Families, communities, and nations are stronger when parents gather their children together to study the scriptures. The beginning of a new year is an excellent time to develop a new scripture study habit. The family is the core unit of society, and the strength of the family determines the strength of the community and the nation.
home is the best place for children to learn the gospel because individuals can
learn in ways that are not possible in a meeting or class. The new Come, Follow Me – For Individuals and Families manual has numerous suggestions
for enhancing family scripture study.
Use Music: Sing songs that
reinforce the principles taught in the scriptures….
Share Meaningful Scriptures: Give family
members time to share scripture passages that they have found meaningful during
their personal study.
Use Your Own Words: Invite family
members to summarize in their own words what they learn from the scriptures you
Apply the Scriptures to Your Life: After reading a
scripture passage, ask family members to share ways the passage applies to
Ask a Question: Invite family
members to ask a gospel question, and then spend time looking for verses that
can help answer the question.
Display a Scripture: Select a verse you
find meaningful and display it where family members will see it often. Invite
other family members to take turns selecting a scripture to display.
Make a Scripture List: As a family,
choose several verses that you would like to discuss during the coming week.
Memorize Scriptures: Select a scripture
passage that is meaningful to your family and invite family members to
memorize it by repeating it daily or playing a memorization game.
Share Object Lessons: Find objects that
relate to the gospel principles in the scripture passages you are reading as a
family. Invite family members to talk about how each object relates to the
teachings in the scriptures.
Pick a Topic: Let family members
take turns choosing a topic that the family will study together. Use the
Topical Guide, the Bible Dictionary, or the Guide to the Scriptures
(scriptures. ChurchofJesusChrist.org) to find scripture passages about the
Draw a Picture: Read a few verses
as a family, and then allow time for family members to draw something that
relates to what you read. Spend time discussing one another’s drawings.
Act Out a Story: After reading a [scripture]
story, invite family members to act it out. Afterward, talk about how the story
relates to the things that you are experiencing individually and as a family.
family should expect to adopt all of the suggestions immediately. However,
every family should be capable of selecting one or two suggestions to
internalize each week. By utilizing the suggestions, a family can bring variety
and even excitement into their scripture study.
Russell M. Nelson said: “I promise that as you diligently work to remodel
your home into a center of gospel learning, over time
Since the family is the core unit of society, the most important thing to do is to strengthen it. One of the best ways to build strength in a family is to study the scriptures together. Parents can strengthen their family as well as their community and nation by gathering their children together for family scripture study.