As the Church begins to make the shift towards home-centered gospel learning, it’s humbling to know that the responsibility of nurturing in the family has been given to the sisters. In his address during the General Women’s Session, President Eyring shed new light and meaning on the truths already established in The Family Proclamation:
“In the proclamation, He gave sisters charge to be the principal gospel educators in the family in these words: ‘Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.’ This includes the nurture of gospel truths.”
When there is so much to know, learn, and teach, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin, but there is beauty in simplicity. And there is comfort in relying on the basics as our starting point.
By Small and Simple Things
President Eyring teaches that, "your prayer of faith will be your key to success." Our Heavenly Father knows each of us better than we even know ourselves. We are His children. He knows what we need, when we need it, and how we will best receive it. We can know how to meet the spiritual needs of our family if we will pray to Him in faith.
He goes on to say, "in addition to prayer, serious study of the scriptures will be part of your growing power to nurture." I was blessed to grow up in a home with parents who made it a priority to know the scriptures. When I approached them with questions about the gospel or historical events in the scriptures, they were ready and waiting to answer, because they had already read and studied. President Harold B. Lee once stated,
“I say that we need to teach our people to find their answers in the scriptures … But the unfortunate thing is that so many of us are not reading the scriptures. We do not know what is in them, and therefore we speculate about the things that we ought to have found in the scriptures themselves.”
To effectively teach from the scriptures, we must know and be familiar with them.
May We Be As the Mothers of the Stripling Warriors
After revisiting the story of the sons of Helaman, I was tenderly prompted by the Spirit to reflect on my own example.“They had been taught by their mothers … and they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.” Do my children know that there is nothing more important to me than the gospel of Jesus Christ? Do I spend enough time teaching them the doctrine? Do we spend enough time together learning as a family?
“We counsel parents and children to give highest priority to family prayer, family home evening, gospel study and instruction, and wholesome family activities. However worthy and appropriate other demands or activities may be, they must not be permitted to displace the divinely appointed duties that only parents and families can adequately perform.”
As the new year approaches and we ready ourselves to begin a new pattern of gospel instruction in the home, this is the perfect time to hold a family council. Use the download below to walk you through your discussions and goal-setting.
I know that our homes, families, and testimonies will be strengthened as we embrace this new curriculum and the responsibility of gospel instruction in the home!
Lesson / Activity:
Hold a Family Council in preparation for the start of Come, Follow Me at the beginning of next year. Discuss as a family how you plan to implement this new resource in your gospel learning at home, and set goals to help you prepare over these next couple months. We even have a free download to walk you through your family council! Fill it out together, and then place it somewhere you will see it frequently over the upcoming weeks as a joyful reminder of your family goals.
Faith in Action!
Successful nurturing heavily relies on faithful prayer and more sincere scripture study. Take time to evaluate your personal prayer and scripture study habits and commit to taking it one step further this week. Pay special attention to the blessings you receive for doing so--the Lord blesses every effort we make!
We are blessed with the ability to nurture not only our individual families, but all of God’s children! Use this week to prayerfully consider how you can spiritually nurture those you minister to. You might give special thought to how you can help your sisters better prepare for Come, Follow Me.
Read President Eyring's full address here.