I have read this quote by Marion G. Romney many times, but I really needed to hear it again today:
“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness” (Ensign, May 1980, p. 67).
I need these blessings in my home! Don't we all? And yes, we do read family scriptures here at the Birrd's nest, but not as well as we should. Despite the fact that we try to do it every day, we don't. At the moment we're in the beginning of Helaman, and we probably started a year and a half ago... it's been so long that I can't even remember.
I have a new Book of Mormon reading chart in my new 2016 planner and I'm feeling super motivated there. Today I felt inspired to get my family a little more motivated too, and the idea came to me that we need to set a time goal because it will give us an incentive to not miss days. And I'm thinking a big reward at the end too. I look forward to discussing this all with the family at Family Home Evening tomorrow night and making some plans that hopefully everyone will be excited about.
I will read them all this Ezra Taft Benson quote too:
"There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. The scriptures are called “the words of life” (D&C 84:85), and nowhere is that more true than it is of the Book of Mormon. When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance." (October 1986 General Conference)