Mother & Fathers as Equal Partners
By Alan on Jan 09 in Blog tagged baptism, commandments, emotional, equal partners, faith, Fathers, gift of the Holy Ghost, gospel, heads of the parents, intellectual, Lord, mothers, obey, obligated, parenthood, physical, repentance, responsibilities, sacred responsibilities, sin, spiiritual, teach children, The Family, work together | Comments Off on Mother & Fathers as Equal Partners
Mother & Fathers as Equal Partners
In the sacred responsibilities of parenthood, ‘fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”)
They should work together to provide for the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs of the family. Some responsibilities must be shared by the husband and the wife. Parents should teach their children the gospel. The Lord warned that if parents do not teach their children about faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, the sin will be upon the heads of the parents. Parents should also teach their children to pray and to obey the Lord’s commandments. (See D&C 68:25, 28.)
One of the best ways parents can teach their children is by example.
Husbands and wives should show love and respect for each other and for their children by both actions and word. It is important to remember that each member of the family is a child of God. Parents should treat their children with love and respect, being firm but kind to them.
Parents should understand that sometimes children will make wrong choices even after they have been taught the truth. When this happens, parents should not give up. They should continue to teach their children, to express love for them, to be good examples to them, and to fast and pray for them.
The Book of Mormon tells us how the prayers of a father helped a rebellious son return to the ways of the Lord. Alma the Younger had fallen away from the teachings of his righteous father, Alma, and had gone about seeking to destroy the Church. The Father prayed with faith for his son. Alma the Younger was visited by an angel and repented of his evil way of living. He became a great leader of the Church! (See Mosiah 27:8–32.)
To preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.
He should guide his family with humility and kindness rather than with force or cruelty; to lead others by persuasion, gentleness, love, and kindness. (See D&C 121:41–44; Ephesians 6:4)
When a man holds the Melchizedek Priesthood, he can share these blessings by administering to the sick and giving special priesthood blessings.
He should set a good example for his family by keeping the commandments.
He should make sure the family prays together twice daily and holds family home evening.
The Father should spend time with each child individually. and teach his children correct principles, talk with them about their problems and concerns and counsel them lovingly.
A father’s duty is to provide for the physical needs of his family, making sure they have the necessary food, housing, clothing and education. Even if he is unable to provide all the support himself, he does not give up the responsibility of the care of his family!
Motherhood is the noblest calling. It is a sacred calling, a partnership with God in bringing His spirit children into the world. Bearing children is one of the greatest of all blessings. If there is no father in the home, the mother presides over the family.
President Boyd K. Packer praised women who were unable to have children of their own yet sought to care for others or have fostered children born to others. He said, “that they have ‘mothered the children’ of others”.
Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.
A mother needs to spend time with her children and teach them the gospel. She should play and work with them so they can discover the world around them. She also needs to help her family know how to make the home a pleasant place to be. If she is warm and loving, she helps her children feel good about themselves.
The Book of Mormon describes a group of 2,000 young men who rose to greatness because of the teachings of their mothers. (see Alma 53:16–23) (When they went into battle agains their enemies, they had learned to be honest, brave, and trustworthy from their mothers. Their mothers also taught them that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. See Alma 56:47) They all survived the battle. They expressed faith in the teachings of their mothers, saying, “We do not doubt our mothers knew it.” (Alma 56:48)
Every mother who has a testimony can have a profound effect on her children.
Children share with their parents the responsibilities of building a happy home. They should obey the commandments and cooperate with other family members.
The Lord is not pleased when children quarrel. (see Mosiah 4:14).
The Lord has commanded children to honor their parents. (To honor and respectand obey them.) “Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land”. (Exodus 20:12)
Children should learn to work and to share responsibilities in the home and yard. They should be given assignments to keep the house neat and clean.
Work Is An Eternal Principle
By Alan on May 20 in Blog tagged a blessing, attitude, balance, blessings of work, children should learn to work, commanded to work, created the earth, enjoy work, God condemns Idleness, god's work and glory, help others, honest work, lazy, no work on Sunday, privilege to work, provide for family, work in heaven to do, Work is an eternal principle, work together | 1 Comment on Work Is An Eternal Principle
Work Is an Eternal Principle
Ever since I was a young boy, my Father had me and my brothers working on the farm. I milked a cow twice a day, I helped feed and gather the chicken eggs and the fruit from the orchard. I weeded the garden and hoed sugar beets most summer mornings. I carried a bass violin a half a mile to school and then went to the Post Office to help stamp and fulfill the shipping of packages for my Father. I’d walk home and start the chores once again by milking old Betsy. I had to rehearse with my brothers and make sure my portion of the bedroom/dormitory was clean and neat. If I had any extra time, I’d go upstairs to our schoolroom and read and do hobbies with my chemistry set, microscope, or erector sets.
Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have shown us by Their examples and teachings that work is important in heaven and on earth. God worked to create the heavens and the earth. He caused the seas to gather in one place and the dry land to appear. He caused grass, herbs, and trees to grow on the land. He created the sun, the moon, and the stars. He created every living thing in the sea or on the land. Then He placed Adam and Eve on the earth to take care of it and to have dominion over all living things. (See Genesis 1:1–28.)
Jesus said, “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:17).
He also said, “I must work the works of him that sent me” (John 9:4).
We Are Commanded to Work
Work has been the way of life on earth since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden. The Lord said to Adam, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” (Genesis 3:19). Adam and Eve worked in the fields so they could provide for their own needs and the needs of their children (seeMoses 5:1).
The Lord said to the people of Israel, “Six days shalt thou labour” (Exodus 20:9).
A prophet of God has said, “Work is to be reenthroned as the ruling principle of the lives of our Church membership.” (Heber J. Grant)
Parents work together to provide for the physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of their family. They should never expect anyone to take care of this responsibility for them. The Apostle Paul wrote, “If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith” (1 Timothy 5:8).
Couples should seek inspiration from the Lord and follow the counsel of the prophets when establishing individual responsibilities. Creating a home where principles of the gospel are taught daily and where love and order abound is as important as providing the basic necessities of food and clothing.
Children should do their part in the work of the family.
It is necessary for children to have work assignments to fit their abilities.
They need to be praised for their successes. Good work attitudes, habits, and skills are learned through successful experiences in the home.
Sometimes people encounter hardships when trying to provide for their families. Chronic illness, the loss of a spouse, or the addition of an elderly parent can add to the responsibilities in a home. Our Heavenly Father remembers the families in these situations and gives them the strength to carry out their duties. He will always bless them if they ask Him in faith.
We Can Enjoy Our Work
To some people work is a drudgery. To others it is an exciting part of life. One way to enjoy life’s fullest benefits is to learn to love work.
Not all of us can choose the kind of work we do. Some of us labor for long hours for the bare necessities. It is difficult to enjoy such work. Yet the happiest people have learned to enjoy their work, whatever it is.
We can help one another in our work. The heaviest load becomes lighter when someone shares it.
Our attitude toward work is very important.
The following story shows how one man saw beyond his daily labor. A traveler passed a stone quarry and saw three men working. He asked each man what he was doing. Each man’s answer revealed a different attitude toward the same job. “I am cutting stone,” the first man answered. The second replied, “I am earning three gold pieces per day.” The third man smiled and said, “I am helping to build a house of God.”
In any honest work we can serve God. King Benjamin, a Nephite prophet, said, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17). If our work provides only enough for necessities for ourselves or our families, we are still helping some of God’s children.
God Condemns Idleness
The Lord is not pleased with those who are lazy or idle. He said, “The idler shall not have place in the church, except he repent and mend his ways” (D&C 75:29). He also commanded, “Thou shalt not be idle; for he that is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer” (D&C 42:42).
As far as they are able, families should accept the responsibility to care for their relatives who are unable to provide for themselves.
Work, Recreation, and Rest
We should each find the proper balance between work, recreation, and rest. There is an old saying: “Doing nothing is the hardest work of all, because one can never stop to rest.” Without work, rest and relaxation have no meaning.
Not only is it pleasant and necessary to rest, but we are commanded to rest on the Sabbath day (see Exodus 20:10; D&C 59:9–12). This day of rest after each six days of labor brings refreshment for the days that follow. The Lord also promises the “fulness of the earth” to those who observe the Sabbath day (see D&C 59:16–20)
On other days of the week, in addition to working, we may spend time to improve our talents and enjoy our hobbies, recreation, or other activities that will refresh us.
The Blessings of Work
God revealed to Adam, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” (Genesis 3:19). In addition to being a temporal law, this was a law for the salvation of Adam’s soul. There is no real division between spiritual, mental, and physical work. Work is essential to each of us for growth, character development, and many satisfactions that the idle never know.
A Prophet of the Lord, President David O. McKay said, “Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that the power to work is a blessing, that the love of work is success”.
“Men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25).
Work is a key to full joy in the plan of God. If we are righteous, we will return to live with our Heavenly Father, and we will have work to do. As we become like Him, our work will become like His work. His work is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17: 3
LESS WORDS AND MORE ACTION TO SAVE THE COUNTRY!
By Alan on Oct 25 in Blog tagged communists, courage, destroy Capitalism, gift, Glenn Beck, He tells us, islamists, it is right, it's coming soon, less words, more action, no fear, one body, one entrepreneur, one family, One Heart, One Mind, one person, one town, Only God, radicals, revolutionaries, save the country, save us, SOCIALISTS, spiritually strong, The Family, the truth, unknown, Western way of life, work together | Comments Off on LESS WORDS AND MORE ACTION TO SAVE THE COUNTRY!
“Radicals, Communists, Socialists, Revolutionaries, and Islamists, will work together to destroy Capitalism and the Western Way of Life.”
It’s only GOD,
and our STRICT adherence to what
He tells us to do,
That is going to SAVE US!
It will NOT save the collapse of the system,
But it will SAVE US!
Courage is not a virtue . . .
It is the testing point of all other virtues.
I beg you to NOT have FEAR.
It is normal to be afraid. It is normal to be afraid of the unknown, to be afraid of something devastating, and fear is a gift. However, paralyzing fear does NOT come from God. You’re going to be asked to do things! And I know, because I have; to do things that you don’t really understand. . . things that you know aren’t right but, you know when you pray on it that IT IS RIGHT!
Have no FEAR. Prepare NOW. Too much TALK and not enough ACTION!
Get yourself IN SHAPE. Get yourself strong SPIRITUALLY. Get YOURSELF prepared and YOUR FAMILY prepared because . . . !
LESS WORDS, MORE ACTION! EXACTLY LIKE THAT!
IT’S COMING SOON!
“THE TRUTH LIVES HERE.”
SAVING THE COUNTRY
AT A TIME.”
“O, my beloved brethren, give ear to my words. Remember the greatness of the Holy One of Israel. Do not say that I have spoken hard things against you; for if ye do, ye will revile against the truth; for I have spoken the words of your Maker. I know that the words of truth are hard against all uncleanness; but the righteous fear them not, for they love the truth and are not shaken.” 2 Ne. 9: 40
A friend and believer,