There is a Better Way
In the course of our lives, we will have the ability to influence hundreds if not thousands of people. The impact will be the greatest on those we have direct stewardship over - our children. They will look to us for a righteous example for everything from housework to gospel worship. Then they will, in turn, become the righteous mentor for their siblings, friends, and even us.
In society today there is often a search for what can be funny - even at the expense of others. If a laugh can be had, then consequences be hanged. It takes true courage to stand up for what is right and better. In our homes, we have the great opportunity to teach what is right and practice the courage to engage in it.
Sometimes we may think we are not qualified to truly influence in God's way. It is a lie when we think that. We have the power! We were given it when we became parents, sisters, brothers, friends. All we have to do is continue to go to the Source of that power for guidance and strength.
“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
“Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
“Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands. …
“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”
Here Paul is counseling his younger companion, Timothy. He exhorts him to act as a believer even though he is young. Henry B. Eyring applied the thought to us:
Paul gave good counsel for all of us. Don’t worry about how inexperienced you are or think you are, but think about what, with the Lord’s help, you can become.
I hope you enjoy this video. It tells the powerful but simple story of two boys, one older and one younger, who have a choice that will impact a man either temporarily in jest or eternally in love. Please share it with those who you have influence over. It's message is timely for us and our children. Happy Sabbath!
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