We do our best to read from the scriptures, as a family, on a regular basis. The other day, our daughter convened the family, said a prayer, picked up the Book of Mormon, and started to say, "And it came to pass . . . mumble, mumble, mumble . . . And it came to pass, mumble, mumble, mumble."
|And it came to pass!|
We were very tickled she remembered the phrase and, more importantly to us, we were thrilled she wanted to read and she remembered something from what we had read.
I'm intrigued to note one Egyptian scholar, an expert in Semitic languages, cited the frequent use of the phrase "and it came to pass" as evidence "the Book of Mormon was indeed a translation of 'the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians.'" http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/in-tune-with-the-music-of-faith?lang=eng
I'll close with a similar story I heard while serving as a missionary in Peru, seven years ago:
"Many years ago, when our oldest children were six, four, and two, my wife and I sprang a pop quiz on them. We had been reading daily as a family from the Book of Mormon.
"'Who was the man,' my wife inquired, 'who went into the forests to hunt, but, instead, prayed all day and into the night?'
"After a few moments of silence, she ventured to help: 'His name starts with an E … e … e … e … e.'
"From the corner of the room, our two-year-old called out, 'Nos!'
"This child was the one who was playing in the corner—the one that we had thought was too little to understand."
I'm convinced our children are always old enough for us to start reading the scriptures with them. I encourage us all to continue reading with them or make a commitment to start.