Encourage understanding and application:
(learning words and phrases): Explain that the Lord uses action words to describe how we should study the scriptures. Display the following words and phrases on posters around the room:
feast (see 2 Nephi 32:3)
treasure up (see D&C 84:85)
search diligently (see Mosiah 1:7)
hold fast (see 1 Nephi 15:24)
Plan creative ways to introduce and explain these ideas to the children. For example, you could invite the children to demonstrate the difference between nibbling and feasting on food and then discuss how this relates to studying the scriptures. You could also ask the children why they would “hold fast” to their parent’s hand in a crowded marketplace and then explain how they can hold fast to the scriptures and why that is just as important as holding fast to their parent’s hand.
Encourage application (reading scriptures):
Challenge the children and teachers to establish a habit of regular scripture study. Explain that each week, children who have read from or listened to the scriptures will be able to write their name on a piece of paper and add it to a paper chain. Tell them that as the chain grows, so will their knowledge of the scriptures. Consider storing the chain in a “treasure” box (this box could also be used to teach what “treasure up” means in the activity above). Encourage the children to share their goal of studying the scriptures with their families.