Friday, August 22, 2014

Family Scripture Study

The Lord has commanded members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to regularly attend church, as doing so leads to a joyful life, full of fellowship and learning. In addition, we're taught that we have the opportunity and duty to obtain an even larger quantity of spiritual knowledge in the home. This places a great responsibility upon families, and more especially upon parents. Consequently, a parent might ask, "how do I find the time to provide my children with so much learning?" The answer is consistency.
Houses are not built in a day, but rather brick by brick. Likewise, strong families are a result of consistent effort over time. In the April 2013 General Conference, Apostle Richard G. Scott said, "I’m sure you can identify the fundamental principles that center your home on the Savior. The prophetic counsel to have daily personal and family prayer, daily personal and family scripture study, and weekly family home evening are the essential, weight-bearing beams in the construction of a Christ-centered home." He later goes on to say, "Remember: little things lead to big things. Seemingly insignificant indiscretions or neglect can lead to big problems. More importantly, simple, consistent, good habits lead to a life full of bountiful blessings."
The Lord's instruction for parents to be primary facilitators in their children's quest for truth can best be achieved by small and consistent steps. The frequency for family scripture study should be daily, but the Lord has not set a specific time frame as to how long. My wife and I have found that for us personally, 15 minutes of couple scripture study each day is sufficient toward strengthening our marriage and we are excited to share this tradition with our future children.


What blessings can, or have, come to your family as a result of studying the scriptures together?

7 comments:

  1. I have heard; If you want to speak to the Lord, pray. If you want Him to answer, read the scriptures! I believe this to be true. The Lord answers our prayers through scripture. Scripture study is so important for us. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the time to read everyday. But if we make it a habit and read from the scriptures daily, we will be blessed. When my family studies together, we seem to talk more, communicate better. We may read a few verses and a question will come up and we spend more time talking than reading! When my children were teenagers, that was priceless!!!

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  2. I love the idea that it's most important to just be consistent in reading our scriptures. Sometimes I get in the habit of thinking that I need to read unrealistically long amounts in a day and then I get discouraged and don't do it at all. But the Lord just asks that we be consistent and through consistently delving into the scriptures personally and with our families we will see amazing blessings come into our lives.

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  3. I believe there are blessings that reading the scriptures daily qualifies our family for. As parents of 6 children, we can't be everywhere that our children are. But the lessons and spirit we get from reading together can go with them and protect them from some of the negativity found in the world. I am grateful for the blessings that come from obedience in scripture study.

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  4. I love taking the time to read with my husband every night. It is a time where we stop everything we are doing out of our busy life to ponder, learn and grow one step at a time together. It has strengthened us by "forcing" us to reconcile with each other before we fall asleep if we had unsettled feelings towards each other. We can't have scripture time when we hold hurtful feelings. So we take the extra time to talk it out and comfort one another and end the day with a good and spiritual feeling.
    So the blessings we have received by reading the scriptures together is a more peaceful environment. We both love coming home to each other because we hold no grudges from the previous day. Where there is peace, the Spirit can be more strongly felt.

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  5. Each time we read from the scriptures our family is uplifted. The scriptures really make a difference in dealing with the challenges of having a special needs child. He really feels the spirit as we read from the scriptures and often will make eye contact for a few seconds while we are reading. This familiar stories and the strong messages of God's love really change lives.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Brother Ivie. That makes me even more excited to have children. I look forward to seeing them feel the Spirit during scripture study as you have described.

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  6. Family scripture study has helped my family so much in our lives.

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