Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fortifying My Home



I am on a personal mission to spiritually fortify my home and family.
 
 We live in times, much like the days of the Stripling Warriors. Are we not symbols in many ways of those Anti-Nephi-Lehi parents as we send our children out on missions at such a time as this?
 
  Our youth are exceptional.  Our children are strong.  We have the enemy, so to speak, all around us. I  feel like I cannot sit casually by, doing my normal thing,  while the enemy gets closer and closer.

The enemy is not in the hills and mountains around us, but in many cases in our own homes. 
 
  In the days of Captain Moroni in the Book of Mormon, they fortified their cities with deep ditches,  high timbers, strong walls that were high and impassible. Then they would strength all the weak areas. make them their strongest area Then they also armed their people individually.
I am feeling that those similar times are upon us. 
 
  Elder Richard G. Scott of the Twelve, gave this great momentous talk last General Conference where he talks about fortifying ourselves and families through the power of the Atonement. 
This is so great as he uses the example of the Anti-Nephi Lehi's and the Stripling Warriors and applies these same principles to us today!
 
 
Here are some of the highlights from the talk.
 
 
"The joyful news for anyone who desires to be rid of the consequences of past poor choices is that the Lord sees weaknesses differently than He does rebellion. Whereas the Lord warns that unrepented rebellion will bring punishment, when the Lord speaks of weaknesses, it is always with mercy."

"The spiritual protections built around the Ammonite fathers blessed and strengthened themselves, their families, their country, and future generations. The same can be true with us."
So how do we build these eternal fortifications?
 
  • Make covenants and receive ordinances for yourself. Then steadily and consistently work to provide ordinances in the temple for your own ancestors.     
  • Share the gospel with nonmember or less-active family members or friends. Sharing these truths can bring a renewed enthusiasm into your life.     
  • Serve faithfully in all Church callings, especially home teaching and visiting teaching assignments. Don’t be just a 15-minutes-a-month home or visiting teacher. Rather, reach out to each individual member of the family. Get to know them personally. Be a real friend. Through acts of kindness, show them how very much you care for each of them.     
  • Most important, serve the members of your own family. Make the spiritual development of your spouse and children a very high priority. Be attentive to the things you can do to help each one. Give freely of your time and attention."--Elder Richard G.Scott  

  •  ~ I love Elder Scott's reference to the Father's of the Stripling Warriors described in his talk!  Very touching!~