I recently received the following question:
I stumbled across your blog by accident when looking for some ideas on fun ways to teach my kids. I am not a scholar in any way, just a dad who is very interested in raising good kids who know how to learn while they are young from the scriptures. My wife is a blogger and recommended your site. So here is what I would like help with. Do you have, or have you found, any resources outlining who is talking and to whom they are talking to for the scriptures.
Isn’t that a great question? Terribly flattering too (thanks, wife-blogger, for sending your hubby my way!), but unfortunately, I didn’t have a good answer. I would love to see a list like he requested, that goes over the scriptures and explains the ‘dialogue’ in them. If you have one, please send it my way!
In the meantime, I wanted to create a resource list for families like his: people interested in teaching their children from the Book of Mormon in a fun and exciting way.
Book of Mormon Page Titles – this is something I compiled via another blog, the Red Headed Hostess. These are scripture titles for every single page of the BoM. It makes it easy to stay on track and know what you’re reading, as well as helping you find specific stories faster.
The Red Headed Hostess
– she has been a seminary teacher for the past 10 years. She is phenomenal
at making the scriptures understood (and interesting!) to even teenagers. She has everything from scripture marking guides to a scripture journal for purchase, to Book of Mormon people you can print and color to recreate the stories.
Book of Mormon Study Guide
– this mom created a study guide for her 11 year old son to help him understand the scriptures as he read.
Book of Mormon Discovery
– this is a curriculum designed to take your family through the Book of Mormon Stories readers for younger children, and the Book of Mormon itself for older children. You read the story in the reader, and follow up with fun worksheets and activities.
Scriptures for Kids
– A fun website with the scriptures broken down by reading levels and awesome illustrations. Your child can read alone or have them read aloud. Also has fun games, downloads, and Family Home Evening activities.
LDS Scriptures for Kids!
– only $3, this family has created a Kindle ebook of 25 important events in the Book of Mormon. With simple text and kid-drawn illustrations, even the youngest child will enjoy this book.
The following resources are for personal adult (or older children) scripture study. I find them very useful for understanding the Book of Mormon myself, so when my kids ask questions, I don’t stumble over the answers… because I don’t really know. :)
Book of Mormon Picture Pages
– Over 14 years, this mom wrote 2,241
short narrations of The Book of Mormon for her children to illustrate. Print these pages out and have your children color as you read to them!
The following resources are resources appropriate for adults or older children.
The Book of Mormon Made Easier, Pt. 1
: This is my favorite resource on this list. After previewing the options at Deseret Book, this is the book that I felt helped me
understand the best. My recommendation is to go to Deseret Book and find one for you
. I liked this book because, like others, it broke the BoM down by verse or section, and explained it with doctrine, quotes, or other scriptures.
Other fun resources: