October 15, 2011

Memorizing Scriptures

During this past General Conference, Elder Richard G. Scott gave an amazing talk on the power of the scriptures. What a marvelous and powerful testimony that he has! As he was speaking, I noticed how he stressed the importance of not only studying, but of memorizing the scriptures as well. He said,
"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."
(Elder Richard G. Scott, October 2011)
As I pondered on this, I was trying to think of a fun way to make this a priority in our family. I thought back onto something that I stumbled across on pinterest a few weeks prior (here). The original source uses it as a Primary handout, but I thought it would also make a good visual aid in our quest to start memorizing scriptures at home.

My idea is that the kids can help me make them (they're super easy!) and then they would have a tangible object with the verse written on it that they could carry around, keep in their room, or whatever they chose to do with it until they learned the verse.

Here's how I made mine:

Materials needed:
1 piece of colored paper about 2.1" x 1.5" (in the color you want your scripture cover/base to be)
2 wrapped Hershey's Nuggets (silver or gold for your pages)
1 piece of white paper about 2.75" x 1"
1 sliver of colored paper or thin ribbon (for your bookmark)

Making the "scriptures" are easy after that. Simply center your two nuggets side by side on your colored paper and glue them down. Wrap the nuggets horizontally with your white paper, making sure to write or print your verse on it before gluing it down. Then add your bookmark in the center and your all done!

We plan to make two for each of our kids, one in English and one in Portuguese (the language we are currently learning). We started off easy with John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments." And as a bonus, after the kids have it down, they can choose one to dissemble and eat!

Kristen has three children ages 5 and under who all love to eat chocolate, along with an amazing husband who heavily encourages it. You can follow their various homeschool adventures (and mishaps) over at Mundo Classroom.

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Emily Schaumann said...

This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

What a cute idea! We'll definitely try this! We have a house full of chocolate lovers here, too. :)

Deila said...

Thanks for the great quote, and helping me remember this important addition of memorizing. Cute idea too.

Karina said...

We will be doing this for sure. Great idea!!

Anonymous said...

I just did a lesson in RS on this talk today! Wish I would've seen this sooner. But this is great and I know I can use in the furture too. Thanks for sharing the idea!

Anonymous said...

Every VT message has a scripture. This would be a great way to share a quote with your VT message every month.

Carol said...

I could see using this as a wedding favor

Juli Jacklin said...

I used your great idea as cupcake toppers for my daughter's seminary class. http://julijacklincupcakes.blogspot.com/
Thank you for posting it.

Frances Hicks said...

Carol....wedding favor

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this idea. I 've been looking for something to make for the people I work with for Easter. I wanted something quick & easy because I have 40 to make & this is supper. Thanks again Michelle'