Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are often encouraged to read the scriptures with their families.
But helping children engage with the sacred texts can be a difficult task.
Knowing that helping children to love the scriptures can be a tall order, Kelli Coughanour, a mother of five with experience in publishing, created “The Book of Mormon for Young Readers.”
This full-color instructional volume aims to draw families into the stories and teachings of the Book of Mormon.
Divided into 52 chapters — one per week — Coughanour pulls together key scripture stories and texts from the Book of Mormon, coupling them with artistic maps, detailed timelines and powerful pictures to help the stories come to life. From Nephi’s escape from Jerusalem to Moroni’s final testimony and many significant moments in between, “The Book of Mormon for Young Readers” seeks to engage youths in lessons from the lives of prophets past.
This book is geared toward family study and seeks to bring readers a magnified view of scriptural accounts.
Throughout the pages, the book not only recounts important Book of Mormon moments but also highlights important scriptures that families could memorize, explains difficult words and phrases in child-friendly language and urges readers to apply the dynamic stories to their own lives. The text even links scriptural lessons to applicable songs from the "LDS Children’s Songbook" and encourages families to journal their own thoughts and feelings about the lessons they learn.
The book quotes many, but not all, of the verses from the Book of Mormon, so parents or grandparents will need to guide children in this gospel study because of the amount and depth of the text, rather than giving it to a young child to study on his or her own.
“The Book of Mormon for Young Readers” is a reference guide that could help families delve deeper into Book of Mormon study.
Melissa DeMoux is a stay-at-home mother of six young children who lives in West Valley City, Utah. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and she blogs about her adventures in motherhood at demouxfamily.blogspot.com.