Sunday, April 25, 2010

GC Recap #23 - Help Them on Their Way Home

I was both amazed and uplifted by the many, many talks given in conference about parenting, especially mothering. One such talk was given by President Eyring. Speaking of our Heavenly Father he said, "He wants them to gain early the spiritual strength to stay on the path. And He needs our help to get them back to the path quickly should they begin to wander.

"...So we help God’s children best by providing ways to build faith in Jesus Christ and His restored gospel when they are young. And then we must help rekindle that faith quickly before it dims as they wander off the path."

I was inspired as I read this, having never thought of it this way, "Heavenly Father has assigned us to a great variety of stations to strengthen and, when needed, to lead travelers to safety. Our most important and powerful assignments are in the family. They are important because the family has the opportunity at the start of a child’s life to put feet firmly on the path home.

'Of all the help we can give these young people, the greatest will be to let them feel our confidence that they are on the path home to God and that they can make it. And we do that best by going with them. Because the path is steep and sometimes rocky, they will at times feel discouraged and even stumble. They may at times become confused about their destination and wander after less eternally important goals.

'The best counsel for us to give young people is that they can arrive back to Heavenly Father only as they are guided and corrected by the Spirit of God. So if we are wise, we will encourage, praise, and exemplify everything which invites the companionship of the Holy Ghost. When they share with us what they are doing and feeling, we must ourselves have qualified for the Spirit. Then they will feel in our praise and our smiles the approval of God. And should we feel the need to give corrective counsel, they will feel our love and the love of God in it, not rebuke and rejection, which can permit Satan to lead them further away."

And then he said, "The example they most need from us is to do what they must do. We need to pray for the gifts of the Spirit. We need to ponder in the scriptures and in the words of living prophets. We need to make plans which are not only wishes but covenants. And then we need to keep our promises to the Lord. And we need to lift others by sharing with them the blessings of the Atonement which have come in our lives."

I was truly inspired by this. As I have said before, parenting can be so overwhelming at times. When I think of all I need to teach these precious little ones, it is so easy to become discouraged. But as President Eyring so plainly states, we just need to do what we know we are supposed to do. As they see our example and feel of our love we have for the Savior they will emulate it. We can the plant their feet firmly while they are still so young and impressionable. This is my hope and prayer.

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