Filed under: Anger Management, Children's Needs, Gospel Centered Marriages, Parenting Skills, Personal Development, Prophets' Words
My daughter asked me yesterday, with great concern in her young voice, why bad things had to happen to good people. She was thinking of the people in Burma (Myanmar) and in China with the recent, horrific events they’re experiencing.
When somebody has hurt us or someone we love, we feel angry. Oftentimes we feel anguish. The emotions may run so deep and so hard that we wonder if we’ll ever feel light-hearted again.
Raising children to make sound choices can challenge even the best of parents. For example, while a child is only two years old, parenting can seem quite simple. If the little one runs out in the street, we pull him back. If he’s climbing too high a tree, we pull him down.
How do we help our children cling to the teachings of our Heavenly Father? How do we help them stay safe in a world that seems so interested in stuffing sin in their lives? With porn companies now seeking seven to eleven year olds as their newest customers, life has suddenly taken on quite urgent tones. And in the middle of it all, contention seems to be rising – on the freeways, in the schools, at our homes.
My birthday month should have been a happy one. But frightening news came of an assault on those least able to defend themselves: the newly born.
Sometimes we struggle in life. All of us do. Life holds many wonders, but along the way through life we also experience a variety of upsets.
Family life can contain the most beautiful of experiences or it can contain some of the most horrendous. The Mormon church (the official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) seeks to aid its members to strengthen their families in Christ-like love.
Sometimes as we go through life, we encounter setbacks, challenges, and weaknesses. I don’t know about you, but when I face these kinds of moments, I feel frustrated, for I want to please God. I want to bring forth works, choices, and activities that His Son, Jesus Christ did. In fact, I study my scriptures so that I can see His patterns and works; I want to do what He did.
“Homes are more permanent through love. Oh, then, let love abound. Though you fall short in some material matters, study and work and pray to hold your children’s love. Establish and maintain your family hours always. Stay close to your children. Pray, play, work, and worship together.”
(President David O. McKay, 1968)
As Mormons, or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe in prophets. The Lord has used prophets many times throughout the history of the world to teach His children proper living (see Amos 3:7.)