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Book of Mormon Read-A-Thon

Want a *FUN* summer activity for your Young Women?  Have a read-a-thon with the Book of Mormon!  This can be done over a weekend (Friday Morning to Saturday Night).  I've also heard it being done in 24 hours.

Some tips on how to execute this:
*Personally invite everyone over with a paper invitation.  You may want to type up a longer letter to the parents explaining what will be happening and your schedule.

*Mix up the reading.....take turns reading: read in large groups, small groups, read in classes (beehive, mia maid, laurel), individually, have actors come in and read a chapter about "them" (6-10 people portrayed), listen on CD (the downloaded MP3 version can be read "faster" to save some time), etc...

*About every two hours, take breaks to eat meals, snacks, play a quick group game, etc... (Have other Ward Auxiliaries, or parents bring in the meals/bigger snacks - have them ready-to-eat).

*Have pictures from the Book of Mormon and hang them as you read about them - at the end, they will be a great visual of what was just read.  The Women in the Scriptures posters are great to use as well.

*Finish the Book of Mormon with the Bishop reading the last chapter or so.

It's fun to give everyone a "party bag" when they arrive to get them through the event.  This can include: a soft cover Book of Mormon with their name on the outside cover, bottled water, Kool-aid packets (on-the-go ones), gum, mints, small snacks, scripture marking pens/pencils, a bookmark of that year's mutual theme, and of course a Book of Mormon Reading Chart.

If you think you have time - it would be nice to occasionally have some Question & Answer sessions during the course of the reading.

At the conclusion of the event, give each girl a zipper pull with a Book of Mormon charm on it to always remind them of this event.  Also - be sure to sign off their VIRTUE value project....they just did it!

Here is a great article on one group of YW who held a Book of Mormon Read-a-Thon.
Here is another one.

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