This morning I took a child to a court mandated class. Said child is very angry with me that I requested the class. No kind words were issued this morning. Sometimes parenting seems so lonely. I can’t tell you how reassuring reading this chapter was this morning.
Seriously, though, I was moved by how much King Benjamin loved the scriptures, and how important he felt they were. The same promises are extended to us today.
Prior to addressing his people, Benjamin gathered his sons together and taught them by way of personal testimony about prophets and prophecy, scripture and obedience. He also taught them to love the Lord, and “many more things” which are not recorded in the Book of Mormon (see Mosiah 1:18). This sacred responsibility to teach our families first and foremost lies on the shoulders of every parent, regardless of what teaching responsibility he or she has in the Church or community. The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve have declared: Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness... [they] will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations’ (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” _Ensign_, Nov. 1995, 102)”
Knowing he would soon die, King Benjamin asked his sons to make a proclamation to the people. The people were to gather as families at the temple, with their tent doors facing the temple, so they could hear the words King Benjamin knew were important for them to hear (see Mosiah 1:10-14; 2:16). Because the crowd was so large that they would not all be able to hear, King Benjamin made plans so his words could be written and carried to the entire multitude (see Mosiah 2:7-8). Good parents prepare their surroundings, so that the Spirit of the Lord can dwell in their homes, and so that each and every person can benefit from the spirit in the home.
I thinking Benjamin is an example to his sons of gospel living. He labored in service side by side with them, and he had been supported by the hand of God. Parents can bring life and energy to every message and every teaching moment by sharing personal experiences, but more importantly by practicing what they preach.
It is hard to have a gospel centered home some days. Some days I feel succeed and some days I feel like fail. I love the next chapters were King Benjamin teaches of Christ’s suffering and the atonement, the role of justice and mercy, and the need to make covenants.
What did you think/learn today?