My children are now adults, but they are still my children and if, I could and if they would let me, I would still gather them around me and have us read the scriptures together on a daily basis. As children, we would slowly read The Book of Mormon, at the speed of one verse each per day, but as time went on and they became more proficient in their reading skills, we progressed to two verses each per day.
In Family Home Evening and at church they were taught the stories found in the scriptures and they began to ‘liken’ the scriptures to themselves. It wasn’t unusual to find us acting out scriptural stories such as, Noah and his animals, Joseph and his dream coat, Nephi and his slaying of Laban so that he could retrieve the brass plates, which contained his genealogy and the history of his people and their dealings with God.
Now, my children are grown and i do not have that kind of influence on them anymore. Most, if not all do not read daily from the scriptures. They do not read them to their children on a daily basis and no do they encourage their small children to read them with them. This is sad. This is sad to my very heart.
I was not brought up reading the scriptures, nor was i taught to attend church regularly, and yet i somehow knew there was a God and this God listened to and answered prayers. Back then, God was still taught in school on a daily basis, unfortunately today this is not the case in most schools. I understand and accept the need to teach about all religions and why not, all learning is for our profit, but to remove God from school is also sad. It also, saddens my heart.
President Ezra Taft Benson. He said: “There is a power … which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path.”
For those who are parents, you will be especially interested in the promise of President Marion G. Romney, who taught that in our homes “the spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives.”
On March 26 of 1830, the first 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon were published and appeared on the shelves of E. B. Grandin’s bookstore. (An Invitation to study the Book of Mormon)
Today, I invite you to read The Book of Mormon, to study it, to pray about it and to read it to and with your children.
I know without doubt that this book is the words of God to his people. I know it, because i have read it, i have prayed about it and i have taught from its pages many times. I know my children learned to read early and more proficiently at that young age because they read the book on a daily basis; when they read such words as ‘obedience, commandments and baptized’ they cannot fail to be able to read such words as ‘and, the and but.’