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Church Curriculum:  Helping Us Learn and Live the Gospel.  Learning the gospel of Jesus Christ is much, much more than a weekly classroom activity. It is a lifelong search to know the Lord and to transform our lives in his image.  How, then, can we make the gospel an integral part of our lives? We must pray and serve. We must study the scriptures, which reveal the Lord’s nature and record his teachings. Faithful members of the Church are promised that they may learn the gospel of Jesus Christ “line upon line, precept upon precept.”

Understanding the Importance of Scripture Study, by Elder David A. Bednar.  “Today I hope to accomplish two objectives as I visit with you: (1) provide a doctrinal foundation for understanding the importance of studying the scriptures and (2) emphasize basic principles that can help each of us become more effective in our personal study of the scriptures.”

Scriptures and Sunday Classes:  A Conversation about Church Curriculum.  Anyone who has had spiritual experiences will remember how special it is to read a stirring passage of scripture or to hear an inspired speaker—to read or hear words that penetrate your soul, that cause your heart to thrill at the burnings of the Spirit. We don’t have those kinds of experiences often enough, because we fail to read the scriptures or do the kinds of things that put us in tune with the Spirit.

“For the Perfecting of the Saints”:  A Look at Church Curriculum, by Elder Carlos E. Asay.  “Who serves the meal which has been placed upon the ‘curriculum table’? ” This sacred responsibility is shared by parents, leaders, and teachers—those who have been called to “feed the flock.” (See Ezek. 34:1–19.) If those who serve do so in a caring manner, those served will likely eat with pleasure; moreover, they will likely be inclined to return for more. If, however, the meal is served in an impersonal, haphazard way, appetite is spoiled and the joy of eating is lost. It is, therefore, urgent that all who teach the gospel give their finest effort.

The American Biblical Tradition:  The King James Version used to be our common text, by Mark A. Noll.  Today the legacy of the King James Version remains fixed in the common speech, even if awareness of the language’s debt to this translation is fading. Whether any modern translation of the Scriptures, or any other moral guide, can anchor the culture as the KJV once did, is a question worth serious consideration.

June 2006 Family Readings

The Honored Place of Woman, by President Ezra Taft Benson.   Radiate a spirit of contentment and joy with homemaking. You teach by example your attitude toward homemaking. Your attitude will say to your children, “I am only a housewife” or it will convey, “Homemaking is the highest, most noble profession to which a woman might aspire.”

First Presidency letter asks contact US Senators immediately!  Vote on Marriage Amendment scheduled for June 6, 2006 Click for details.

Intrepid Fallen Heroes: “This is Americans doing for Americans,” by Jonathan Gurwitz.  In this nation of 300 million, the burden of the war on terror falls on an exceedingly small community. Beyond the obscured corridors of Walter Reed and Brooke Army Medical Center, normalcy reigns in the homeland. Perhaps more than anything else, the lack of a sense of shared sacrifice has attenuated the brutal reality of this conflict. “Don’t use the word charity with regard to the military,” Arnold Fisher declares passionately. “This is duty.”

Understanding Freedom.  One of the most stirring records of a young person’s coming to understand the Declaration of Independence and the meaning of freedom as defined in the American experience comes from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little Town on the Prairie, from her series of children’s books based on her own childhood in the early days of the settlement of the prairie.

May 2006 Family Readings

Answers: Straightforward Answers to Tough Gospel Questions (excerpt), by Joseph Fielding McConkie.  It is not uncommon in gospel discussions for someone to challenge what is being said with the question, “Is that official Church doctrine?”

“Realize Your Full Potential,” Richard G. Scott

“It Becometh Every Man,” Spencer W. Kimball

“Preparing for Missionary Service,” Daryl H. Garn

January 2006 Family Readings

The Purifying Power of Gethsemane, by Bruce R. McConkie.  The atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most transcendent event that ever has or ever will occur from Creation’s dawn through all the ages of a never-ending eternity.  It was the supreme act of goodness and grace that only a God could perform.  See an Easter Cantata based on this talk

December 2005 Family Readings

How Beautiful to Live in These Times and Be Prepared!, by F. Enzio Busche

This Final Glorious Gospel Dispensation, by Bruce R. McConkie

Home, The Place to Save Society, by Spencer W. Kimball

The Lord Expects His Saints to Follow the Commandments, by Spencer W. Kimball

However Long and Hard the Road, by Jeffrey R. Holland

September 2005 Family Readings

The Environment of Our Homes by President Gordon B. Hinckley.  When I was a boy we lived in a large old house. One room was called the library. There was quiet in that room. It was understood that it was a place to study.

Of Making Many Books There is no End
by Tari Cartwright.  In a positive light, then, the “best books” are to be chosen that strengthen reason, enlarge the tenderness of conscience, enlighten the sense of God, create a relish for spiritual things, and increase the authority of the mind over the body.
From the History Files: A Love of Libraries
Eliot a speech delivered to an audience of working men, in which he declared that a five-foot shelf of books could provide ‘a good substitute for a liberal education in youth to anyone who would read them with devotion, even if he could spare but fifteen minutes a day for reading.’

Looking Forward With the Eye of Faith by Paul Savage.  When I read these prophecies, I sometimes tend to fear what we may have to endure in the last days.  But then, when I also read how the Lord has protected His Saints in all dispensations, I find great comfort and peace.

A Reminder to Remember the Little Boys Who Will Soon Be Men by Doug Phillips.  I have never forgotten the rainy day and the little boy and his dog. Often, perhaps a thousand times, my mind has wandered back to that scene. Like all events in our lives, it happens once, and must be savored and treasured.

April 2005 Family Readings

The Coming Tests and Trials and Glory by Bruce R. McConkie From the top of the peak where the soles of our feet now tread, we can look forward, crest upon crest, to the Zion of God which one day will be ours if we walk in the course charted by those who have gone before. We do not know the length of the journey nor the perils that await us.
The Destiny of the Church by Richard O. Cowan.  The challenge to all Latter-day Saints, then, is to catch the vision of the Church’s mission and destiny, that they may help to realize the fulfillment of the Prophet’s inspired petition (D&C 65:6) in which he prayed, “May the kingdom of God go forth, that the kingdom of heaven may come.

Charting the Course in Education by Richard O. Cowan.  By the end of the nineteenth century, forces were at work that would drastically change the character and nature of the Church’s educational program and what direction it should take.

The Caravan Moves On by Bruce R. McConkie.
I propose some simple tests that all of us may take to determine if we are true to the faith. They consist of a few basic questions, all of which must be answered correctly in order to gain the full blessings of the gospel in this life and inherit eternal life in the realms ahead.

February 2005 Family Readings

Countering Korihor  by Gerald Lund.  Like any philosophical system, Korihor’s doctrine had metaphysical, epistemological, and axiological aspects. Together, they enabled him to convince many to reject the traditional values taught by the Church.

Consequences of Choosing Unbelief, by N. Eldon Tanner.  As high an order of intelligence is required to understand and interpret the things of the spirit as is required to comprehend the truths of science and other secular matters.

How to Worship, by Bruce R. McConkie.  To worship the Lord is to be of good cheer, to be courageous, to be valiant, to have the courage of our God-given convictions, and to keep the faith.  It is ten thousand times ten thousand things. It is keeping the commandments of God. It is living the whole law of the whole gospel.

Enduring Well, by Elder Neal A. Maxwell.
Trying to comprehend the trials and meaning of this life without understanding Heavenly Father’s marvelously encompassing plan of salvation is like trying to understand a three-act play while seeing only the second act.

Parenthood: A Stewardship in Education by Reed A. Benson
When I realized that I would have to do a professional education project for my doctoral program, I said to my wife, “what do you say for my professional education project we put all of our children into home school for one year?” Well, when I took her off the ceiling, she said to me, “Reed, don’t you think I have anything else to do?”

January 2005 Family Readings

Pursue the Steady Course, President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Teaching From the Heart A review of changes to the missionary system

Raising Expectations by Elder Henry B. Eyring.  In the days ahead, the Lord will raise the spiritual bar again and again. And our youth will rise higher and higher to more than clear that rising expectation.

The Greatest Generation of Missionaries by M. Russell Ballard.  What we need now is the greatest generation of missionaries in the history of the Church.

Therefore, What?  by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.  We know the Savior to be the Master Teacher. When He says the bulk of the harvest yet lies before us and that there are far too few laborers, the call is for a certain kind of teacher, a teacher who in the process heals.

Preparing Your Future Missionary by S. Brent Scharman  Parents can help their children become successful missionaries.

The One Pure Defense by Boyd K. Packer.   It is my purpose to charge each of you as teachers with responsibility—to put you on alert: these are days of great spiritual danger for our youth.

Related Family Readings by Elder Eyring:

Inspiring students to stand strong amid torrent of temptation by Elder Henry B. Eyring  Our aim must be for them to become truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ while they are with us.

We Must Raise Our Sights by Elder Henry B. Eyring  The world in which our students choose spiritual life or death is changing rapidly.

The Power of Teaching Doctrine by Henry B. Eyring.  The question must be, “With so little time and so few opportunities, what words of doctrine from me will fortify them against the attacks on their faith which are sure to come?” The words you speak today may be the ones they remember. And today will soon be gone.

Education for Real Life,  by Henry B. Eyring.  Putting spiritual learning first gives our secular learning purpose.

November 2004 Family Readings

Bush comforts daughter of 9/11 victim

Collection of 2004 Election Articles

We Have Questions

October 2004 Family Readings

In Opposition to Evil, by Gordon B. Hinckley

How Does Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Hurt Marriage, Children and Society?

Links to organizations that defend marriage

First Presidency Statement on Same-Gender Marriage

Why marriage can’t be left to the states

September 2004 Family Readings

A compilation of essays and political opinion pieces.

July 2004 Family Readings

A resolution was recently submitted to a committee of the Southern Baptist Convention calling on Southern Baptist parents to remove their children from government schools. It caught on like wild-fire. It was obvious something important was happening.

The mission of GetTheKidsOut is to assist Christians to work within their own denominations to alert parents of the staggering loss of faith and morals in children who attend the officially neutral “public schools.”

June 2004 Family Readings

As a Little Child by Marjorie Meyer “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” How do we teach a child to pray? Do we teach them that God is listening and loves them, and to pour out their hearts openly to him? Our Father is not distant, he is intimate and personal.

March 2004 Family Readings

On the Shoulders of Giants, by Boyd K. Packer:  ” … I charge each of you lawyers and judges and put you on alert: These are days of great spiritual danger for this people. The world is spiraling downward at an ever-quickening pace. I am sorry to tell you that it will not get better. I know of nothing in the history of the Church or in the history of the world to compare with our present circumstances.”

January 2004 Family Readings

Verse to memorize: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.
(Colossians 3:16)

Hymn:  I Come to the Garden Alone

Hymn:  A Mighty Fortress is Our God – original words

Hymn: Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Hymn:  Abba, Father, We Approach Thee

December 2003 Family Readings

Thou Shalt Not Covet by Gordon B. Hinckley  As we go forward with our lives, let us remember the promise of the Lord: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33.)

November 2003 Family Readings

The Praise of Men by N. Eldon Tanner 
Every one of us has been foreordained for some work as His chosen servant. Always remember that people are looking to you for leadership and you are influencing the lives of individuals either for good or for bad, which influence will be felt for generations to come.

Theodore Tuttle:  There is another kind of faith: more powerful, less known, infrequently observed.  It is the creative, and generative kind of faith. This is the faith save for the exercise of which things would not happen. This is the great causative force in human lives. This is the faith that moves mountains….

John H. Vandenburg, quoting George Washington:  Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labour to subvert these great pillars of human happiness.

October 2003 Family Readings

Letter from Sullivan Ballou to his wife in 1861.  My very dear Sarah:  The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days –perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more….

September 2003 Family Readings

An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life.
He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me… it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. “One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. “The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. “This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.” They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied… “The one you feed.”

August 2003 Family Readings

Rejuvenation and Remembrance by Marjorie Meyer.  Homeschoolers are no different from public schoolers in their need for predictable routines and milestones in the passing of time.  At this time of “new beginnings,” I write to remind you to put first in your lives the truly vital and the critically important matters of the family.  Nowhere is this better expressed than in Diane Hopkins’ remarkable essay:  “The Baby IS the Lesson,” reprinted here, with her permission.    

July 2003 Family Readings

Fifty-five Reasons to Homeschool Spend more time together as a family. Allow children to have time for more in-depth study than what is allowed in school. Provide long, uninterrupted blocks of time for writing, reading, playing, thinking, or working so that the child is able to engage in sophisticated, complex activities and thought processes…….

June 2003 Family Readings

The Family:  A Proclamation to the World.  Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God;  the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.  The means by which mortal life is created [is] divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.

Statement of Purpose from the World Congress of Families.  We assemble in this World Congress, from many national, ethnic, cultural, social and religious communities, to affirm that the natural human family is established by the Creator and essential to good society.

April 2003 Family Readings

How Do You Homeschool?  by Marjorie Meyer.  You don’t need to create “learning centers” as much as you need to develop your own “learning heart”.  Your own inquisitiveness and your desire to excel and learn new things will have a profound effect on the hearts and minds of your young learners.

Homeschooling the Teen Years by Marjorie Meyer.  An online resource designed to help parents facilitate the education of their Ideal Homeschooling Teens (IHT’s) with their own specific Ultimate Goals (UG’s) in mind

March 2003 Family Readings

ForebearsA poem by J. D. Goldsmith

Untitled Poem by Wendell Barry

Prodigal Love for the Prodigal Son by C. H. Spurgeon.  The parable is a very familiar one, yet it is so full of sacred meaning that it always has some fresh lesson for us.

Much Required by Boyd K. Packer.  “When he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had,” that he might obtain it.

February 2003 Family Readings

Education for Real Life,  by Henry B. Eyring.  Putting spiritual learning first gives our secular learning purpose.

Can the Schools Be Saved? by Chester E. Finn. A well-argued overview of American education system problems, and sensible solutions.

January 2003 Family Readings

School of Abraham Alpha Project.  The School of Abraham Alpha Project is a collection of meaningful poems, short thoughts, scriptures, and essays.  Parents and children can read and discuss the Alpha Project together, choosing sections that are age-appropriate.

Desiderata.  “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons….”

December 2002 Family Readings

2002 Christmas Message  On Christmas day at noon, 1994,  Pope John-Paul II spoke a few words of greeting in 54 different languages to the vast crowds of pilgrims who had gathered in St Peter’s Square for his traditional Urbi et Orbi message; “…our eyes will rejoice at the mystery of the Holy Family, just as children rejoice when they look at the crib, recognizing in it a kind of prototype of their own family”, he said, stressing that this year he had addressed his Christmas message especially to families.

View Nativity Artwork

November 2002 Family Readings

We Can Be More Neighborly by Marjorie Meyer.  “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. …”

Standing for Somthing: With All Thy Learning, Get Understanding by Gordon B. Hinckley.  We can enrich our lives dramatically through the miracle of reading and exposure to the arts. The older I grow, the more I enjoy the words of thoughtful writers, ancient and modern. I savor that which they have learned and processed and recorded for others to read.

Dads: The Ultimate Homeschoolers by Marjorie Meyer.  There are multiple ways for fathers to mentor their children. This article is dedicated to all those diaper-changing, dishes-washing, kids-face-cleaning-off, occasional-meal-cooking, scripture-studying, boo-boo kissing, quiet-ear-listening, and all-around-helping FATHERS without-whom-we-would-not-be-Mothers, to whom we owe so much.

October 2002 Family Readings

Temple Marriage Study Materials.  “Recently a good father and husband passed away unexpectedly in his home. He was only in his 55th year. His youngest son found him while the mother was away in a nearby city. The boy’s older brother and sisters were contacted at work. Friends and neighbors came to assist. The children gathered at the hospital with extended family and priesthood leaders. Medical personnel tried in vain to resuscitate the father, but he was gone. There was much sorrow and grieving. Mother was finally contacted and sped to the hospital, not knowing that her eternal companion had already passed away a few hours earlier and that her children had been heartbroken and awash in grief and pain for some time.”  Story continues…

September 2002 Family Readings

Gospel Basics by L. Tom Perry.  After much prayer and fasting, [the Area Presidency] decided to emphasize just two basic teachings of the gospel. They prepared a letter to be delivered to each family unit. The theme was ‘Being Converted to the Lord,’ in which they stressed family prayer and family scripture study.

The Pathway of Discipleship by Elder Neal A. Maxwell.  The road of discipleship … requires sturdy, all-weather souls who are constant in every season of life and who are not easily stalled or thrown off course.

Creativity by Elder Neal A. Maxwell.  Righteous work is our love of God and of our neighbors being made manifest. Creative work is a special expression, “a more excellent way” (1 Cor. 12:31), of showing that love. Creative expression can also represent the celebration of our gratitude to God for our gifts and talents.

August 2002 Family Readings

Should Children Respect Adults? by Rebecca Prewitt.  “The problem with kids nowadays is that they don’t respect adults.”  We’ve all heard statements such as this. Certainly we don’t want our children to be disrespectful, but do we really want them to respect all adults?

Our View of Children by Rebecca Prewitt.  Many of our decisions as mothers–whether we are are aware of it or not–are motivated and determined by our view of children.

Avoiding Millstones by Rebecca Prewitt. “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)

Woman to Woman by Helen E. Aardsma.  It is not an exaggeration to say that never in any culture or in any time has God’s design for women come to be so abused and perverted as it is in modern America. It is not easy to show this to women today. The abuse and perversion has become so completely pervasive as to make it seem “normal”. But let me try.

July 2002 Family Readings

I Will Lead You Along by Neal A. Maxwell.  Before modern times, global perplexity simply was not possible. Now, there is a quick transmission of some crises and problems from one nation to others, … and perhaps most of all, a shared sense of near-helplessness in the face of such perplexities. Today, the assembled agonies of the world pass in reminding review on the nightly news.

June 2002 Family Readings

Pathways to Perfection by Thomas S. Monson.  Exemplify in your lives four tested, specific virtues: an attitude of gratitude, a longing for learning, a devotion to discipline, and a willingness to work.

May 2002 Family Readings

Mother’s Day Poems by Carol Lynn Pearson

Among America’s Greatest Heroes by Mike Smith.  Social watchdogs lament the lack of positive role models. They should consider home-schooling moms.

When the Going Gets Tough by Elizabeth Smith.  The role of the father is paramount to the success and well being of the home-schooling mother.

April 2002 Family Readings

The Purifying Power of Gethsemane by Bruce R. McConkie.  His atonement is the most transcendent event that ever has or ever will occur from Creations dawn and through all the ages of a never-ending eternity. It was the supreme act of goodness and grace that only a God could perform.  See an Easter Cantata based on this talk

Patterns of Prayer by Bruce R. McConkie.  Prayer is the way and means, given us by our Creator, whereby we can counsel and communicate with him. It is one of the chief cornerstones of pure and perfect worship.

March 2002 Family Readings

The Charted Course of the Church in Education by J. Reuben Clark.  These students hunger and thirst, as did their fathers before them, for a testimony of the things of the spirit and of the hereafter, and knowing that you cannot rationalize eternity, they seek faith, and the knowledge which follows faith. “[This] address should be read by every one of you every year.  It is insightful; it is profound; it is prophetic; it is scripture.”  Boyd K. Packer

Education:  Moving Under and Toward the Law of Consecration by Alvin R. Dyer.  By the end of the millennium, for those who will occupy the celestial kingdom, the home will be the only media of teaching children. Teaching will be through the family.

February 2002 Family Readings

Great Things Required of Their Fathers by Ezra T. Benson.  The Lord revealed that the period of childhood and unaccountability was given to children so that “great things may be required at the hand of their fathers.”  What confidence the Lord has in fathers, and what a responsibility He has placed on fathers! Great things are required of fathers today.  Fathers, are your homes in order?

The Search for Moral Harmony by Neil J. Flinders.  I believe true religion is the divine guidance provided by a loving Heavenly Father to his children; including but extending beyond institutions. The primary purpose of true religion is to enable all those who so desire to fulfill their divine destiny.

This is a test.  It is only a test. by Sheri Dew.  It is a test of many things—of our convictions and priorities, our faith and our faithfulness, our patience and our resilience, and in the end, our ultimate desires.

We Must Raise Our Sights.  by Henry B. Eyring.   “The spiritual strength sufficient for our youth to stand firm just a few years ago will soon not be enough.”  Essential reading for every parent.

January 2002 Family Readings

I Resolve, by Joe J. Christensen.  I am convinced that if we make and keep resolutions in these four areas, we will have a happier and more successful new year and every year for the rest of our lives:  Intellectually (in wisdom and knowledge); Physically (in stature); Socially (in favor with man); Spiritually (in favor with God).

Like a Flame Unquenchable, by M. Russell Ballard.  The challenge before us is great. At risk are the immortal souls of those we love. May I suggest four ways we can build a fortress of faith in our homes and particularly help prepare our youth to be clean and chaste and pure, completely worthy to enter the temple.

Strengthening Families:  Our Sacred Duty by Robert D. Hales.  “And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord” (D&C 68:25, 28).  Countless things can be done within the walls of our homes to strengthen the family. May I share a few ideas that may help identify the areas that need strengthening in our own families. I offer them in a spirit of encouragement, knowing that each family—and each family member—is unique.

Our Moral Environment, by Boyd K. Packer.  The Prophet Joseph Smith declared—and he never taught a more comforting doctrine—that the eternal sealings of faithful parents and the divine promises made to them for valiant service in the Cause of Truth, would save not only themselves, but likewise their posterity.

December 2001 Family Readings

School of Abraham Christmas Message

The Living Christ:  The Testimony of the ApostlesWe testify that He will someday return to earth. “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isaiah 40:5). He will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him. Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.

The Weightier Matters by Dallin H. Oaks  The weightier matters to which I refer are the qualities like faith and the love of God and His work that will move us strongly toward our eternal goals. In speaking of weightier matters, I seek to contrast our ultimate goals in eternity with the mortal methods or short-term objectives we use to pursue them.

A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth (the six B’s talk) by Gordon B. Hinckley  Have you ever looked at one of those 16-foot farm gates? When it is opened, it swings very wide. The end at the hinges moves ever so slightly, while out at the perimeter the movement is great. It is the little things upon which life turns that make the big difference in our lives, my dear young friends.

Thou Shalt Not Covet by Gordon B. Hinckley  As we go forward with our lives, let us remember the promise of the Lord: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33.) I bear testimony of the validity of that divine promise.

November 2001 Family Readings

The Hands of the Fathers by Jeffery R. Holland.  As a father, I wonder if I and all other fathers could do more to build a sweeter, stronger relationship with our sons and daughters here on earth.

Insights from My Life by Neal A. Maxwell.  The submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. It is a hard doctrine, but it is true.

Lessons Learned in the Journey of Life by Joseph B. Worthlin.  It is a terrible thing always to be waiting for tomorrow, always depending on tomorrow, always excusing our todays because we are sure that only in the future will we possess the things that will fulfill us.

October 2001 Family Readings

Be Not Afraid by Vaughn J. Featherstone.  The season of the world before us will be like no other in the history of mankind.

Where Much is Given, Much is Required by Boyd K. Packer.  “Brother Parker came into camp with a little boy that had been lost. Great joy through the camp. The mother’s joy I cannot describe.”  How would you, in Ann Parker’s place, feel toward the nameless woodsman had he saved your little son? Would there be any end to your gratitude?

Do Not Despair by Ezra T. Benson.  For while we know that “peace shall be taken from the earth, and the devil shall have power over his own dominion,” we are also assured that “the Lord shall have power over his saints, and shall reign in their midst.”

Blessed are the Peacemakers by Theodore M. Burton.  It is small wonder then that people everywhere yearn for peace, even when quarreling one with another.

Who’s Losing?  by Marvin J. Ashton.  The attitude with which we approach each day controls the outcome. We must be more concerned with what we do with what happens to us than what happens to us. Proper attitude toward self is an eternal pursuit. Positive personal attitude will insist that we deliver our best, even though less might seem adequate for the moment. Proper attitude demands we be realistic—even tough with ourselves and self-disciplining.

September 2001 Family Readings

Inspiring students to stand strong amid torrent of temptation by Henry B. Eyring.  “The spiritual strength sufficient for our youth to stand firm just a few years ago will soon not be enough.”  Essential reading for every parent.  Read complete transcript here.

August 2001 Family Readings

How Will Our Children Remember Us?  by Robert D. Hales.  Children naturally look to their parents to learn of the characteristics of their Heavenly Father. After they come to love, respect, and have confidence in their earthly parents, they often unknowingly develop the same feelings towards their Heavenly Father.

Rearing Children in a Polluted Environment by Joe J. Christensen.  Parents who really want to receive assistance must return to the basics—the fundamentals of the gospel. Among all that could be said, here are four specific suggestions that, if applied, can make a positive difference.

Family Work by Kathleen S. Bahr.  When they exercised their agency and partook of the fruit, Adam and Eve left their peaceful, labor-free existence and began one of hard work. Traditionally, many have considered this need to labor as a curse, but a close reading of the account suggests otherwise.

Unconditional Love:  Request for a Living Memorial A column for harried parents by Linda K. Silverman.  Childhood is usually a small part of person’s life, gradually becoming a smaller and smaller segment of life. If all goes well, the major part of the parent-child relationship is shared as two adults.  “When your children become adults, what kind of relationship do you want with them? How would you like your adult children to feel about you?

July 2001 Family Readings

The Power of Teaching Doctrine by Henry B. Eyring.  The question must be, “With so little time and so few opportunities, what words of doctrine from me will fortify them against the attacks on their faith which are sure to come?” The words you speak today may be the ones they remember. And today will soon be gone.

What Our Children are Learning by Grant E. Barton  We were searching for highly successful parents to help with future family home evening manuals and other related tasks.

The Living Christ:  The Testimony of the ApostlesWe testify that He will someday return to earth. “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isaiah 40:5). He will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him. Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.

Fresh Baked Bread (Church News).  The renovations would include purchasing new bakery equipment.  Could the machinery that was being replaced possibly be of use the monastery?

Restoring the Classical Tradition in Education by E. Christian Kopff.  Handing down the torch of human understanding is a risky business.  For our society to survive, we must escape from a rapidly imploding liberalism to a tradition of ethical reasoning that can provide the basis for consensus and progress.  And that is possible, if we return to our religious traditions.

June 2001 Family Readings

Behold Your Little Ones by Gordon B. Hinckley.  When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way.  He doesn’t stir up his earthquakes or send forth his thunderbolts.  Instead, he has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home of some obscure mother.

Miracles by Dallin H. Oaks.  How much more beautiful would be the world and the societies in which we live if every father and mother looked upon their children as the most precious of their assets, if they led them by the power of their example in kindness and love, and if in times of stress blessed them by the authority of the hold priesthood, and if they regarded their children as the jewels of their lives, as gifts from the God of heaven who is their Eternal Father, and brought them up with true affection in the wisdom and admonition of the Lord.

Justification and Sanctification by D. Todd Christofferson.  “Everyone in the Church who is on the straight and narrow path, who is striving and struggling and desiring to do what is right, though far from perfect in this life; if he passes out of this life while he’s on the straight and narrow, he’s going to go on to eternal reward in his Father’s kingdom.” (McConkie)

We Are Not Alone by Shari L. Dew.  The Lord trusted us enough to place us on stage during this pivotal era in the world’s history.  We must arise as the women we were prepared to be during aeons of premortal training.  We don’t have the luxury of living beneath ourselves or being casual about seeking the gifts of the Spirit.

May 2001 Family Readings

An Honest Man — God’s Noblest Work by Gordon B. Hinckley.  How rare a gem, how precious a jewel is the man or woman in whom there is neither guile nor deception nor falsehood!

Behold Your Little Ones  by Boyd K. Packer.  It was not intended that we stay here forever. Just for a lifetime. Little ones, you are just beginning your lifetime. Your grandparents and great-grandparents are nearly finished with theirs. It wasn’t long ago that they were little fellows and little girls just like you are now. But one day they will leave this mortal existence, and so will you.