It is of utmost importance to strengthen our families right now, at this time when we all know Satan is trying his best to destroy “the fundamental unit of society”. So if Satan is trying his best, then nothing less than our best will suffice to overcome all he throws in our path to sway us. We must be constantly and consistently striving to strengthen the family. When Christ was among the Nephites He counseled them to “Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children may be blessed.”
In my home, above all of mine and my siblings baby pictures, is a quote by President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Behold your little ones. Love them, teach them, respect them, pray with them and for them.” Parents are responsible for raising their children correctly, for teaching them gospel truths and doctrine, and giving them a firm foundation, otherwise “the sin be upon the heads of the parents.” We will be held accountable before God for the way we have taught our children. Alma said to his son, “Command thy children to do good” and Mosiah told his people, “teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another and to serve one another.” Elder Ballard said, “What matters most is what lasts longest, and our families are for eternity.”
I'm not a parent so I would hardly be an expert or authority on parenting, but I do know this: God is our Father, and the Father of millions at that. He is a perfect parent. If you were to ask anyone for help with raising and loving your children, in whatever circumstance, He is the Expert to ask. He knows your heart, and He knows the hearts of your children, because they are His children too, and always have been.
Elder Hales said “If the example we have received from our parents was not good, it is our responsibility to break the cycle... Each person can learn a better way and in so doing bless the lives of family members now and teach correct traditions for the generations that follow. I testify that this is true because I am a living witness and proof his words. I have experienced firsthand the blessings that come to “the generations that follow”, and I am forever indebted to those not far before me who chose to be those cycle breakers. They bring with them stories of charity, forgiveness, and strength that astound me, and have shaped my testimony. Next to God, your family is the most important part of your life, whether it's the one you're in or the one you make.
God expects much of us because of our decision to be part of a family. So if your family relationships are suffering, fix them. I testify that they are never too broken for Christ to save. If you've been unkind in the past, be kind from now on, and pray for the charity Christ exhibited so perfectly. If you haven't made your family the top priority in your life, make it your top priority from this day on. I promise you that if your family will follow Christ, you will never have to choose between your family, and the gospel. But even if your family doesn't follow Christ now, you can choose to yourself.
-This article was written by Sarah, a youth in the Ward