“Stay on the Path”
Sister Rosemary M. Wixom
Primary General President
Saturday Morning Session
Sister Wixom’s talk is a great reminder about the sacred responsibility that parents have to anchor themselves and their children on the path of righteousness. She uses several different phrases that highlight both the urgency and the purpose of spiritual parental guidance.
“If they understand the Plan, and who they are, they will not fear. … We begin to make the plan known to our children when we hold tight to the iron rod ourselves.”
“The world will teach our children if we do not.”
“When we are intentional about holding them and teaching them of Heavenly Father’s plan through prayer and scriptures, they will come to know where they came from, why they are here, and where they are going.”
I was struck by how important it is to be purposeful in our parenting, to take the seemingly meaningless experiences of the day and let them point children toward a better understanding of gospel truths and their own important role in God’s plan. Her message reminded me of several previous talks about intentional parenting that have inspired me as well. Perhaps you may want to read some of these this week to enhance your study of Sister Wixom’s talk:
A Prayer for the Children by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
More Diligent and Concerned at Home by Elder David A. Bednar
Watching with All Perseverance by Elder David A. Bednar
Nourishing and Protecting the Family by Sister Julie B. Beck (link to download and print talk)
How about you? What are your favorite moments or quotes from Sister Wixom’s talk? Is there anything you learned here that you had not considered before? What stood out to you as you studied it? And, most importantly, what did it make you feel or want to do?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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