Thursday, July 1, 2010

What the Scriptures Teach About Raising a Child

Another great book, by S. Michael Wilcox.  One of my favorite parts is at the very beginning.  He talks about the birth of his first child, and being given the "owner's manual" for that daughter, and all the subsequent children.  I felt like it was our duty to seek that revelation, to have Heavenly Father give us the owner's manual for our children, that He created.  What a blessing!  I am still working on that, I've got five children to catch up on.  : )
This book and Choosing Glory talked at great length about the scripture in D&C 121:41-46, as they apply to parenting.

41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;

42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile

43 Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;

44 That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.

45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.

What beautiful counsel!  What a beautiful promise!