Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Our family finished the Book of Mormon!


About 2 1/2 years ago we set a goal to read the entire Book of Mormon as a family. Being a young family with little ones, that is a daunting task! We started from the first page and slowly, but surely we made it to the end-today! When you have little ones, you only read maybe a few verses a night(Well, thats how we are- some nights we maybe only read one verse!) but I can honestly say we made sure we read something just about every night.
Aubrey was about 4 1/2 when we started it and we would whisper in her ear the words for her to say aloud(like we do with Ella now). Its been awesome to see Aubrey as she has learned to read, just pick up so quickly. She can zip through the scriptures with barely any help now! And she has already gained a testimony of the truth of the Book of Mormon. The other day we read in Moroni where he tells you to ask God if the things in this book are true. Joey thought it would be a great opportunity to teach the girls about prayer. He said to Aubrey something like, "We should try that, don't you think Aubrey? Lets say a prayer to Heavenly Father to ask if The Book of Mormon is true." Aubrey looked at him and said without an ounce of doubt in her voice, "I already know its true Dad." The way she said it was so powerful. She knows its true and its not because I have told her or because Joey has. The spirit has touched her heart and told her. Its the Spirit that teaches us and helps us to gain a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Aubrey is such a sweet and special girl and this experience just confirmed that. It was a tender moment in our home that night. I'm grateful for a daughter who is teaching me so much.

Ella has been our faithful scripture-getter:) When we would sit down, she would always be the one to go and get the scriptures and make sure we read them. I remember a couple of times hearing her say, "Don't forget to read scriptures!" She was a good little reminder many evenings! It quickly became part of our routine and I hope it will always remain that way since we have started it when they are still so young. And Cali, well, she has only been with us for half the journey, but she was definitely great for some comic relief:) (burps, sneezes, toots, yawns, beeping noses, sitting on people, playing with noisy toys, etc:)

I have read the Book of Mormon myself several times, as well as the Bible and the other standard works. I can honestly say that reading from the scriptures every night with my family brings an added measure of the spirit into my life and into my home. While it is important to have personal scripture study every day, its especially important to do it with your family. It unites you as a family as you read from the scriptures and as you pray together daily. When you hear your children reading the words of Christ and you are all sitting down together with the scriptures in hand, its awesome. Not every night did the kids cooperate, it wasn't always perfect, but it was worth it and our family has been greatly blessed. I'm so proud of us! :) It took us over two years, but we did it!

16 comments:

jOeY said...

Yea us! :)

Reading the Book of Mormon, as a family, has been such a blessing. Finishing it together is so significant! This accomplishment will always hold a special place in my heart.

Now it's time to celebrate!

cyndi/mom/nana said...

Awesome. I'm so touched to hear of your accomplishment and diligence on staying with it and hanging in there that is certainly commendable. I loved reading this post and thank you for sharing this tender moment with all of us. We love you guys and appreciate all your efforts in helping to strengthen others.

Marie said...

Congrats Holly! Your lovely little family is such an inspiration to me. I wish so much that when my children were growing up I had been a member of the church. Our lives could have been enriched and blessed in so many ways. I just love reading about your family, and trust me when I say, your testimony and words bless my life in countless ways every time you post.

Shankar said...

Congratulations! That is an awesome accomplishment. It is wonderful that Aubrey already has a testimony of the Book of Mormon, and that Ella knows the importance of daily Scripture Study.
Now, tell me when you manage to get through the Old Testament with the girls.

Grammy Staffy said...

I am so proud of you. What a great accomplishment. Thank you for your testimony and your example.

I know that you will continue to be blessed because of your faithfulness. Love, Lura

Jan said...

What a wonderful accomplishment for your family -- and how great for you to do it together like that. I love reading stuff like this -- the implication (and promise, really!) is of such great blessings for all of you.

Kristi said...

That is so awesome, Holly, that you were able to accomplish this as a family!! It is such a great goal and so important,too. And that Aubrey--I love the strength of her testimony already. What a blessing that will be to her all her life.

Tara D said...

That is truly an accomplishment! Good job guys.

-Melissa- said...

That is so awesome! What a great accomplishment. I definitely feel that reading the scriptures together as a family has brought the spirit into our home.

Rebecca said...

Great Job! It sure makes a difference in the family atmosphere doesn't it?

ACDC2005 said...

What a great accomplishment! Now you get to see how long it takes you to read it again!!

Patty said...

It really touched my heart to hear what Aubrey said about knowing that the Book of Mormon was true! You guys are wonderful parents. Keep up the good work. I'm proud of you!!

Jessica said...

That is awesome!!! You have inspired me. I'll let you know when we finish...it might take us a little longer. Our Children are very colorful if you know what I mean. No excuses though. Thanks for proving that it can be done with small children.

Erica and Orlando said...

Congrats! You have inspired me to try and do it with my family.

HIRSCHI FAMILY said...

What a great accomplishment. It has been awhile since I have read the Book of Mormon all the way through. You and your family have inspired me to make this a goal for our young family!

The Zookeeper said...

That is awesome!! You guys rock!