Today I, ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.
One way you can strengthen your family:
“Join your family in family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evenings. Keeping these commandments strengthens and unifies families.” – For the Strength of Youth
Depending on your schedule today, you can either do this:
I, ____________________, commit to making sure that family home evening happens tonight.
I, ____________________, commit to scheduling a day this week that my family can have family home evening and making sure that family home evening happens that night.
“As our sons were growing up, our family did what you have done and what you now do. We had regular family prayer, scripture study, and family home evening. Now, I am sure what I am about to describe has never occurred in your home, but it did in ours.
“Sometimes Sister Bednar and I wondered if our efforts to do these spiritually essential things were worthwhile. Now and then verses of scripture were read amid outbursts such as “He’s touching me!” “Make him stop looking at me!” “Mom, he’s breathing my air!” Sincere prayers occasionally were interrupted with giggling and poking. And with active, rambunctious boys, family home evening lessons did not always produce high levels of edification. At times Sister Bednar and I were exasperated because the righteous habits we worked so hard to foster did not seem to yield immediately the spiritual results we wanted and expected.
“Today if you could ask our adult sons what they remember about family prayer, scripture study, and family home evening, I believe I know how they would answer. They likely would not identify a particular prayer or a specific instance of scripture study or an especially meaningful family home evening lesson as the defining moment in their spiritual development. What they would say they remember is that as a family we were consistent.
“Sister Bednar and I thought helping our sons understand the content of a particular lesson or a specific scripture was the ultimate outcome. But such a result does not occur each time we study or pray or learn together. The consistency of our intent and work was perhaps the greatest lesson—a lesson we did not fully appreciate at the time.” – More Diligent and Concerned at Home by David A. Bednar
Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Family section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/family/
Ask yourself “How sensitive am I to the needs and desires of my family members? What can I do today that will help strengthen my family?”