General Conference Book Club Week 6:
This talk gives some fantastic tips and reminders about our responsibility to train up our children in righteousness and to instill in them a “staying power” that they will need.
“I speak today of young people already within His true Church and so are started on the strait and narrow way to return to their heavenly home. He wants them to gain early the spiritual strength to stay on the path. And He needs our help to get them back to the path quickly should they begin to wander.”
What stands out to you as you study this talk? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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4 thoughts on “GCBC Week 6: Help Them on Their Way Home”
I was interested in his comments about Primary teachers, as that is my current calling. I’ll admit that I’m not one of those people who easily loves other people’s children, so this calling can be a challenge for me. Pres. Eyring’s words make me wonder if there were specific children I was called to help.
Wow, Jan, looks like it’s just you and me this week. 🙂 I work with youth in my current calling and I’m surprised how many youth lack the confidence that they are (like Pres. Eyring said) “on the path home to God and that they can make it.” I love his advice to teach them to rely on the Spirit and to show confidence in them. And this part:
… we need to exemplify in our own lives the steady and prolonged faithfulness that the Lord expects of them.
This is my greatest challenge with my own kids, consistently being myself what I ask them to be (and do). My commitment will be my greatest teaching tool.
In preparation of choosing this week’s hymns for RS, I listened to this talk on my cool new phone with an app called “Mormon Channel.” After sticking the ear pieces in, I washed out my 14 month’s diarrhea from her onesie, cleaned up the nice pile of poop my two-year-old thought it would be okay to leave on our new grass outside, washed out our kitchen garbage can and did the dishes while I listened (I got through it 1.5 times). I didn’t have any pockets so it was kinda embarrassing when I had to take my phone out of the front of my bra to push pause in front of the salesman that came to the door.
As I listened, I felt such a strong responsibility to rear up my children in righteousness. I also had a strong desire to call my husband to this duty. He never slacks on his responsibilities but he also doesn’t take on very much. I think that is why he’s decided that he doesn’t know if the church is true or not. That way he doesn’t have any religious responsibilities. So I have been rearing the children alone in spiritual matters, although he is supportive. When there are priesthood responsibilities, I have to have one of the grandpas come help us.
Even though the thought I had to call my husband to remember this duty was a righteous desire, I have not been able to come up with a peaceable way to communicate that to him. It’s not that he’s not easy to talk to, he really is easy, but any approach I thought out in my head seems so manipulative–like I was trying to make him believe. But I know we each have our own free agency and that I’m only responsible for my own salvatiom. I wish I could remind him of just what jeopardy he is putting on our children. Last week my son asked me why he had to go to church when dad didn’t (he actually does go with us to be supportive of the family when it’s convienent).
Since I couldn’t figure out how to say anything to him, I just had us all watch this talk for FHE (we had it two days late this week because I haven’t put that Monday night reminder in yet into my new phone. Yes, even though we have FHE all together every week, with 4 little ones climbing on me constantly, I need an alarm to tell me that it’s Monday again).
Well, I’ve been so caught up in these thoughts, I still haven’t chosen the hymns for RS (the lesson is on this talk). Any ideas?
I had to hurry and make a decision on the songs so I could let the pianist know. As the Music Director I choose which hymns we sing each week and have them go along with the lesson (the lesson being on this talk). There is no practice hymn since it’s Fast Sunday (a week early due to General Conference). I choose for the opening song: hymn # 307 “In Our Lovely Deseret” and for closing, hymn # 304 “Teach Me to Walk in the Light.” I think that opening song will be interesting. I have never sang it before. So I’ll have to learn it well this week so I can belt it out so the other ladies can hear and feel more confident. It won’t be hard since Relief Society isn’t highly attended in my ward. Perhaps due to the large primary.