By Alan on Jun 21 in Daily Inspiration tagged abominations, be saved, believe, bretheren, destroy, Doctrine and Covenants, dwindled, Fathers, Gold Plates, His name, His people, iniquity, Ismaelites, Joseph Smith, knowledge, Lamanites, Lemuelites, Nephites, of The Lord, preserved, records, repentance, rhe promises, testimony, The Book of Mormon, the gospel, the Lord, the promises, very purpose | Comments Off
What Was The Purpose Of The Gold Plates Found In New York?
”And this testimony shall come to the knowledge of the Lamanites, and the Lemuelites, and the Ishmaelites, who dwindled in unbelief because of the iniquity of their fathers, whom the Lord has suffered to destroy their brethren the Nephites, because of their iniquities and their abominations.” D&C 3: 18
From the Book of Mormon, (2 Nephi 1)
Lehi prophesies of a land of liberty. (This is America.)
His seed will be scattered and smitten if they reject the Holy One of Israel. (Jesus Christ)
He exhorts his sons to put on the armor of righteousness. (About 588–570 B.C.)
(These are our Native Americans.)
1 And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had made an end of teaching my brethren, our , Lehi, also spake many things unto them, and rehearsed unto them, how great things the Lord had done for them in bringing them out of the land of Jerusalem.
2 And he spake unto them concerning their upon the waters, and the mercies of God in sparing their lives, that they were not swallowed up in the sea.
3 And he also spake unto them concerning the land of promise, which they had obtained—how the Lord had been in us that we should flee out of the land of Jerusalem.
4 For, behold, said he, I have a , in which I know that is ; and had we remained in Jerusalem we should also have .
5 But, said he, notwithstanding our afflictions, we have obtained a of promise, a land which is above all other lands; a land which the Lord God hath ed with me should be a land for the inheritance of my seed. Yea, the Lord hath this land unto me, and to my children forever, and also all those who should be out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.
6 Wherefore, I, Lehi, prophesy according to the workings of the Spirit which is in me, that there shall come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.
7 Wherefore, this is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever.
8 And behold, it is wisdom that this land should be as yet from the knowledge of other ; for behold, many nations would overrun the land, that there would be no place for an inheritance.
9 Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained a , that as those whom the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they shall upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all other nations, that they may possess this land unto themselves. And if it so be that they shall his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them, nor to take away the land of their ; and they shall dwell safely forever.
10 But behold, when the time cometh that they shall dwindle in , after they have received so great blessings from the hand of the Lord—having a knowledge of the creation of the earth, and all men, knowing the great and marvelous works of the Lord from the creation of the world; having power given them to do all things by faith; having all the commandments from the beginning, and having been brought by his infinite goodness into this precious land of promise—behold, I say, if the day shall come that they will reject the Holy One of Israel, the true , their Redeemer and their God, behold, the judgments of him that is shall rest upon them.
11 Yea, he will bring nations unto them, and he will give unto them power, and he will take away from them the lands of their possessions, and he will cause them to be and smitten.
12 Yea, as one generation passeth to another there shall be , and great visitations among them; wherefore, my sons, I would that ye would remember; yea, I would that ye would hearken unto my words.
13 O that ye would awake; awake from a deep , yea, even from the sleep of , and shake off the awful by which ye are bound, which are the chains which bind the children of men, that they are carried away captive down to the eternal of misery and woe.
14 Awake! and arise from the dust, and hear the words of a trembling , whose limbs ye must soon lay down in the cold and silent , from whence no traveler can ; a few more and I go the of all the earth.
15 But behold, the Lord hath my soul from hell; I have beheld his , and I am encircled about eternally in the of his .
16 And I desire that ye should remember to observe the and the judgments of the Lord; behold, this hath been the anxiety of my soul from the beginning.
17 My heart hath been weighed down with sorrow from time to time, for I have feared, lest for the hardness of your hearts the Lord your God should come out in the fulness of his upon you, that ye be off and destroyed forever;
18 Or, that a should come upon you for the space of generations; and ye are visited by sword, and by famine, and are hated, and are led according to the will and captivity of the .
19 O my sons, that these things might not come upon you, but that ye might be a choice and a people of the Lord. But behold, his will be done; for his are righteousness forever.
20 And he hath said that: as ye shall keep my ye shall in the land; but inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from my presence.
21 And now that my soul might have joy in you, and that my heart might leave this world with gladness because of you, that I might not be brought down with grief and sorrow to the grave, arise from the dust, my sons, and be , and be determined in mind and in one heart, united in all things, that ye may not come down into captivity;
22 That ye may not be with a sore cursing; and also, that ye may not incur the displeasure of a God upon you, unto the destruction, yea, the eternal destruction of both soul and body.
23 Awake, my sons; put on the armor of . Shake off the with which ye are bound, and come forth out of obscurity, and arise from the dust.
24 Rebel no more against your brother, whose views have been , and who hath kept the commandments from the time that we left Jerusalem; and who hath been an instrument in the hands of God, in bringing us forth into the land of promise; for were it not for him, we must have perished with in the wilderness; nevertheless, ye sought to away his life; yea, and he hath suffered much sorrow because of you.
25 And I exceedingly fear and tremble because of you, lest he shall suffer again; for behold, ye have him that he sought power and over you; but I know that he hath not sought for power nor authority over you, but he hath sought the glory of God, and your own eternal welfare.
26 And ye have murmured because he hath been plain unto you. Ye say that he hath used ; ye say that he hath been angry with you; but behold, his was the sharpness of the power of the word of God, which was in him; and that which ye call anger was the truth, according to that which is in God, which he could not restrain, manifesting boldly concerning your iniquities.
27 And it must needs be that the of God must be with him, even unto his commanding you that ye must obey. But behold, it was not he, but it was the of the Lord which was in him, which his mouth to utterance that he could not shut it.
28 And now my son, Laman, and also Lemuel and Sam, and also my sons who are the sons of Ishmael, behold, if ye will hearken unto the voice of Nephi ye shall not perish. And if ye will hearken unto him I leave unto you a , yea, even my first blessing.
29 But if ye will not hearken unto him I take away my blessing, yea, even my blessing, and it shall rest upon him.
30 And now, Zoram, I speak unto you: Behold, thou art the of Laban; nevertheless, thou hast been brought out of the land of Jerusalem, and I know that thou art a true unto my son, Nephi, forever.
31 Wherefore, because thou hast been faithful thy seed shall be blessed his seed, that they dwell in prosperity long upon the face of this land; and nothing, save it shall be iniquity among them, shall harm or disturb their prosperity upon the face of this land forever.
32 Wherefore, if ye shall keep the commandments of the Lord, the Lord hath consecrated this land for the security of thy seed with the seed of my son.
By Alan on Feb 16 in Blog tagged alan, ancestors, authority, choice, convert, eternity, Family, Jesus, Mormon, plan, promise, testimony, world | 2 Comments
Hello. I am Alan Osmond
. I want to express the feelings of my heart
with to all that will listen! You may NOT agree with me as I share openly my opinion
as well as my music
and God’s “Plan of Life
“… which is The Family!
When Jesus Christ was on the earth, He established His Church among His followers. After His Crucifixion and the deaths of His Apostles, the fulness of the gospel was taken from the earth because of widespread apostasy. Men changed His Church. It has been re-established. Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, our Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ restored the fulness of the gospel. The true Church of Jesus Christ is on the earth again. Because of the Restoration, the teachings and ordinances necessary for salvation are available to all people. We claim to be the re-established original Christian Church. We claim the Book of Mormon to be another witness of Jesus Christ.
When I talk about being a Latter-day Saint, or a so called “Mormon” and share scriptures from The Book of Mormon, many friends have said to me, “We have a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.” They only want to hear scriptures from the Bible for the “Word of God”.
I believe the Bible, too. My Mother was a theologian and at a young age, all of us Brothers and Marie were taught about ALL religions and how Jesus organized His church. She showed us that men changed it! ( See 1 Nephi 13:34) It has been re-established, and we claim to be the re-established original Christain Church.
As a young boy in 1820, Joseph Smith wanted to know which church was true. As he searched the Bible for help, he read that he should ask of God. Acting on this counsel, Joseph went into the woods near his home and prayed. Suddenly, a light shone above him and Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. When Joseph asked which church he should join, the Savior told him to join none of the churches then in existence because they were teaching incorrect doctrines. Through this experience and many others that followed, the Lord chose Joseph to be His prophet and to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church to the earth.
As Joseph Smith proved his worthiness, he was given a divine mission as a prophet of God. Through him, the Lord accomplished a great and marvelous work that included bringing forth the Book of Mormon, restoring the priesthood, revealing precious gospel truths, organizing the true Church of Jesus Christ, and establishing temple work. On June 27, 1844, Joseph and his brother Hyrum were killed in an attack by an armed mob. They sealed their testimonies with their blood.
I choose to know as much as I can about Jesus and ALL that He has said
! The Book of Mormon is a record of God’s dealings with the people who lived in the ancient Americas. Prophets of the Lord engraved the original records on gold plates. On September 22, 1827, an angel named Moroni—the last Book of Mormon prophet—delivered these records to the Prophet Joseph Smith. By the gift and power of God, the Prophet Joseph translated the record into English. It records that Jesus visited the people on the American continent after He was crucified and before He ascended into heaven.
The Book of Mormon is another witness for the truths that are also taught in the Bible. It also restores “plain and precious” truths that have been lost from the Bible through errors in translation or “taken away” in attempts to “pervert the right ways of the Lord” (see 1 Nephi 13:24–27, 1 Nephi 13:38–41). The Bible and the Book of Mormon “shall grow together, unto the confounding of false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing peace” (2 Nephi 3:12). Isn’t that what this world needs most?
Before this world
, we lived in the “spirit world
” as spirit children of God. As part of “God’s Plan of Life”, we would choose to follow Jesus
who would “show us “the way
” to get back to our Heavenly Parents. Satan stepped up and said he would make sure we all did what we were supposed to do and that not one soul would be lost. He also wanted all the glory for doing it. One third of the spirits in heaven followed Satan
and were cast out and denied the opportunity of having a body. We chose Jesus’s way
and would be able to be born to earthly parents to gain a body of flesh and bones, just as our Eternal parents.
Because we chose Jesus’s plan of life in our pre-existence. we were blessed to come to earth, get a body, and learn truth, be tested, and to choose “The Way” of life we desire to live. We would learn both good and evil and hopefully ‘Seek the Lord’, find Him, embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ, the redeemer of us all, and keep His commandments! We would grow, learn, fall in love, get married and and make good choices or not; to righteously use God’s creative powers which HE gave us, and to do as commanded and to multiply and replentish the earth. Those children which would come to that father and mother would then become a family.” The choices we make in this life will affect where we go in the mansions of heaven.
I am most grateful to my ancestors who were NOT LDS (“Mormons”) but were religious and went to various other Churches. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had NOT yet been restored until the 1830’s!
Statue of Saint Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, in Salisbury Cathedral, Wilshire, England.
Whatever TRUTHS you have gained, build upon them and receive further Truth and Light or knowledge! The glory of God is intelligence. I personally want to know any and ALL of Christ words besides those from the old world with the Bible and also found in the Book of Mormon, another witness that Jesus is the Christ!
Jesus visited the America‘s and showed them His scarred hands and and feet and told them that He was also their Savior. His words were recorded on gold plates commanded by the Lord as was the recorders of the Bible. Jesus said, “And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said: “Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd“. (3 Nephi 15:21)
Yes, Jesus and his Apostles were killed but Jesus’s Church, The Church of Jesus Christ with the fullness of Priesthood Powers and KEYS of authority, to seal in Heaven as well as on earth have once again been restored in these latter-days with a living Prophet to communicate with the Lord!
I made a promise to myself and to my Heavenly Father and Jesus, that after I had studied the Bible, and had read the Book of Mormon and other scriptures and and received an answer to my prayers, that when I KNOW them to be true, I would be an ambassador and follower of Jesus and help proclaim His word to all the earth. Yes, I was converted, baptized, received the Holy Ghost by those in authority and I will share my message and convictions with everyone that I can! I love being a part of the Lord’s work; “for I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ”!
Friends, Family, Fans, and Neighbors, you are FREE to choose for yourselves what you want to believe! That right is what we fought for in the ‘War in Heaven’ in our pre-existence life as Spirit Children and we are still fighting for that freedom today!
I cannot deny that which I know in my heart to be true! I spend as much time as I can now, though disabled, in doing temple work in ‘The House of The Lord’ for those kindred dead, children, and others who didn’t have the chance to hear these truths here on earth. They who have NOT yet heard, are being taught these same truths in the Spirit World in Heaven as we speak! Just like you, they will have the opportunity to hear Jesus’s words and to choose “THE WAY” of Eternal Life! (or NOT)
I am a convert, a child of God, and I am so blessed to have been born of goodly parents who taught me to walk in the paths of righteousness! Even though my parents have died (as we all will) their Spirit Bodies never die and they have gone to Heaven where we all will eventually go. We all will be judged for our works, resurrected, and regain our bodies to again live eternally, because of Jesus! I have a beautiful wife and eight (8) sons with 19+ grandchildren. Our church has nothing to do with Polygamy. It was discontinued in 1890. Some groups who broke away from our church still practice it. WE HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM! If I wanted to be quickly excommunicated from my church, I would practice Polygamy.
I know that I will be with my parents again and with my family forever! I testify of that because Elijah also came back in 1836 and gave the powers of “turning the hearts to the children to the fathers, and I have been sealed in a temple to my parents and family to live together for all eternity!
Just like me, that choice is up to YOU
” you wish to live!
Make sure you have knowledge and are taught about your life before this world. Be sure you are Baptized with one having authority and receive the Gift of The Holy Ghost. Make sure you keep the commandments and marry not just till “Death do you part” but, for Eternity in the House of The Lord and have your children sealed to you for Eternity. That’s forever!
Also, help those of your past relatives by doing their baptisms for the dead and other ordinances that Elijah the Prophet prophesied of “turning the hearts of the Children to their Fathers to the Fathers and the Children”. Elijah gave those “keys‘ in the 1800′s to Joseph Smith. Now, they who may have never heard about the gospel have the opportunity to accept them in Heaven, or not, and be saved.
I love you all my brothers and sisters, even as Jesus loves us! We are children of God. I will continue to share and answer any questions that I can.
Thomas S. Monson
is our living Prophet today
! I follow him!
I am a friend, a Husband and Father, a Grandfather, an Entertainer and Publisher of ‘Peace and Truth’, and a Missionary. This is my page and it is my desire to continue to share TRUTH with you! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO AGREE WITH ME BUT, “I have spoken openly and honestly and I feel that YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD”!
Please read the Book of Mormon, “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”.
You can get FREE MEDIA and a FREE Book of Mormon, here: http://mormon.org
(also to ask questions and to learn MORE!)
MAY HEVENLY FATHER AND HIS SON JESUS CHRIST AND THE HOLY GHOST BLESS US ALL,
By Alan on Feb 11 in Blog tagged Billion, foundation, Hearing, heart, Justin, Lord, Mary, Merrill, miracle, Network, Osmond, Perpetual, Starkey, strong, test, testimony, weak | Comments Off
This is the name of a new book written by Justin Osmond.
Justin Alan Osmond, is the son of Merrill and Mary Osmond. When Justin was born, he also took on a “TEST”, that his two uncles, Virl and Tom Osmond had in being hearing impaired, or deaf.
Justin’s Grandmother, Olive Osmond, had worked very hard with her two oldest sons and had a school room built in the attick of her home so that she could work with them daily and help them learn to communicate in a “hearing world” even though they were deaf! Yes, they knew sign language but were encouraged to “lip read” and to be mainstreamed in the world as much as possible.
Olive started The Osmond Foundation to help hearing impaired children which later became better known as The Children’s Miracle Network. It has raised over 4 Billion dollars for all sick children in children’s hospitals.
Justin says, “My family is my pride and joy and I would be nothing without them. I’m very grateful for my parents and all they’ve done for me. I would not be who I am today had it not been for their unconditional love. My mother would wake me up every morning at 6:00 am and work with me for countless hours on my speech therapy. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t thank my mother for all she’s done for me. She reminds me of a quote by Strickland Gillian, “You may have tangible wealth untold, caskets of jewels, and coffins of gold, but richer than I you can never be… I had a mother who read to me.”
I’m also truly grateful for my dad despite his worldly fame and success; he remains a man of humility. I’ll be forever grateful for his example of integrity, love, and inspiration for us all. The same is true with Justin as his father Merrill Osmond and his mother Mary did not favor his handicap but encouraged Justin to seek higher learning and to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Prov. 3: 5
Justin is now a very accomplished businessman and travels around the world helping others who are deaf and hearing impaired! He has worked with Bill Austin and “Starkey Hearing Foundation” for several years and has now launched his on company to benefit “The Olive Osmond Perpetual Hearing Fund” dedicated to continuing the work for the deaf that his Grandmother started.
Justin’s slogan is:
“I love how life is simply wonderful, yet wonderfully simple. Despite the challenges that come our way.
I’ve learned to enjoy the simplicity and happiness
that life has to offer.”
Justin has learned to “listen” with his Heart!
Scriptures has taught him, “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. Ether 12:27
Isaiah 42:18 teaches: “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.” How can Justin hear with his heart? The Lord has said, “Hearken, O ye people, and open yur hearts and give ear from afar, and listen you that call yourselves the people of the Lord, and hear the word of the Lord and his will concerning you.
How can Justin hear with his heart? The Lord has said, Hearken, O ye people, and open your hearts and give ear from afar, and listen, you that call yourselves the people of the Lord, and hear the word of the Lord and his will concerning you. D&C 63:1
Justin heard the word and left home and served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England for two years! This scripture also reminded him to, “Hearken, O ye people of my church, and ye elders listen together, and hear my voice while it is called today, and harden not your hearts; D&C 45:6
Justin learned to, “Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Lord, your God, and your Redeemer, whose word is quick and powerful. D&C 27:1
Mark 7:37 taught Justin about miracles, “…He hath done all things well; he maketh bothe the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.” even if it is “through his heart!”
Justin’s “TEST” has NOW become his “TESTimony!”
A percentage of the proceeds will be going to help deaf children in Ethiopia with the Gift of Better Hearing.
Justin loves to give. He hopes you do, too!
His philosophy is, “By giving our time, efforts, and even our money we not only build up our own individual lives, but the lives of others.”
“I May Have A Hearing Loss, But
That Hearing Loss Does NOT Have Me!”
By Alan on Feb 03 in Blog tagged Alan Osmond, chased, chaste, chastity, choices, clean, commitment, happiness, home, in the world, Jesus, Joy Lundberg, LDS, marriage, morals, of the world, Satan, sex, sexual purity, temple, testimony, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the way, trust | 5 Comments
.Either way, as a person… you are being sought after!
“We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
Are you “In the world but NOT OF the world”. OR Are you “IN and OF the world.”
That is your choice!
Those who are chaste are morally clean in their thoughts, words, and actions. Chastity means not having any sexual relations before marriage. It also means complete fidelity to husband or wife during marriage. Chastity is sexual purity.
In the world today, Satan has led many people to believe that sexual intimacy outside of marriage is acceptable. But in God’s sight, it is a serious sin. It is an abuse of the power He has given us to create life. The prophet Alma taught that sexual sins are more serious than any other sins except murder and denying the Holy Ghost (Alma 39: 3-5).
Sometimes people try to convince themselves that sexual relations outside of marriage are acceptable if the participants love one another. This is not true. Breaking the law of chastity and encouraging someone else to do so is not an expression of love. People who love each other will never endanger one another’s happiness and safety in exchange for temporary personal pleasure.
When people care for one another enough to keep the law of chastity, their love, trust, and commitment increase, resulting in greater happiness and unity. In contrast, relationships built on sexual immorality sour quickly. Those who engage in sexual immorality often feel fear, guilt, and shame. Bitterness, jealousy, and hatred soon replace any positive feelings that once existed in their relationship.
In this life, we are given the power to choose The Way that we wish to live our lives and in whom we wish to follow.
Scriptures teach us that there are two ways you can choose. ”Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life. 2 Ne. 10: 23
“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your is the of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your . For ye are with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
“Use , but not overbearance; and also see that ye all your passions, that ye may be filled with love; see that ye refrain from idleness. Alma 38:12
“Behold, it is written by them of old time, that thou shalt not commit ; But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman, to after her, hath committed adultery already in his heart. Behold, I give unto you a commandment, that ye suffer of these things to enter into your ; For it is better that ye should deny yourselves of these things, wherein ye will take up your , than that ye should be cast into hell.” 3 Nephi 12:27-30
Strong words, but with very little confusion as to what we are to do and not to do!
It is important for you to date and find that special someone that you trust with all your heart who will marry you and take care of you in sickness and health and also forever! The only way to be married forever is to do it in The House of The Lord. These are Holy Temples, where a couple can be married not only for time, but also for all eternity. Plus, by keeping God’s commandment to ‘multiply and replenish the earth’, those children that you bear will all be sealed to you as husband and wife. This is ‘The Way’ that lasts forever and the only way for you to become like your Heavenly Parents and live forever with eternal offspring. Otherwise, it is sin, and you will be judged for your evil works.
If you have make some mistakes already in your life and wish to get rid of those sins, then Jesus is the ‘Only Way’ to be forgiven. He died for us knowing that we would make mistakes and need forgiveness. Let Him be your Savior and accept His sacrifice. Don’t let His offer be wasted in your behalf. Accept Him with Faith and Repentance and be Baptized to wash away those sins and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost to help lead you through this trying world, especially in these last days, that you might have ‘clean hands and a pure heart’ to receive Jesus Christ as He is coming back again!
Parents, one look at the world today is enough to provide convincing evidence that we must give high priority to teaching our children moral purity. In the past, we could count on society to give us a helping hand, but no more. In fact, society—as an examination of some of the media could lead us to believe—has, in general, defected to the enemy, hailing immorality as an acceptable and inviting life-style.
Beyond that facade, however, there are millions of parents trying to combat the evil around us. Certainly we in the Church should understand the responsibility parents have to resist immorality and to teach the wrongness of it.
Teach with openness and warmth. We need to be the first to teach our sons and daughters the basics about sexuality, for the first information can have the greatest impact. Carefully and prayerfully, we must plan how we will teach them the basic sexual functions of their bodies, recognizing that this instruction is not just a one-time event. The need for more information grows as the child grows. We must be there to answer questions, unembarrassed and spiritually guided. Children need to know that their bodies are sacred, created by a loving Heavenly Father, and that it is their divine responsibility to protect and never defile their procreative functions.
Teach the doctrine of the Church regarding morality. Our Church leaders have provided us with a clear definition of what the Lord expects of us regarding sexual purity. “The Lord specifically forbids certain behaviors, including all sexual relations before marriage, petting, sex perversion (such as homosexuality, rape, and incest), masturbation, or preoccupation with sex in thought, speech, or action.” We must be sure our children understand the meaning of these words in the context of the gospel; if not, someone else, without the Spirit, may lead them into unrighteousness.
“In the category of crimes, only murder and denying the Holy Ghost come ahead of illicit sexual relations, which we call fornication when it involves an unmarried person, or the graver sin of adultery when it involves one who is married. … In the eyes of God, chastity will never be out of date.”
Our children need to have a clear understanding that “it is not pleasing to the Lord to sow one’s wild oats, to engage in sexual transgression of any nature, and then expect that planned confession and quick repentance will satisfy the Lord.” Ezra Taft Benson
Teach children how to make wise choices. They need to understand that their sexual feelings are natural and God-given, and that they do have the power to control them. We must help them comprehend the blessing of their great gift of agency. “Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.” (2 Ne. 10:23.)
Who would choose everlasting death over eternal life? Perhaps only those who are not experienced in the art of choosing. According to a bishop in Texas, “many parents aren’t allowing their children to make even simple decisions on their own. How can they make choices with eternal consequences if they aren’t allowed to choose their own clothes, hairstyles, hobbies, etc.?” Parents need to guide youth in making some choices more than others. But children can learn to choose appropriate friends, music, movies, and other activities if we lovingly help them consider the effects these choices can have on their morality.
Help build strong testimonies of the gospel. Over and over, young men and women have told me that the single most important factor in their choosing sexual purity was their testimony of Jesus Christ.
Create a happy environment at home. We need to enjoy life around home. One father of teenagers said, “Having fun with our children has been a key to helping them choose morality. My wife and I emphasize that it’s fun to be good.” Then they try to prove it. “We work at having fun, and it’s paying off.”
For The Family