to use ..... go to www.theredheadedhostess.com and fill up your digital cart. It's a one time use per customer code... and you get 25% off all digital downloads. That's pretty awesome! When you get to the checkout.. enter the code : ldsparenting. That's it :)
Another awesome resource is www.livingscriptures.com I was able to have a really long amazing conversation with one of the reps, Misty, and we had a blast throwing around ideas on how to make Scripture study fun and meaningful. There are so many ways to do this with the Living Scriptures dvd's, The Animated Scriptures. Some of the things we talked about were to watch one of the DVD's... focus on that Scripture story throughout your week in Scripture study. Highlight the Scriptures that are in the movie ( they will pop right up on the screen in the special section and you can just highlight them in your Scriptures ) and then each day at lunchtime, read one of the Scriptures . There are activity pages you can print out if you go to www.animated bible.com and you can do Bible stories. Basically, the awesome people at Living Scriptures have already done a lot of the work for us! If you go HERE you will be able to read for yourself, just how many amazing benefits there are to using the Animated Scriptures dvd's. The special codes are still available for you to use... from 7:30 am - 2:30 pm MST contact Misty and give her the code M98B and tell her that JL from LDS Parenting sent you. From 1 pm - 8 pm MST contact Paula and give her the code P9CN and tell her that JL from LDS Parenting sent you. They will set you up with a free gift and then help you be able to get set up with the dvd's and they are always running awesome promo's where you get free stuff ;) The number is 1-800-727-0828. We use the dvd's and we love them. My kids have watched them since they were little bitty and now that they are tween and teenagers ( yikes!) they love the live ones like the church history dvd's and the prophets series. Anyway, that is another great resource for family Scripture study.
The last resource that I want to share with you for family Scripture study is this awesome interactive Book of Mormon that I had the opportunity last year to check out and use with my family, and then I gave it to the nursery at my ward and they have loved it so much! This is a wonderful way to do Scripture study with younger kids ( although my kids were 13, 12, and 10 when we downloaded it and they actually had fun with it lol. ) Anyway, I've had the button on the blog for awhile now and I'm hoping you guys have already checked it out... but if not.. here is the link to get it : INTERACTIVE BOOK OF MORMON
And here is a youtube video that explains about it and shows you some of the cute pages!
Good luck with your family Scripture study. Small and simple things.... we can do this! What are some of your favorite tips and tricks for making sure that you make time daily for Scriptures and what fun things do you do to keep it exciting ? Happy Parenting! Love, JL~