“Our children should be indoctrinated in the principles of the Gospel from their earliest childhood. They should be made familiar with the contents of the Bible, the Book of Mormon and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants. These should be their chief text books, and everything should be done to establish and promote in their hearts genuine faith in God, in His Gospel and its ordinances, and in His works.”
-Wilford Woodruff, emphasis added (source)
It is a mistake to use paraphrases of the text; the fine roll of Bible English appeals to children with a compelling music, and they will probably retain through life their first conception of the Bible scenes, and, also, the very words in which these scenes are portrayed. This is a great possession.”
-Charlotte Mason, 1:249
If the scriptures are to be our chief text books, then we should expect to reach for them at a variety of points in our day, from the first day of kindergarten to graduation and beyond, and we should reach for the actual scriptures far more often than we reach for manuals, however good they may be. David O. McKay taught, “Character is the aim of true education,” and there is no better way to encourage a godly character than to regularly spend time reading, studying, and memorizing scriptures both ancient and modern. Miss Mason had a number of recommendations for how to use the Bible, and most of these can also be applied to modern scriptures as well.
Memory Work and Recitation
Our Lord Himself gave some of his deepest teaching in the fabulous stories known to us as parables…
-Charlotte Mason 4:161
Miss Mason recommended teaching children the parables the Lord told by reading them to the child repeatedly, then when he thinks he can do it well, having him repeat it back to you until they can recite the entire parable. She also suggested showing children depictions of parables by the early Masters, done in much the same way that picture study is done, by showing the child the picture, then taking it away and asking him to describe it. We have compiled a list of parables the Lord gave in the New Testament, as well as a number of parables given in the Doctrine and Covenants. In addition, we have linked to early Masters’ depictions of the New Testament parables where we could find them.
All children have it in them to recite; it is an imprisoned gift waiting to be delivered, like Ariel from the pine.
-Charlotte Mason 1:223
Articles of Faith
Doctrinal Mastery & Scripture Mastery
Passages about the Atonement of Christ
Passages for Baptism: Coming soon.
Passages for New Priesthood Holders: Coming soon.
Passages for Young Women: Coming Soon.
Baby Steps Blog: 64 Scriptures for LDS Children to Memorize
Simply Charlotte Mason: Scripture Memory System
Charlotte Mason Institute: Memory Work in a Mason Education
Your Morning Basket #2: Furnishing the Mind: A Conversation on Recitation with Andrew Pudewa
Scripture Reading Rotation