Stance: Studies on the Family

Brigham Young University Student Journal

Category: Spiritual (page 2 of 2)

Sabbath Message: The Role of Parents

two-thousand-stripling-warriorsWhen I was young, my mother showed me a verse in the Book of Mormon that had always meant a lot to her, and that she considered to be her goal in life. It is a verse well known throughout the Church, and is found in Alma 56:47-48:

“47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.

48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.”

I have always loved these verses, especially because I believe my mother achieved her goal in life, which was to teach my sister and me to trust in God and believe that He would always be there.

However, as important as my mother has been and always will be, I am also very grateful to have a loving and supporting father. In the same chapter in Alma, we find another verse that I think is sometimes overlooked. In verse 27 it reads,

“And now it came to pass in the second month of this year, there was brought unto us many provisions from the fathers of those my two thousand sons.”

I love this verse because it shows that the stripling warriors were not fatherless; rather, their fathers were out doing their job, providing for their families. The pattern here is perfectly in line with the pattern set forth by the modern prophets and apostles: the primary role of the father is to provide and protect the family, and the primary role of the mother is to teach and nurture the children in love and righteousness.mother and girl

 

Together, as equals, the mother and father carry the responsibility to raise the family in the Gospel, teaching them to love God and keep His commandments. The blessings and protection of God were clearly witnessed in the lives of the stripling warriors, as a direct result of their obedience. This obedience was produced by the righteous teachings of their parents, meaning that when families remain true to God, He remains true to them.

—Kimball Gardner, Stance

Sabbath Message: Whom Will Ye Serve?

“[C]hoose you this day whom ye will serve . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).family-walking-along-beach-1117003-print

I’m not sharing this scripture because it is my favorite, or because it changed my life when I memorized it in Seminary. I think this is one of my dad’s favorite scriptures, and I remember enjoying it when I read it for the first time in Seminary. But it’s never been one of those scriptures that stuck with me. It’s never been my go-to scripture.family-prayer

Although it has never been that scripture for me, someday I want it to be one of the most applicable and meaningful scriptures in my repertoire. Someday, when I have a family with little children who depend on me for so much—I will want this scripture to have meaning. When I have a family I will teach my children the gospel of Christ. I will teach them right from wrong. I will train and guide them in all that they need to know. I will teach them who to serve. When I have a family, we will serve the Lord.

—Shelby Olsen, Stance

Sabbath Day Message: He is the Gift

What are you Thankful for?

This time of year it can seem almost cheesy to express gratitude, however there is a good reason this holiday is all about giving thanks.

Happiness cannot be achieved through the acquisition of temporal desires and “keeping up with the Jones’.” True happiness comes only through faith, love, and obedience in our Father and Heaven and our relationships with His children. Each of God’s commandments are part of His plan of Happiness –a plan which shows us how to be happy.

images“Oh give thanks to the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

One commandment we are given is to be thankful. When you focus on the things you have to be grateful for, and when you express your gratitude to your God and to those around you, you prove to yourself that you have much to be happy about.

Thomas S. Monson teaches this concept better than I ever could in his talk “An Attitude of Gratitude.

During this season, take the time to kneel down before your Father in Heaven, and express a prayer of gratitude. You’ll find that doing so will make this holiday season full of more happiness than it can bring on its own.

By Janai Skiles, Social Media Director

Sabbath Message: General Conference

We are half-way through General Conference! What have you learned? Share your thoughts on twitter and facebook and #LDSconf.

Watch General Conference Live on LDS.org!

Catch up on Saturday sessions, Priesthood, and the General Women’s Meeting here.

“What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.” Doctrine and Covenants 1:38

From your Social Media Adviser, Janai Gariety

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