Saturday, February 4, 2012

Foolproof family Scripture Study

Jason and I have tried many, many times to establish some good family scripture study/prayer habits. And we have failed many, many times.

Our biggest problem was that we would forget for a few days and then have absolutely no idea where we had left off--so we read 1 Nephi 1 a lot but never managed to erally make it any further.

This year I decided to change that. So I came up with a plan. A simple plan. An easy plan. A foolproof family scripture study plan.

For this scripture study plan, we use a monthly planner with nice, large squares. On Sunday evenings, we decide what we would like to do as a family on the next Saturday--as long as we read our scriptures every night! We've done things like family movie night, go hot tubbing at Grandma's house, get ice cream and french fries--easy things that don't cost much money. Every night after dinner, we gather together to read a few verses from the Book of Mormon. When we're done, I write on that day's square the verse that we left off on, so there's no question of where we are! I also write a sentence or two about what we read.
And I'm so happy to report that we have read scriptures as a family every single night for 35 nights now! Wow! The girls are so good at reminding us every day and it's become habit.

Tonight Tempe and Helena were very excited for our family "special occasion" (which is what they call our Saturday afternoon/evening activities) because we made ice cream in our new ice cream ball!

Have you seen one of these before? It's almost like a plastic hamster ball with two compartments. You put ice and salt in one, and the ice cream ingredients in the other, and then roll it around until the ice cream is mixed. It took us about 45 minutes, but the ice cream was worth it!

What do you do to make sure your family reads scriptures together?

3 comments: said...

Hi! I've enjoyed reading your blog the past couple of days as I discovered it by way of Pinterest. You have some great ideas and they have inspired me! Now I also need to figure out a concrete way to make sure our family reads scriptures together every day!! Thanks for the reminder. :) Please stop by my blog too if you have a minute!

Lisa said...

Way to go Andersons!

Deb said...

This is pretty much brilliant! Thank you for sharing!