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How do you handle scripture study with your little ones? We have 4 under 6 so sitting through even a single verse is nearly impossible and I don't feel like they're getting anything but the routine out of it so we bought the Book of Mormon Stories that are illustrated. We've been using them for scripture study rather than the actual scriptures and we'll slowly start to read the actual verses as the kids get a little older. So I was wondering what other parents do to make scripture study a little easier for the really young ones.
I only have a baby right now, so I'm not currently dealing with this issue but I wanted to make some comments.
This is a quote from Richard Maynes in his General Conference address this last April.
"We brought our children together and held weekly family home evenings as well as daily prayer and scripture study. It was not always easy, convenient, or successful, but over time these simple gatherings became treasured family traditions. We learned that our children might not remember everything about the family home evening lesson later in the week, but they would remember that we held it. We learned that later in the day at school they would probably not remember the exact words of the scriptures or the prayer, but they would remember that we did read scriptures and we did have prayer. Brothers and sisters, there is great power and protection for us and our youth in establishing celestial traditions in the home."
It's okay if they don't seem to be getting much out of it. Establishing the habit is the most important thing right now. As they get older they will get more out of scripture study. I think using the illustrated stories for now is a wise move.
I do the same thing with the story books of book of Mormon stories. I'm going to start incorporating actual verses, I think, from the stories that we read. As long as the routine is there, and they get repetition, it'll sink in.