Our Sacred Duty
Elder Robert D. Hales
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
We are often instructed to strengthen our homes and families. That “No success can compensate for failure in the home.” I wanted to find some concrete things that we can DO to prepare our families and ourselves for this world.
Now the problem I see for myself is to not get discouraged after looking at this extensive list. I have discovered that a problem I have is I see weaknesses and areas I need to improve and get discouraged at how far I have to go and wallow in it. . . .consequently getting nothing done. Tyler is trying to gently help me see the flaws in this approach. I am going to pick several of these to focus on.
I want to fill my home with the hymns. Even though Ella is so young I believe she can still respond to the feelings of the spirit and music can be so powerful.
Also I have been struggling with holding regular family home evening since I got married. At college all I had to do was show up each Monday and we had great lessons and activities. As newly weds we would put off FHE with the excuse that each night was family night for us. Most nights of the week we would conclude the day snuggling while watching TV. We knew we should be having a lesson and beginning and ending with a prayer, etc but of course that rarely came to be. Now with Ella we tend to use the excuse that Ella is too little or Tyler is SO busy. I have decided there will ALWAYS be a reason not to hold family night……but as listed above it is so critical for our families.
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