Every year we have a Family Home Evening the Monday before school starts where we eat a favorite meal, recieve a Father's Blessing, and discuss our new Family Theme for the school year.
While studying my scriptures I came across the scripture in D&C 27:15-18. We try to pick a theme that will build them spiritually, strengthen our family, and help them during the year. When I came across this scripture I knew the power of the scriptures and what a difference it can make. So Jeremy and I talked about it and decided that would be our focus this year. We want them to LOVE the scriptures. We want to teach them the scripture stories so they can turn to the scriptures when problems arise in thier lives, and learn how the scriptures truly can give you the power you need daily. So we are going to work on helping them develope personal scripture study. I heard a talk on the BYU channel the other day that gave a specific way to recieve revelation and help from the scriptures. I've been doing this in my own life.
1) set a time to study the scriptures
2) pray before you start and ask Heavenly Father for the Spirit to be with you.
3) Thank Heavenly Father for the scriptures
4) Discuss with Him your problem or question and ask Him to help you find the answer in the scriptures.
5) After your study thank Him for the guidance.
It really does work. He wants us to know His will and help us with our trials and stuggles. We just need to ask and do our part.
I want to use the scripture D&C 27:15-18 as our main scripture to teach the principles.
15 Wherefore, lift up your hearts and rejoice, and gird up your loins, and take upon you my whole armor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, having done all, that ye may be able to estand.
16 Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, which I have sent mine angels to commit unto you;
17 Taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked;
18 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of my Spirit, which I will pour out upon you, and my word which I reveal unto you, and be agreed as touching all things whatsoever ye ask of me, and be faithful until I come, and ye shall be caught up, that where I am ye shall be also. Amen
Thier are so many things you can do with kids and use this scriptures. They love it and understand it. I also love the song Scripture Power!
I love a new school year! I love schedules! This gives Jeremy and I the perfect oppurtunity to start new things with the kids and have a "House of Order". I will admit, I get lazy in the summer.
We have also decided to have a Family Declaration to repeat each morning before school. This will help the kids remember who they are and what we are doing here. I know we are sending our children out into a big world full of many scary things, but I know too if we will ARM them with the proper principles and covenants they will be ok. They need experinces to use the principles we are teaching them. They will learn to make good choices and find where real happeniess comes from. But I know I must do my part as a mother and teach them.
We are devoted disciples of Christ; our family’s greatest goal is to gain peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come. To this end we will honor and obey God, love and serve family, friends, and neighbors, be honest in all things, work hard and do our best, be grateful and be of good cheer.