Dear Ruby, I am twelve and STILL have not read the entire Book of Mormon. I feel like everyone else has. I always try to get into the habit of reading the Book of Mormon, but it always falls apart! What can help me reach my goal????? Feeling Hopeless
Dear Feeling Hopeless, OK, I took an unofficial poll of all the twelve year olds I know and only one had read the Book of Mormon on their own (some had read it with their families). So you’re definitely not alone. In fact I’m pretty impressed that you’re concerned about it.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “We pray to talk to God, we read the scriptures so he can talk to us.” To me, this means we shouldn’t rush through the scriptures, but rather take it slowly and listen to the things Heavenly Father wants to teach us. Still, there’s great beauty in finishing something and once you’ve read the Book of Mormon all the way through you’ll start to enjoy reading it more.
If you Google ‘book of mormon reading chart’ you’ll find all kinds of schedules and charts to help you finish the Book of Mormon. I’d recommend trying one of the shorter schedules. Although it will take more time each day, you’re more likely to finish a 30-60 day challenge than a 6-12 month one. On Instagram you can join bofm365 and finish the Book of Mormon in a year, but it might be hard to catch up if you start in July.
Also, remember it’s OK to do the right thing for the wrong reason. I’ve heard of parents offering a cash bonus or desired item to kids who finish the Book of Mormon and I think that’s just fine. Yes, reading the scriptures offers it’s own reward, but sometimes we need a carrot to entice us along the way.
When I was 13, my Young Women leaders offered a trip to Lake Powell to anyone who read the scriptures every day for a year. I’d never been to Lake Powell and desperately wanted to go, so I read every single day in anticipation of that trip. The trip never happened, but I was so hooked the peace I felt from reading the scriptures, I didn’t really care.
You might not have parents or leaders who want to offer an incentive, so come up with one of your own. Plan something wonderful for the day you close Moroni 10.
You’ll finish the book. I just know it. We’ll start some sort of RubyGirl.org Book of Mormon challenge soon, but you’ll be on your second time through by then. I have all kinds of faith in you.
p.s. Guess where I’m headed this July? Lake Powell!