Families and Scriptures

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“There is absolutely nothing more important we can do for our families than to strengthen them in the scriptures. Parents, call your families together to read the scriptures, and work to make it possible in your busy family schedules. Children, respond quickly and happily when you are called to scripture study.”

Cheryl C. Lant, Primary General President
My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures,” October 2005 General Conference

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“When I study the scriptures, the Spirit of the Lord fills my home. I gain important understanding, which I then share with my family, and my love for them increases. The Lord has told us that our time should ‘be devoted to the studying of the scriptures’ and that ‘the Book of Mormon and the holy scriptures are given… for [our] instruction.’ Every woman can be a gospel doctrine instructor in her home, and every sister in the Church needs gospel knowledge as a leader and teacher. If you have not already developed the habit of daily scripture study, start now and keep studying in order to be prepared for your responsibilities in this life and in the eternities.”

Julie B. Beck, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures,” April 2004 General Conference

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“How can we engage our children in learning from the scriptures so that the testimonies of the prophets will make a difference in their lives? We have been counseled to read the scriptures together as families. When scripture reading and sharing is a tradition in our families, then our children are more likely to make it a habit in their personal lives.”

Anne G. Wirthlin, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Teaching Our Children to Love the Scriptures,” April 1998 General Conference

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“My concern is that families need to teach the gospel to each other in the language of God, our Heavenly Father. In the home, when direction is needed, when a problem or misunderstanding arises, I pray that we may open the scriptures with our youth beside us and find the law irrevocably decreed upon which blessings are predicated. Reading the will of God in the language of God builds reverence and witness and commitment, and we will all live more purely.”

Elaine A. Cannon, Young Women General Presidency
A Generation Prepared to Make Wise Choices,” April 1984 General Conference

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