“Sharing Time: Scripture Scholars,” Friend, Feb. 1990, 43
Would you like to be known as a scholar? A scholar is someone who reads and studies and knows many important and useful things. You can become a scripture scholar by studying the scriptures every day.
The scriptures are the word of God. They include Jesus’ teachings when He was on the earth and other truths that He has revealed to His prophets and apostles. Jesus said, “Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (D&C 1:38).
When you read the scriptures, you feel closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus. You learn about the commandments and how to choose the right. The scriptures can help you to gain a testimony of Jesus that will bless your life in very special ways.
Jesus said, “Study my word” (D&C 11:22). President Benson has asked you to read the Book of Mormon and memorize passages from it. If you can’t read, ask a parent or an older brother or sister to read the scriptures to you. When your family reads the scriptures together, you can all become scripture scholars!
To help you become a scripture scholar, look up the verses listed, and fill in the blanks with the correct words. Carefully cut the scroll from the page. Glue two dowels or sticks 7″ (18 cm) long to the top and bottom of the scroll. Roll the sticks and paper to the middle, and you’ll have a scroll similar to ancient ones that contained the teachings of Jesus.
Help children become scholars by studying about subject (e.g., baptism, honesty, or honoring father and mother) listed in Topical Guide. Assign each child different scripture listed under topic to read and report on.
Assign children partners and have them memorize one or more scriptures and recite to each other.
Have children make scripture memorization chart for their personal use.
For younger children, recite short scripture beginning with words Jesus said. Toss beanbag to child and have him repeat scripture. Keep tossing beanbag to children until scripture is memorized; then begin another one.
Children can do choral readings by reciting scripture passages as group. (See Primary Sharing Time Resource Manual, page 20.)
Encourage children to write in their journals their feelings about things that they read in scriptures and/or to copy passages that they want to remember. Younger children could draw pictures.