Monday, February 17, 2014
Only failure is giving up!
We had an awesome Stake conference in January where Elder Rasband of the 70 came and spoke to us. He talked a lot about protecting our homes and also about David O Mckay's statement in a general conference. "No success can compensate for failure in the home" Apparently there was a meeting up at the U of U institute after he said that and there was a question and answer time. One student said "What constitutes failure in the home?" the room went silent because of course this is the ultimate question every parent wants to know!! Pres McKay said "When parents and grandparents give up is failure in the home."
I loved this and then he went on to talk about Lehi blessing his grandchildren. Lamen and Lemuel's children on his death bed. See 2 Nephi 4:1-12
It was such a great image to me of the never ending prayers and striving to bring our family to Christ.
Our Stake president talked about The walls of our home are the fortress for our families. How are we protecting our families like the Nephites did under Captain Moroni building up walls? What work should you be doing in the walls of your home?
This reminded me of the quote from Elder Richard G Scott "The prophetic counsel to have daily personal and family prayer, daily personal and family scripture study, and weekly family home evening are the essential, weight-bearing beams in the construction of a Christ-centered home. Without these regular practices it will be difficult to find the desired and much-needed peace and refuge from the world." For Peace at Home by Elder Richard G Scott April 2013
They talked about the precious sealing power and how keeping our covenants will bless our posterity. That the sealing power will pull on our wayward children and bring them back to us. I loved this modern rendition of the Prodigal son
My special counsel and direction from the meeting was
1. Never give up- reach out to my children and my extended family forever and ever. Invite them to come unto Christ and receive of his joy and peace.
2. Make my home a place of safety and refuge from the world.
a. Keep the internet in public places and monitor "screens"
b. Keep my home clean and decluttered. Make time each day to clean with my children
c. Make special effort to have meal time together to nurture and gather my family at our "family alter" the kitchen table
d. open to others to also receive peace and refuge
3. Another quote from the conference was "We measure activity by church attendance. But our personal ministry is the true measure of our conversion and covenant keeping." We attend church to be fed and strengthened in our personal ministry.
4. Our families new family motto for the year Docterine and covenants 108:7