For Christmas this year Jeremy and I gave Athena and Samantha each a lamp to sit on their bedside table. They love to read at night and had previously been reading in the shadows created by their little nightlights plugged into the wall. It turns out that these lamps have been the best gifts ever! Each night Athena and Samantha individually stay up at night reading, sometimes as long as an hour! I'm proud of them for reading so well and challenging themselves with harder books.
I have been thinking about it for awhile and decided that maybe they should start using that reading time to their advantage to gain some spiritual knowledge. For Family Home Evening this past week I talked about the Book of Mormon and how it lays out the path for us to return to live with Heavenly Father again. I bore my testimony of the Book of Mormon and issued a challenge to all those who can read in our family (Jeremy, myself, Athena, and Samantha) to read the Book of Mormon all the way through.
I got these bookmarks at Deseret Book for only 50 cents apiece. With them we can track our reading and see the progress of each other. The girls were really excited about this program and being able mark off their little squares with each chapter they read.
I keep the bookmarks on the fridge so at any time we can see how far along everyone is. When we all reach certain milestones with our reading then we will go on a family reward. So far our challenge is going well. I'm excited to see everyone participating and checking up on each other. We have even had some good conversations about our reading.
I look forward to our continued progression through the book and enjoying the blessings in our home that reading this book will bring.