I wonder if having casual and infrequent family home evening will be enough in the future to fortify our children with sufficient moral strength. In the future, infrequent family scripture study may be inadequate to arm our children with the virtue necessary to withstand the moral decay of the environment in which they will live. Where in the world will the children learn chastity, integrity honesty, and basic human decency if not at home. These values will, of course, be reinforced at church, but parental teaching is more constant.
Elder James E. Faust "The Greatest Challenge In The World--Good Parenting" General Conference, October 1990
President Ezra Taft Benson has said:
"There is a book we need to study daily, both as individuals and as families, namely the Book of Mormon. I love that book. It is the book that will get a person nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than any other book. (See Book of Mormon, Introduction.) President [Marion G.] Romney recommended studying it half an hour each day. I commend that practice to you. I've always enjoyed reading the scriptures and do so on a daily basis individually and with my beloved wife.
"Children, support your parents in their efforts to have daily family scripture study. Pray for them as they pray for you. The adversary does not want scripture study to take place in our homes, and so he will create problems if he can. But we must persist. "Perhaps each family member can take a turn reading a verse at atime. Comments could follow. Maybe you can study by subject. Perhaps assignments might be made"
A Sacred Responsibility" - Ensign, May 1986, 78 - President Ezra Taft Benson
President Howard W. Hunter also said:
"Scriptures contain the record of the self-revelation of God, and through them God speaks to man. Where could there be more profitable use of time than reading from the scriptural library the literature that teaches us to know God and understand our relationship to him? Time is always precious to busy people, and we are robbed of its worth when hours are wasted in reading or viewing that which is frivolous and of little value.
"Reading habits vary widely. There are rapid readers and slow readers, some who read only small snatches at a time and others who persist without stopping until the book is finished. Those who delve into the scriptural library, however, find that to understand requires more than casual reading or perusal—there must beconcentrated study. It is certain that one who studies the scriptures every day accomplishes far more than one who devotes considerable time one day and then lets days go by before continuing. Not only should we study each day, but there should be a regular time set aside when we can concentrate without interference"
Reading the Scriptures" - Ensign, Nov. 1979, 64 - Howard W. Hunter
Topic: Family Scripture Study
"Nephi said: 'For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children' (2 Ne. 4:15). How can we engage our children in learning from the scriptures so that the testimonies of the prophets will make a difference in their lives? We have been counseled to read the scriptures together as families. When scripture reading and sharing is a tradition in our families, then our children are more likely to make it a habit in their personal lives."
Anne G. Wirthlin, "Teaching Our Children to Love the Scriptures" Ensign (CR), May 1998, p.9