Our family finished memorizing “The Living Christ” document over fall break. Some of us are still getting the words in our heads, and so until December 25, we will be reviewing each paragraph–one paragraph per day–as well as reciting the entire document in 2 week …
Tag: family scripture study
The bathroom is a great place to learn!
I like to encourage learning in a room which we frequently visit by keeping good magazines and other helpful information. Each year, I hang up the theme poster of the year on the inside of the bathroom door as well as the scripture verse of the year under it.
This year, I’m posting all three languages that our children are studying in our home: English, French, and German. I’m rotating the language versions of the poster each month to include Finnish, since I still want to keep trying to learn Finnish, even in miniscule increments each year.
English poster (2017) (Click on the thumbnail image of the poster)
French poster (2017) (Click on the thumbnail image of the poster)
German poster (2017) (Click on the thumbnail image of the poster)
Finnish poster (2017) (Click on the thumbnail image of the poster)
If you happen to want to print the poster for the verses in German, French and English, click here (or on the thumbnail).
If you want to learn how to find these posters in other languages, I will try to post a tutorial later. It’s super easy!
Here’s a fabulous tool that helps us achieve our goal of studying the scriptures together (and grow spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotinally) everyday: Our SCRIPTURE BASKET! Ta dah! Nothing fancy. Just a simple plastic basket. Here’s what’s inside: A copy of the Book of Mormon …
I decided that while I’m brainstorming every day, I’ll write some posts on the topic.
WHAT WE CHOOSE AFFECTS OUR EVERY DAY LIFE.
I know: that’s not news.
But what might be news is that we are constantly acting on choices whether or not we realize it. Sometimes we aren’t awake to what our choices are and how we are organizing our entire lives around those choices. When we deliberately (or not so deliberately) set and pursue a goal, it can have really far-reaching consequences! So we want to choose wisely, because whether we recognize it or not, we build our life around those choices. And those choices affect not only us, but all those around us!
FOR EXAMPLE, when I was young, my mom was a single mom, for about 5 years. I often watched TV as she taught piano lessons. While I was a fairly good reader, being on my own with time on my hands meant I chose TV more than reading. That is, until I started babysitting for a family (Candace’s) who adored reading. They had this wonderful wall of books that I had access to (and no TV) after I put the children to bed. I also spend a ton of time at another friend’s (Pargie’s) home, who also had a room full of books, and I saw what her family was reading. Our home teacher’s family were great also readers (no TV), and his wife (Sue) taught us using the scriptures and other great books in Sunday School. (I always wanted to read Adam Bede because of her quoting from it.) Another friend of mine (Charlotte’s) mother purchased great books to share with those who didn’t have the means to get them for themselves. I walked into her home one day and saw their kitchen table covered in piles of books. I was so inspired by all of these women’s examples and starting reading their books. Over the years, because of them, I have read and purchased some really fabulous books!
When I got to college, I realized that I hadn’t really read enough to be well-prepared for the classes I was taking. I decided that I would help my children be well-read before they got to college. So I started collecting good books. I bought books for my children’s birthdays, Christmas, Easter and any other special occasion. I read all the time to our children. Our library grew and so did their ability to read. One day, when I was organizing our library to fit my needs as a weekly reader in our elementary school, I found my own kitchen table covered in piles of good books.
Now our children are all good readers. I believe that they are capable of choosing wisely what to read and that they have or will have a solid reading ability and background before they head to college. My dream, over several decades, is being realized.
Achieving dreams all starts with a thought, a feeling, a desire. It can be such a small desire! Then you seek after that desire. You organize your life around it. And all of a sudden–maybe after years–you realize: hey! I am doing it! My dream is coming true!
(Just had to insert this song here, because we really like this song in our family. Not all the lyrics are meaningful or relevant, but it’s sure a cool song. And it’s somewhat related appropriately because it’s from the movie “Narnia,” and the family I babysat for adored The Chronicles of Narnia. 🙂 Tee hee.)
When your desires are centered on God’s desires for you, things eventually turn out awesome! God’s priorities are the ones that lead to happiness!
When we’re talking about creating a house of order, there is so much more to ORDER than simply organizing a cupboard. We’re talking about first choosing priorities that lead to wise choices and goals that you build your life and time and space around. God’s order means prioritizing our lives the way he recommends. It includes wisdom, pacing, and carefully choosing. Acting on these choices produces routines that we create in our daily, weekly, and monthly lives.
And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order. (Mosiah 4:27)
FOR EXAMPLE, because we want Christ to be at the center of our lives and home, Lane and I pick a family theme for the year. Then we go to our children in family council and share this theme. Then we set goals afor the new year. The theme and goals are Christ-centered, because we hope they will help us to feel closer to him and become more like him.
Because of this first goal-setting family council, we hold a family council each week on Sunday and review our goals. We talk about how we’re doing. I create a bulletin board each January so we can be reminded visually of our goals.
We plan activities during the week or FHE lessons or adjust our schedules so that we can accomplish our goals.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE: One of our goals has been to have family scripture study. We talk about what time we should be going to bed and waking up in order to all be together. We arranged the furniture so that there is a place where we can all sit together and read and discuss. I found a basket and put the scriptures, hymnbooks and other supplies in there so that we can have everything easily accessible in that room each morning and don’t have to go searching for our books. We have blankets nearby so that when it is cold, we can snuggle and wrap ourselves in blankets and be warm. The morning routine includes getting up and holding scriptures at the same time.
You can see that we ended up planning a time, our space, other resources, and a routine all around that one goal that we set as a family.
This habit that we have had for the last 22 years has had a major impact on our family’s development, intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and even physically. (Learning to get up early and go to bed at a reasonable hour are important habits in maintaining lifelong health!)
That’s one slice of order for you. Put your priorities in order, and you will be able to figure out how to put the rest of your life in order!
Your goals will determine your time, space, and resource management, and you’ll be able to have more peace in your life. The stuff that won’t matter to you or to God will fall away like dead leaves that don’t get any water.
“When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities.” (Ezra Taft Benson, “The Great Commandment–Love the Lord,” April 1988 general conference).
There we were, four children on the couch, one sprawled out on the floor, me sitting on the floor, all of us covered in blankets or a fuzzy robe to be warm on a crisp, fall morning. Some eyes were partly or all the way …
Our scripture memorization for this month includes 3 Nephi 12:44-45 and two quotes from Joseph Smith about love and kindness. We still review our yearly scripture (Matthew 26:21-22). The poem and quote on the side are Peter and Anna’s school class memorizations for this month (Emily …
(This photo really is not related to this post. I just saw it again today and love it so well! I had to share it! It reminds me of a golden moment enjoying an ice cream cone at the Thanksgiving Point ice cream shop years ago!)
I love learning from my children.
A few years ago, we started rotating who leads our morning family scripture study. Last week, we were reading about prayer in Alma 34, and the child who was leading said, “Prayer is a ‘no duh’ thing.” She explained that it’s just one of those things that you should always do, because it makes so much sense, and because Heavenly Father answers prayers. She talked about how she prays before quizzes and tests at school, and how she needs to remember more often to pray before eating lunch. I really appreciated her sincerity and conviction. She knows prayers are answered! That phrase has definitely stayed with me this whole week.
This morning, she led our study again. This time, we were in Alma 37, reading about how small and simple things lead to great things. She shared how her math teacher always tells their class to simplify an equation. She quoted the teacher as saying, “When it doubt, write it out.” Explaining this, she said that when you have an equation, and you write it down in its simplified parts, then it is so much easier to see what you are dealing with, and you can figure it out! What a sage application of this critical principle! I know what she said is true: sometimes simply writing a problem out on paper for me (in my journal) can help me figure out what I am dealing with. (I’m talking life, not just math!)
I love her insights.
I love each of their insights! I’m grateful for the inspiration that came that one morning after sincere prayer to know how to improve our scripture study. That thought to give each child a chance to lead the discussion (instead of parents dominating the discussion every day) has been a wonderful answer leading to feeling the Spirit so much more often in our study time.
Another child came to me this morning to report that she had lost a library book, and so she prayed to find it. And then she found the book. She added that then she said a “thankful prayer.”
My children teach me to remember to give thanks!
I cannot express how grateful I am for my parents teaching me to pray. I have loved being able to pass on that gift by teaching my children to solve problems (and equations) in life through sincere prayer and applying true principles that we learn in the scriptures.
Happy Learning from Your Children,
I thought this talk was so fabulous for mothers, especially young mothers who can take a deep breath about what they really need to accomplish. I am so grateful that these have been priorities in our home. I believe that family prayer, scripture study, have …