Friday, November 28, 2014

Of all the titles...

 "The title father is sacred and eternal. It is significant that of all the titles of respect and honor and admiration that are given to Deity, He has asked us to address Him as Father." -Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 
The Proclamation teaches us that "the family is central" to our Heavenly Father's plan.  Our purpose here on earth is to become more like our Heavenly Father, and just as we have heavenly parents, we have the opportunity to be parents here on earth.  Being parents gives us a small opportunity to understand better how Heavenly Father feels about us, his children.  Not only should we take this responsibility seriously, but it is something we should appreciate and cherish.

I love this church video from Father's Day.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Defending our Faith

"This generation will be called upon to defend the doctrine of the family as never before. If they don’t know the doctrine, they can’t defend it." -Sister Julie B. Beck

As a mother of four teenagers, I have come to tolerate and even love their strong, stubborn personalities. I didn't at first, but one day I realized how important they were for standing for what they a world of declining morals. Living in southern California, during the Prop 8 election, was not easy on them. My oldest son, who was in high school, was constantly being called out by fellow students and even teachers, because of his beliefs. It would have been easier to keep quiet, but that wouldn't have been Braiden. With kindness and compassion he let people know what he believed and why. He felt confident in his knowledge of gospel principles and had a strong testimony that these things were true.

We read in the proclamation, "Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to 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." Although important, it is not enough to simply provide for the physical needs of our children. We must teach them to pray, to read the scriptures, to follow the commandments, to serve others, and to love the Lord. We must teach them the that they can defend it!