How many times do you eat each day? How long have you gone without eating anything at all? When you go without food and water, your stomach starts to growl with hunger and your body feels weak.
Just as your body needs to be fed every day to keep it strong and healthy, your spirit needs daily nourishment to be strong and to stay close to Heavenly Father. One way to do this is by reading the scriptures. President Ezra Taft Benson has said: “Heavenly Father wants you to continue to learn from the Book of Mormon every day. It’s Heavenly Father’s special gift to you. By following its teachings, you will learn to do the will of our Father in Heaven.
To be successful in reading the scriptures every day, you first need to promise yourself that you will do it. Then try to make a habit of reading at the same time each day, perhaps right when you wake up in the morning, before or after a meal, or just before you go to bed. You can read a verse, a chapter, a page, or for a certain amount of time. If you can’t read, ask someone in your family to read to you. The important thing is to do it every day.
Jesus said, “And blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost” (3 Ne. 12:6). When you read the scriptures daily, you will be blessed in many ways and will feel closer to Heavenly Father.
Starting with 1, color in one numbered space of the picture every day that you read the scriptures. At the end of thirty-one days, you will have a completed picture and will have established a scripture-reading routine.
Read children the following quote from President Benson and have them choose a few favorite Book of Mormon scriptures to memorize. “I have a vision of thousands of missionaries going into the mission field with hundreds of passages memorized from the Book of Mormon so that they might feed the needs of a spiritually famished world” (Ensign, November 1988, page 6).
Tell or dramatize stories of valiant people like Jesus, Nephi, Helaman’s stripling warriors, Mormon, Daniel, and Samuel, who were taught from the scriptures as children.
Put small items symbolizing scripture stories into a bag. As a child pulls an item from the bag, have him identify or tell the story it reminds him of. (See “Grab Bag of Scripture Stories,” Friend, December 1983, inside front cover.)
Begin telling a scripture story and stop at an exciting place. Have the children find the story in the scriptures and read the ending.
Have older children each choose the best time of day for them to read the scriptures, then ask them to make a personal commitment to read every day for a certain number of days. Younger children could ask their parents’ help in reading the scriptures every day.
Sing songs listed in Topics, “Scriptures,” “Book of Mormon,” or “Bible,” in the Children’s Songbook.