We learned several years ago that there could be both power and fun in memorizing scriptures. While we have not always been consistent at doing it, we have learned that there are some things we have enjoyed doing as a family. At times it was fun and silly and at other times, a little more focused. Either way, in the end, it provided an opportunity for our family to be strengthened together and as individuals. Memorizing scriptures provided a tool to help us have scriptures and uplifting quotes stored in our minds. Then in any situation, we can pull them out for our protection, comfort, and direction. They are friends that are ever present. Here are a few ways to help you and your children memorize:
1) Use a mixture of pictures and words to help assist in memorization. It is fun to take pictures of the children acting out different words or phrases from scripture and putting them all together. Here are a couple of examples: Matthew 6 and Doctrine and Covenants 10. We also use free clip art off the internet sometimes, instead of taking our own pictures. 2) Type the scripture and print it out in a small size and a big size. Post the small size scriptures on the bathroom mirrors so people can practice them while getting ready for the day. Post the big size scripture in your family area somewhere –maybe on a wall near the kitchen table or on the fridge. (Masking tape is a great tool!) If your children are small, it may be wise to focus on a shortened version of the scripture. For example memorizing “Let your light so shine before men” (Matt. 5:16) may be a better choice for a two year old, than memorizing the whole scripture.
3) Write or type the first letter of each word in the scripture. It can spur on your memory while you are working on the memorization. For example: 4) Also try memorizing the words from General Conference. The sentence structure is more familiar and easier to remember. Great one liners can quickly be committed to memory. One of my boys is always saying, “You will not make a major mistake without first being warned by the promptings of the Spirit.” (which is a quote from Boyd K. Packer, Nov. 2011) Sometimes a special poem may be fun to memorize. Rhyming words are helpful. My youngest daughter likes to say the poem “All the Water in the World.” It was quoted by Boyd K. Packer in Oct 1999—( Author unknown, “All the Water in the World,” in Best-Loved Poems of the LDS People, ed. Jack M. Lyon and others (1996), 302) 5) Simply repeating the scripture each night at prayer time will aid in memorizing. My husband likes to say it in funny voices that the kids mimic…high, low, fast, slow, etc. Setting a family goal may also be helpful. The important thing is to work together…some children may easily memorize a verse while others may struggle. To combat this the goal needs to be a combination of everyone’s efforts. An idea would be to add a marble to jar every time someone in your family memorizes a scripture. When the jar is filled, have a fun treat or party. We have had a lot of fun memorizing as a family and we have also discovered that by doing this in our home it helped our children with their schoolwork. Interesting…
Quote from Elder Richard G. Scott: “[Scriptures] can become stalwart friends that are not limited by geography or calendar. They are always available when needed. Their use provides a foundation of truth that can be awakened by the Holy Ghost. 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. It is like discovering a new individual who can help in time of need, give inspiration and comfort, and be a source of motivation for needed change.” (The Power of Scripture, Oct 2011)