Sunday, May 9, 2010

GC Recap #24 - Mothers Teaching Children in the Home

In honor of Mother's Day today, I chose this talk given by Elder L. Tom Perry. He spoke beautifully of the things his mother taught him and how she taught him as he was growing up, but then he said, "I am not using my mother as a role model for parents in today’s world. Times are very different today, but while times may change, a parent’s teaching must never be devalued. Many activities link the values of one generation to the next, but perhaps the most central of these activities is parents teaching children in the home. This is especially true when we consider the teaching of values, moral and ethical standards, and faith.

"Teaching in the home is becoming increasingly important in today’s world, where the influence of the adversary is so widespread and he is attacking, attempting to erode and destroy the very foundation of our society, even the family. Parents must resolve that teaching in the home is a most sacred and important responsibility. While other institutions, such as church and school, can assist parents to “train up a child in the way he [or she] should go”, ultimately this responsibility rests with parents. According to the great plan of happiness, it is parents who are entrusted with the care and development of our Heavenly Father’s children. Our families are an integral part of His work and glory—“to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man".

He then went on to say, "Parents must bring light and truth into their homes by one family prayer, one scripture study session, one family home evening, one book read aloud, one song, and one family meal at a time. They know that the influence of righteous, conscientious, persistent, daily parenting is among the most powerful and sustaining forces for good in the world. The health of any society, the happiness of its people, their prosperity, and their peace all find common roots in the teaching of children in the home."

Oh how important it is for us to teach our children. When I think of all I need to teach these little ones it can become quite overwhelming. But I love how he says its comes one book read, one song sung, one scripture read at a time. That I can handle. And it really is true. It is in those small everyday moments that great teaching occurs.

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