A few weeks ago during young women, Ani decided scripture study needed to be more of a priority among the girls in our ward. She had a giant brainstorm about making a poster to keep track of the total number of days scriptures are read in our ward’s young women organization.
She made the poster so the names can be moved or changed as girls move to other classes, move away, or move on to Relief Society. It’s on a foam core board. The names are on strips cut from 3×5 cards with holes punched on either end. They are attached to the board using brads threaded through holes cut in the board using a sharp knife. She made sure to include the leaders so we get to participate, too!
There is a dry erase marker attached so every week as the girls arrive in the young women room, they can write down the number of days they read at least one scripture that week. They can count assigned reading for seminary, reading for completing Personal Progress value experiences, or any other personal scripture reading they do.
Every month Ani will tally up the number of days the young women read scriptures and write it in the Last Month section. She’ll also keep a running tally for the number of days over the previous year they read their scriptures. The girls want a treat after they reach a certain number of days read as a group. We haven’t decided on what that magic number or what the treat will be.
At the bottom of one side, she put a pocket that she is planning to keep filled with little slips of paper with seven scripture passage references, usually ones that apply to value experiences, and they can read one passage per day during the week. She printed the Young Women torch from lds.org and a quote from Elder Scott’s fall 2014 conference address.
Ani presented her poster to the girls on Sunday and explained what to do and how to record the number of days they read each week. While she explained, I handed out wallet size cards we had had printed at Costco with Elder Scott’s quote on them:
Don’t yield to Satan’s lie that you don’t have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!