GCBC Week 7: Mothers Teaching Children in the Home

General Conference Book Club Week 7:

Elder Perry testifies of the mother’s crucial role in raising up children to the Lord, and he gives several different examples of things his mother did that helped him to learn throughout his life.
I believe it is by divine design that the role of motherhood emphasizes the nurturing and teaching of the next generation . . .
Teaching in the home is becoming increasingly important in today’s world, where the influence of the adversary is so widespread and he is attacking, attempting to erode and destroy the very foundation of our society, even the family. Parents must resolve that teaching in the home is a most sacred and important responsibility.
What inspires you in this talk?  What are you motivated to do by studying it?

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11 thoughts on “GCBC Week 7: Mothers Teaching Children in the Home

  1. This is the first time I’ve commented on a book club post, but I almost felt like I had to with this one! I chose this talk as my Visiting Teaching message this month. I visit three mothers with young children. I am a mother with a young child. And my companion is a mother with EIGHT young children! And we all stay at home with our kids. This talk was nice to have a reminder that teaching and nurturing our children is a divine responsibility (are divine responsibilities?? I always group them into one thing!) given to women. I found it especially interesting that school and church classes are to “assist” a mother in teaching her children. I had never looked at those teaching institutions as only supplements to my own teaching! And we need to do it all line upon line…for the good of the whole world! Love this quote, “Parents must bring light and truth into their homes by one family prayer, one scripture study session, one family home evening, one book read aloud, one song, and one family meal at a time. They know that the influence of righteous, conscientious, persistent, daily parenting is among the most powerful and sustaining forces for good in the world. The health of any society, the happiness of its people, their prosperity, and their peace all find common roots in the teaching of children in the home.”

  2. I don’t know if its just me but everything that I am seeing happens to be about teaching our children. I am a third grade school teacher and see so many children, even at that age, who are not taught by their parents and it makes me glad that I have the church that is supporting me and knowing that it is the words of a prophet makes it even more important in these times(as a school teacher I know that was a run on sentence). Our families are obviously being attacked in these days and it will be us mothers that will be the leading the battle. Whose talk in Women’s Conference was it that had the dream where darkness was trying to get the children and she woke up screaming, “Run to Your Mothers!”? Anyways, she said she couldn’t distract the darkness from the children. I imagine that it is only the love and protective arms of a mother that these children will find security.
    This talk just reconfirmed what I have been hearing lately and wish that I could be half the teacher that Elder Perry’s mother was. It is definetely one of my new goals.

  3. What a great idea! I’d like to know the html so I can add the button to my sidebar.

    I’m not ready to comment yet on the talk. It’s something I will ponder and blog about.

    Thank you for commenting on my post on Segullah.

  4. What a great reminder of our responsibilities and privileges as mothers. What a privilege it is to be entrusted with our Heavenly Father’s children and given the responsibility to bring them up in light and truth. I loved this talk and have already taken so many things from it, I love the thought “Parents must bring light and truth into their homes by one family prayer, one scripture study session, one family home evening, one read aloud book, one song, and one family meal at a time.” As we strive to do all these things we invite the spirit to enter into our homes and our home begin to be a little bit of “heaven on earth”

  5. I really enjoyed this talk at conference when it was given. (It was one of the few I got to halfway listen to). I love the example Elder Perry gave of his mother. I am sure it wasn’t always easy for her, but she was diligent in her studies and in teaching what she learned. I find myself struggling with being diligent in my learning. All too often it easier to keep the table cleared of ‘my things’ so they don’t get scattered or smudged. I need to change that. It is important for our children to see us learning. It is important for us to teach them. It is not someone else’s job to teach our kids. Having young kids I am realizing that things don’t just come naturally. That they need to be taught things like how to be a good friend.

    I was very grateful for this talk. It was one that I needed and helped give me confidence in what I am trying to do even though some days are not the best and I can improve a lot, it was a wonderful talk to hear.

  6. I just picked and delivered this message for VT this month. I wasn’t able to listen to it at conference, but LOVED IT.

    I need to be more of an example to my kids and find little teaching moments, instead of yelling moments.

  7. I love his point that the reason that the church emphasizes teaching is not so much to improve teaching at church as it is to improve teaching at home. I have to say that my stint as a Primary teacher forced me to learn how to teach at a level I had not previously experienced (or wanted), but I’m so grateful for how I can now use those skills in teaching my own children the gospel.

  8. I LOVED this talk. Who can doubt how vitally important a mother’s role is in teaching her children?

    Here are some of my favorite portions of his talk (italics) with my own thoughts after each.

    “Teaching in the home is becoming increasingly important in today’s world, where the influence of the adversary is so widespread and he is attacking, attempting to erode and destroy the very foundation of our society, even the family. Parents must resolve that teaching in the home is a most sacred and important responsibility. While other institutions, such as church and school, can assist parents to “train up a child in the way he [or she] should go” (Proverbs 22:6), ultimately this responsibility rests with parents.”

    Teachers at church and school are there to fill in the gaps. They are not there to take over our parental responsibilities.

    “Parents must bring light and truth into their homes by one family prayer, one scripture study session, one family home evening, one book read aloud, one song, and one family meal at a time. They know that the influence of righteous, conscientious, persistent, daily parenting is among the most powerful and sustaining forces for good in the world. The health of any society, the happiness of its people, their prosperity, and their peace all find common roots in the teaching of children in the home.”

    When I begin to feel overwhelmed by my responsibility as a mother I like this reminder that it is through one thing at a time, or line upon line, or small and simple things, that will help my children most.

    “Teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in the home adds another layer of insulation to protect our children from worldly influences.”

    With all the worldly influences Satan has whirling around us we need all the help and protection we can get!

    Like Jeanetta I was listening to this talk through my “homeschool filter” 😀 so found many reassurances for the choices we have made for our family.

  9. I don’t know how I have managed to fall so far behind, once again. I’m determined to get caught up and stay there.

    What a powerful talk this is. Elder Perry shares so much and his testimony of the importance of mother’s work shines through in his words.

    My favorite quote was the one about how we do our teaching and nurturing one meal, one FHE, one prayer, one story, one song at a time. I’m going to copy that down and post it on the fridge. There are so many times a day that I forget this and get overwhelmed, but it’s those small things that add up to big teaching.

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