Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Gospel Study - That the Lost May Be Found

Today I read Elder M. Russell Ballard’s talk, That the Lost May Be found.

I was struck by Elder Ballard’s observation about families –

“… happiness [connects] directly to the family… There is no happiness without service, and there is no service greater than that which converts the home into a divine institution…”

“… societies at large are strengthened as families grow stronger.”

“Opposite of what many had thought, prosperity and education seem to be connected to a higher likelihood of having traditional families and values.”

I admired him for bringing out the concern of causation vs correlation.

“The real question, of course, is about cause and effect. Do some sectors of our society have stronger values and families because they are more educated and prosperous, or are they more educated and prosperous because they have values and strong families?”

But of course we know that it is causation, and we know what the cause is – strong families.

“…[S]ocieties at large are strengthened as families grow stronger. Commitments to family and values are the basic cause. Nearly everything else is effect. When couples marry and make commitments to each other, they greatly increase their chances of economic well-being. When children are born in wedlock and have both a mom and a dad, their opportunities and their likelihood of occupational success skyrocket. And when families work and play together, neighborhoods and communities flourish, economies improve, and less government and fewer costly safety nets are required.”

Elder Ballard's talked about the importance of prioritizing.

"Put everything you do outside the home in subjection to and in support of what happens inside your home."
What a great measuring stick! He said to organize our personal lives so we have time for prayer and scriptures and family activity, teach your children how to work and teach them the gospel. Those are great things to prioritize as we try to get ourselves and our families organized.

What have you learned?

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