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Family Closing Post

Congratulations! The Family segment has finished! The next segment will be starting later today when I send out the initiation email at 6:00 pm. The topic will be Friends, and the segment will last for three weeks, until May 10.

Hopefully throughout these last three weeks we’ve proved to ourselves that it is in fact possible to have fun with our family. Hopefully we now have a greater love for and a better relationship with them. Hopefully we’ve had our standard of “normal” raised, so that even as we stop being as diligent we continue anyway. Let us remember that strong families require effort, and that they will be blessed as we do our part to strengthen them. Have a good day!

~ George

Daily Reminder on Family: #21 out of 21

Today I,  ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.

One way you can strengthen your family:

“Share your testimony with your family through words and actions. Your righteous example can make a difference in strengthening your family.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit sharing my testimony with my family today.


“Bear Testimony—and Live It

“We also can become more diligent and concerned at home by bearing testimony to those whom we love about the things we know to be true by the witness of the Holy Ghost. The bearing of testimony need not be lengthy or eloquent. And we do not need to wait until the first Sunday of the month to declare our witness of things that are true. Within the walls of our own homes, we can and should bear pure testimony of the divinity and reality of the Father and the Son, of the great plan of happiness, and of the Restoration.

“Brethren and sisters, when was the last time you bore testimony to your eternal companion? Parents, when was the last time you declared your witness to your children about the things you know to be true? And children, when was the last time you shared your testimony with your parents and family?” – More Diligent and Concerned at Home by David A. Bednar.

Read the rest of David A. Bednar’s talk. It is one of the best referenced in these last three weeks.


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?”

Daily Reminder on Family: #20 out of 21

Today I,  ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.

One way you can strengthen your family:

“Honor your parents by showing love and respect for them. Obey them as they lead you in righteousness.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit to honoring my parents by showing love and respect for them. I will obey them as they lead me in righteousness.


“God desires that all of His children come into the world as part of an eternal family with a mother and father who love and care for each other and for their children. If this is not your experience, be patient and continue to live righteously. Look for worthy role models. Prepare now to fulfill your divine role as a husband or wife and as a parent. Commit to marry in the temple and establish your own eternal family” – For the Strength of Youth

You’ve read that paragraph before. Reread that paragraph, find something that you want to commit to, and commit to it.


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?”

Daily Reminder on Family: #19 out of 21

Today I,  ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.

One way you can strengthen your family:

“Show your love for your family members each day.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit to sharing my love for my family members today.


“Express Love—and Show It

“We can begin to become more diligent and concerned at home by telling the people we love that we love them. Such expressions do not need to be flowery or lengthy. We simply should sincerely and frequently express love.

“Brethren and sisters, when was the last time you took your eternal companion in your arms and said, “I love you”? Parents, when was the last time you sincerely expressed love to your children? Children, when was the last time you told your parents that you love them?

“Each of us already knows we should tell the people we love that we love them. But what we know is not always reflected in what we do. We may feel unsure, awkward, or even perhaps a bit embarrassed.

“As disciples of the Savior, we are not merely striving to know more; rather, we need to consistently do more of what we know is right and become better.

“We should remember that saying “I love you” is only a beginning. We need to say it, we need to mean it, and most importantly we need consistently to show it. We need to both express and demonstrate love.” – More Diligent and Concerned at Home by David A. Bednar

Do your parents, siblings, children, spouses, know how much you love them? Have you told them recently? Are you doing what you can to show your love for them?


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?”

Daily Reminder on Family: #18 out of 21

Today I,  ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.

One way you can strengthen your family:

“Strengthen your relationships with your brothers and sisters. They can become your closest friends. Support them in their interests, and help them with challenges they may be facing.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit to seeking to strengthen my relationships with my siblings through the principles found in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet.

(Or, if you don’t have siblings, strengthen your relationships with your Spiritual brothers and sisters. It can be just as fulfilling.)


“I sincerely feel that one of the great purposes of family evenings and home teaching is to have family members realize that a brother can be a friend, and that a sister can be a friend, and that a father and a mother can be more than parents, they can be friends.

“I would hope and pray that we may catch the wisdom and the inspiration of building a home so that our members in that sacred unit can look upon a father and say, “He is my best friend,” or “My mother is more than a mother, she is my friend.” When we realize that parents and family members can be more than blood relations and are in very deed friends, then we will have a glimpse of how our Heavenly Father wants us to live, not only as brothers and sisters but as very close friends.” – Read the paper boy’s story in the rest of Marvin J. Ashton’s talk Friends Forever


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?”

Daily Reminder on Family: #17 out of 21

Today I,  ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.

One way you can strengthen your family:

“Many problems in the home come from family members speaking and acting selfishly or unkindly. Seek to be the peacemaker rather that to tease, fight, and quarrel.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit to seeking to be a peacemaker today.


“We need to be reminded that contention is a striving against one another, especially in controversy or argument. It is to struggle, fight, battle, quarrel, or dispute. Contention never was and never will be an ally of progress…

“No home or heart exists that cannot be hurt through contention. It is sad when children are raised in a contentious home…

“The family as an institution today is beset on all sides. Conflicts within the family are critical and often damaging. Contention puts heavy strain on stability, strength, peace, and unity in the home. There is certainly not time for contention in building a strong family.

In place of arguments and friction between family members, ours is to build, listen, and reason together.” – No Time for Contention by Marvin J. Ashton (emphasis added)


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?”

Daily Reminder on Family: #16 out of 21

Today I,  ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.

One way you can strengthen your family:

“Be cheerful, helpful, and considerate of family members.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit to being cheerful, helpful, and considerate of my family members today.


“Charity begins at home. The single most important principle that should govern every home is to practice the Golden Rule—the Lord’s admonition that “all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Matthew 7:12). Take a moment and imagine how you would feel if you were on the receiving end of thoughtless words or actions. By our example, let us teach our family members to have love one for another.” – Finding Joy through Loving Service by M. Russell Ballard


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?”

Daily Reminder on Family: #15 out of 21

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.

Or this:

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.


“Be Consistent
“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?”

Daily Reminder on Family: #14 out of 21

Today I,  ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.

One way you can strengthen your family:

“Share your testimony with your family through words and actions. Your righteous example can make a difference in strengthening your family.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit sharing my testimony with my family today.


“Personal testimony is the factor which turns people around in their living as they come into this Church. This is the element which motivates the membership to forsake all in the service of the Lord. This is the quiet, encouraging voice which sustains without pause those who walk in faith down to the last days of their lives.

“It is a mysterious and wonderful thing, a gift from God to man. It overrides wealth or poverty when one is called to serve. This testimony which is carried in the hearts of our people motivates to an impelling duty. It is found in young and old. It is found in the seminary student, in the missionary, in the bishop and the stake president, in the mission president, in the Relief Society sister, in every General Authority. It is heard from those who hold no office other than membership. It is of the very essence of this work. It is what is moving the work of the Lord forward across the world. It impels to action. It demands that we do what we are asked to do. It brings with it the assurance that life is purposeful, that some things are of far greater importance than others, that we are on an eternal journey, that we are answerable unto God.” – Testimony by Gordon B. Hinckley


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?”

Daily Reminder on Family: #13 out of 21

Today I,  ____________________, will do my part in strengthening my family.

One way you can strengthen your family:

“Honor your parents by showing love and respect for them. Obey them as they lead you in righteousness.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit to honoring my parents by showing love and respect for them. I will obey them as they lead me in righteousness.


“God desires that all of His children come into the world as part of an eternal family with a mother and father who love and care for each other and for their children. If this is not your experience, be patient and continue to live righteously. Look for worthy role models. Prepare now to fulfill your divine role as a husband or wife and as a parent. Commit to marry in the temple and establish your own eternal family” – For the Strength of Youth

Reread that paragraph, find something that you want to commit to, and commit to it.


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?”