Our family scripture study has evolved over the life of our family. While it was just Drew and I, we read a chapter or so every night, and discussed the doctrines we were learning. When Slim was a baby, we just kept doing that. As the children got old enough that we thought they were listening and interested, we read directly out of the scriptures for a few verses and then told the story so they became familiar with the stories in the scriptures. Slim used to tell the story of Nephi and the Brass plates to our families at three years old. They would laugh hysterically as he told them 'Laban said: I will kill you and it will hurt!' As the oldest children got old enough to discuss the doctrine, we started reading a few verses or a chapter and discussed what some of the words and ideas meant and how they apply to our lives today. Then when the Duty to God program for the young men required the young men to read the Book of Mormon completely once by the time they were a teacher and then again as a Priest, we just had the boy who was needing to complete that assignment be the reader for the family and we had discussions, as well. Currently, we have kind of continued that trend. Shorty (11) is our current reader, with all of his siblings before him having been the reader at one time or another, until they have completed reading the Book of Mormon once out loud. If you are doing the math, that means we have read the Book of Mormon at least 6 times as a family. In reality, I think we have probably done it about 15 times which isn't so bad for 25 years. (I haven't really counted.....)
We read our scriptures at night, before we say our family prayers. When everyone was little and home every night before 8, we all participated at the same time. Now we read at 8 with anyone who is here and needs to go to bed. Then we read again with the others when they get home. This last Wednesday night, I had just finished reading with the littlest guys and put them into bed, when the older ones showed up and we did the entire process all over again.
At our house, we all just gather together and one person reads while the rest of us listen.
Another family we stayed with has two children (11 and 9 ish). They read scriptures in the morning. They pull up the scriptures on the computer, which is hooked up to their television. They each read three or four verses, discuss their meanings and then say the prayer for the day.
The other family we stayed with reads in the evening. Each person brings their scriptures to their parents bedroom because their father is handicapped and that is where he is. They each read a page in the Book of Mormon (5 pages) and then the youngest ones read a page in the Pearl of Great Price (2 pages). Then they pray as a family and spend an extra two minutes or so after the prayer still quiet and on their knees as they listen for the Spirit to answer their prayers.
I know other families do a little kind of a devotional with a thought and a song.
I've shared this story before, but I'll share it again:
Elder Nelson came to one of our stake conferences years ago. He was discussing the importance of family home evening and family scripture study and its significance in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He actually told us from the pulpit, "I won't tell you our family scripture study and family home evenings were always a howling success. Sometimes there was more howling than success." He then went on to say that his children were more successful in their attempts to hold family scripture study and family home evening than he and his wife had been and he hoped that his grandchildren would do an even better job.
|This is what it would look like if we did it in the morning.|
And to be honest, I am pretty sure our children do not always or even usually remember what we discussed in family scripture study. But they know we have it. They know it is important. Through our obedience they learn that as a family, we value the information in the scriptures and we think it is important enough to follow the counsel of the prophets in holding family scripture study.
What does it look like at your house?