This year I have felt impressed that our family should work on memorizing scriptures. Over the years we have often had a scripture of the week that we posted on our wall, but we haven’t actually memorized them. I was inspired by a friend who is memorizing scriptures with their two daughters (age 7 and 5), and I knew if they could do it, we could do it too. I loved Elder Scott’s talk about the power of scripture, and I want those same blessings in my life and in the life of my children.
Here is how it works at our house:
1) Select a scripture. Most often the scripture is related to our FHE lesson. We spent all of January memorizing Helaman 5:12, since our lessons that month were tied around that scripture and our 2015 family theme. In February our scriptures were on the topic of love.
2) Display the scripture. I search online for pretty images of the scripture (these are usually pretty easy to find). Print, laminate, and post on the wall in a prominent place in our home.
3) Practice the scripture. The best time we have found to review the scripture is doing our morning drive to school. The audience is captive in the van! Each of us takes a turn reciting the new scripture, or reviewing one from past weeks. Sometimes we review the scriptures at dinnertime. It only takes a few minutes.
4) Keep a binder. Once the scripture has been learned they go into our Family Memorization Binder (inspiration here) for us to keep and review.
Here are the scriptures we have memorized so far this year.
2 Nephi 25:26
My 10-year-old daughter is really good at this. She is always the first one to memorize a verse, and can be counted on to make sure the rest of us get it right. I am more lenient with my 7-year-old and 5-year-old (they tend to recite the same shorter verses when it is their turn, which is just fine for their stage of development). The more we have memorized, the harder it is to keep straight all of the references, but we do our best, and remember the message of the words is the most important thing.
It is really cool whenever we are at church and somebody quotes one of the scriptures we have memorized. It definitely catches the attention of us all!
Our next scripture to memorize is Moroni 10:32. We will likely have the youngest children just memorize the beginning, but some of us will work on the whole verse.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Elder Scott on the value of memorizing scripture.
Richard G. Scott, “The Power of Scripture.” October 2011 General Conference.
“Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high. They can become the key to open the channel to communion with our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.”
“Learning, pondering, searching, and memorizing scriptures is like filling a filing cabinet with friends, values, and truths that can be called upon anytime, anywhere in the world.
Great power can come from memorizing scriptures. To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship.”
“The scriptures can form a foundation of support. They can provide an incredibly large resource of willing friends who can help us. A memorized scripture becomes an enduring friend that is not weakened with the passage of time.”
Richard G. Scott, “For Peace at Home”. April 2011 General Conference.
“If you young people would review a verse of scripture as often as some of you send text messages, you could soon have hundreds of passages of scripture memorized. Those passages would prove to be a powerful source of inspiration and guidance by the Holy Ghost in times of need.”