At the start of this year as I was contemplating what goals we should set for our family, I felt impressed that we should start memorizing scriptures. I was inspired by Elder Richard G. Scott’s conference talk “The Power of Scripture“. To help us get started we used a 21 day Bible verse memory challenge that I had found online… seemed as good a place to start as any.
The first verse it had us memorize was Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee…”
The girls have really taken to memorizing scriptures. I thought it was something they would resist at first, especially the older ones, but they have been excited to learn each new scripture.
About 3 weeks and 3 scriptures in, I was sitting in the kitchen and asked Lauren to take something down to the basement for me. I was waiting for her usual response that she couldn’t go down by herself (she is scared to go anywhere by herself, even her own bedroom) when I heard her say “Sure mom” and then repeat to herself “Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee…” as she started down the steps.
I was shocked. My mind started thinking over the past three weeks and how much better Lauren was sleeping at night. She used to stay up hours past her bedtime, afraid to go to sleep (even though she shares a room with Emily and has a nightlight and a string of christmas lights). Now she was going to sleep much easier, sleeping more restfully.
Elder Scott 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.”
How grateful I am for our new found friendship! What a blessing memorizing scriptures has been for our family.