Thursday, September 26, 2013

Importance of Nurturing Children

Teach Children to Pray
What have prophets taught concerning nurturing children?

Deuteronomy 6:7 [Deut. 6:7]: “Thou shalt teach [the words of the Lord] diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
Mosiah 4:15 : “Ye will teach [children] to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.”
3 Nephi 22:13 [3 Ne. 22:13]: “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”
President David O. McKay (1873–1970): “[The] ability and willingness properly to rear children, the gift to love, and eagerness … to express it in soul development, make motherhood the noblest office or calling in the world. She who can paint a masterpiece or write a book that will influence millions deserves the admiration and the plaudits of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters, whose influence will be felt through generations to come, … deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God” (Gospel Ideals [1954], 453–54).