3/25/2006

An "eye" for Nephi

This is a guest post from Keryn Ross. It has been previously published here. As I look back at the Family Home Evening of my childhood, I distinctly remember two kinds: the ones I hated and the ones I loved. (I'm sure that there were a ton of just regular ones, but why would I remember them?) The ones I hated, of course, usually had to do with my father and mother solemnly discussing our chores (and the lack of doing them) or family relations (stop picking on your brother) in a disappointed tone. The ones I loved--besides going to the library or playing kickball in the street outside--usually had to do with the scriptures: putting the pictures of scripture stories in chronological order, memorizing scriptures by erasing one word at a time, etc. My favorite was the scripture chase--being the first to find the scripture announced by Daddy. And he wouldn't give you the actual reference, oh no. He'd say something like "I will go and do..." and you'd be racing to turn your pages to 1 Ne 3:7. "A witness and a warning" would send you off to the first section of the Doctrine and Covenants. We'd have little symbols drawn on the top of the page to help us remember where the scriptures were--an eye for "I will go and do", a traffic sign for "a warning", etc. I loved those evenings because they were crazy and loud, with much cheering and boo-ing. And we got to know (and love) the scriptures pretty well. Fast forward several (many) years, and now I have a family of my own. Of course, my oldest is only two and a half, so FHE is short and filled with songs about sunbeams and apricot trees. Our lesson this week was on cleaning up your toys when Mommy asks. But in every FHE for the last month, we've read 1 Ne 3:7--at least the "I will go and do" part of it--and had my toddler repeat it. I figure if my son can quote dialogue from his favorite movies after seeing them twenty times, he can memorize a few scriptures, too--right? And as soon as he's old enough, I'll have him draw a little eye at the top of that page.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes I think we don't give our kids enough exposure to scriptures, because we want to wait until their old enough, or the story is more interesting if told in an illustrated version, they have s hort attention span, etc, etc. This is a great idea to get the kids interested in the actual scriptures. Thanks!

3/25/2006 09:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Last year our ward Primary started a challenge: Have the kids memorize the monthly theme scriptures. If they stood up in Primary and could recite it without help, they got to put a sticker by their name on a chart. I would have never guessed a 2 year-old nursery child could memorize Moses 1:39 and John 3:16, but as he listened to his brothers recite the scriptures to learn them, he memorized them himself. It's never to young or too soon.

3/26/2006 11:07:00 PM  

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