What an exciting time to live on the earth and to be a parent!!! It has always been our responsibility to teach our children the gospel of Jesus Christ but that is even more the case now as we shift our focus to home centered gospel learning.
“Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.” ~ The Family: A Proclamation To The World
Children are a heritage from the Lord, Ps. 127:3–5.
Train up a child in the way he should go, Prov. 22:6.
Teach children to walk in truth and soberness, Mosiah 4:14–15.
Parents should teach children gospel principles and practices, D&C 68:25, 27–28.
This is not new doctrine to anyone who lives on earth and certainly not new to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! However, we now have placed upon us an even greater responsibility to make sure that we are able to create an environment at home that will lead our families to deep conversion to Jesus Christ and His gospel.
A prophets promises in creating effective home centered gospel learning
For everyone, that will be different. We are all at different places in our spiritual growth but I will say this. We cannot created a gospel-centered home if we are not centered in the gospel! We have been given so many opportunities just recently to strengthen ourselves and our testimonies. Here are a few thoughts from our prophet on things we can do to make ourselves more centered on Christ:
1. Reading The Book of Mormon between now and the end of the year
- Read the Book of Mormon by the end of 2018, as challenged by President Nelson.“Second, I invite you to read the Book of Mormon between now and the end of the year. As impossible as that may seem with all you are trying to manage in your life, if you will accept this invitation with full purpose of heart, the Lord will help you find a way to achieve it. And, as you prayerfully study, I promise that the heavens will open for you. The Lord will bless you with increased inspiration and revelation.”
As you read, I would encourage you to mark each verse that speaks of or refers to the Savior. Then, be intentional about talking of Christ, rejoicing in Christ, and preaching of Christ with your families and friends.2 You and they will be drawn closer to the Savior through this process. And changes, even miracles, will begin to happen.
2. How are you spending your time?
Pay attention as to how and where your time is spent. What are your focusing on? This challenge was also given by President Nelson. If you have not participated in this, I challenge you to do so now. “First, I invite you to participate in a 10-day fast from social media and from any other media that bring negative and impure thoughts to your mind. Pray to know which influences to remove during your fast. The effect of your 10-day fast may surprise you. What do you notice after taking a break from perspectives of the world that have been wounding your spirit? Is there a change in where you now want to spend your time and energy? Have any of your priorities shifted—even just a little? I urge you to record and follow through with each impression.”
3. Blessings from temple attendance to guide our home centered gospel learning
In President Nelson’s closing remarks, he gave several challenges with a promise attached to them. One was to attend the temple regularly and consistently. The blessings that follow as we do this are remarkable.
“My dear brothers and sisters, the assaults of the adversary are increasing exponentially, in intensity and in variety.3 Our need to be in the temple on a regular basis has never been greater. I plead with you to take a prayerful look at how you spend your time. Invest time in your future and in that of your family. If you have reasonable access to a temple, I urge you to find a way to make an appointment regularly with the Lord—to be in His holy house—then keep that appointment with exactness and joy. I promise you that the Lord will bring the miracles He knows you need as you make sacrifices to serve and worship in His temples.”
4. Implementing home centered gospel learning
- Diligently working to implement this new program in our homes also came with promised blessings.
“The new home-centered, Church-supported integrated curriculum has the potential to unleash the power of families, as each family follows through conscientiously and carefully to transform their home into a sanctuary of faith. I promise that as you diligently work to remodel your home into a center of gospel learning, over time your Sabbath days will truly be a delight. Yourchildren will be excited to learn and to live the Savior’s teachings, and the influence of the adversary in your life and in your home will decrease. Changes in your family will be dramatic and sustaining.”
5. Find time each day to pray for specific revelation for your family.
6. Participate in The Gathering of Israel in any way you can: missionary work, family history, temple attendance.
Tools that will help us with home centered gospel learning
LDS.org if FILLED with resources that will help us teach and train our families! Here are just a few. You can find these on the LDS.org website under families and individuals.
There are also many bloggers who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints whose goal is the same as ours! Here are a few of my favorites!
- The Red Headed Hostess has some amazing printables and packets to buy. I use her stuff often when I am teaching church lessons or FHE.
- The Nie Nie Dialogues- Stephanie just always makes you feel like you can do anything! If you have not read her story, it is sooo inspiring!
- Kim At Home– This is my sweet friend who has her hands full with 5 little ones and a very full heart. Her life is a wonderful stories and if you have younger kids or grandkids-her posts are chalk full of great activity ideas!
- A Year of FHE is FULL of amazing and easy ideas to teach the gospel at home! Definitely worth checking this out.
We live in an amazing time with resources to help us build gospel centered homes, literally at our fingertips. I truly remember when WE were Pinterest because it was difficult to share ideas across the world! There are so many more blogs but this is just a taste.
More to come on Home Centered Gospel Learning
Myself, along with many other bloggers who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, will be posting ideas and ways that we can help each other in our quest for effective home centered gospel learning!