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!