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Friday, February 18, 2011

Making the Scriptures Come Alive for Our Children

It is difficult, I find, to get kids excited about a book written in archaic English about people who lived thousands of years ago. Exciting things happen in the scriptures (wars, triumph over evil, a savior appearing to the people, etc.) but the events and excitement can be lost in the language for our kids, and sometimes even for us…The good news is there are a lot of resources, if you just dig a little, to help you help your children learn to love and understand the scriptures.

Some fun products I have found include:
Action figures of scripture heroes

Other things you can do include:

·         Try dramatizing your scripture reading.
·         Read with your children so you can explain what is happening.
·         Use scripture action figures, clipart images, or puppets to reenact scenes you’ve read in the scriptures.
·         Have your children pick a story they enjoy from the scriptures and act it out.
·         Find songs from the Children’s Songbook or the hymn book that coincides with what you’re reading.
·         Let your children “find” you reading the scriptures so they know you love the scriptures.
·         When your children have a problem or a question help them find answers in the scriptures.
·         Get your children their own copy of the scriptures.
·         Make scripture reading a habit… but a fun one.

There are lots of ways to help your children love the scriptures, and there are lots of things you can do to help them understand the scriptures. If you take the time to read with your children and help them understand, if you take the time to help them decipher the words, you can’t go wrong -- progress will be made. Also, by using the scriptures as a means to answer your children’s questions and help find solutions to struggles in their lives you will help instill them with the knowledge that the scriptures are the place to go to find help when you most need it. Use these ideas as a jumping off point, but find what works for you and your children. The most important thing, though, is to set the example of reading and loving the scriptures, and find time to bear your testimony to your children about the scriptures often.

What do you do to help your children understand the scriptures? Have you found anything (products, websites, etc.) that makes it easier?

*I was not paid to suggest or advertise these products. All products I suggest are products I have found, as a mom, are helpful to bring the scriptures to life. I am also not paid by Deseret Book, Living Scriptures, or the LDS church to endorse their website or their products, I just found their websites to be helpful.

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