Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Train Up a Child

Is my little grandnephew Peter the cutest studying his scriptures.  I'm all about Dave's and Yvonne's efforts to "train up a child in the way he should go." (Proverbs 22:6)  I got this picture off FACEBOOK and had to post it.  This picture made me think of a talk by James E. Faust.  Here's a quote from it:

A few years ago, Bishop Stanley Smoot was interviewed by President Spencer W. Kimball. President Kimball asked, “How often do you have family prayer?”

Bishop Smoot answered, “We try to have family prayer twice a day, but we average about once.”

President Kimball answered, “In the past, having family prayer once a day may have been all right. But in the future it will not be enough if we are going to save our families.”

I wonder if having casual and infrequent family home evening will be enough in the future to fortify our children with sufficient moral strength. In the future, infrequent family scripture study may be inadequate to arm our children with the virtue necessary to withstand the moral decay of the environment in which they will live. Where in the world will the children learn chastity, integrity, honesty, and basic human decency if not at home? These values will, of course, be reinforced at church, but parental teaching is more constant.

James E. Faust,
“The Greatest Challenge in the World—Good Parenting,”
Ensign, Nov 1990, 32

1 comment:

  1. Good stuff Moth. I loved this picture too. That kid cracks me up!