Good morning Brothers & Sisters. Today I will be speaking about the role of parents in the home.
The First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles note that parents are accountable before God to fulfill their duties as parents in “The Family, Proclamation to the World”. In this counsel, we are reminded that the “First Commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live”. The Proclamation also states that “by divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners”.
Parents have the responsibility to teach their children the gospel. This entails teaching children to pray, to study the scriptures, and to live the gospel: exercising their agency in righteous ways and applying gospel teachings in all they do, as taught by King Benjamin. Mosiah 4:15:
But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.
Additionally, parents should teach children to keep the Sabbath day holy, pay tithing, and follow latter-day prophets. Children should learn to seek for all things that are “virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy”, as we find in the 13th Article of Faith:
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
In his talk “Born of Goodly Parents”, Elder Dallas N. Archibald of the Seventy notes that The Book of Mormon shows the value of righteousness and dedication in parents in Nephi 1:1:
“I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father.”
He simplifies this great stewardship of parenting: “We must teach, and we must be an example of those teachings”.
A scripture that I will leave you with today is one that I think will encourage parents to continue to lead their children in the path of righteousness. Helaman 5: 12 reads:
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power ov er you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
I am thankful to have such wonderful parents that have helped me learn all these things, whether by directly teaching me or by putting me around good influences.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.