Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Book of Mormon Reading Challenge

Sometimes for family scripture study we are challenged to read entire books of scripture. This was the case several years ago with President Hinckley's challenge to read the Book of Mormon. And if you ward is like mine, your bishop occasionally gives reading challenges--last summer it was to read the Book of Alma. Currently our stake leaders have challenged us to read the Book of Mormon again by the end of the year. Here are a few tips to involve kids in this process:

1. Take turns reading -- let each family member have a turn. I have found that about 5 verses is good for each person's turn.

2. If you have kids that do not read yet, involve them by whispering a few words into their ears and having them repeat the words out loud. Do this for one or two verses and then have another family member read.

3. If you have kids who read, but who still stumble over scripture verbiage, limit the number of verses they have to read to 2 or 3 to help minimize their frustration. You will notice their reading skills will greatly improve the more they practice.

4. Some days try using the scriptures on CD--especially if you find your family has fallen behind schedule. Have family members try to follow along in their own books. Try randomly stopping the CD at one point and then reward those who can point to where the reader was when it stopped. You may also try asking a reading comprehension type question to make sure they are listening.

Scripture of the Day: D&C 6:27

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