LDS Primary general presidency addresses women at BYU conference

Published: Sunday, May 5 2013 9:01 p.m. MDT

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, general president of the Primary, center. Sister Jean A. Stevens, left, and Sister Cheryl A. Esplin.

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"It is the small things we do that bring our children to the Savior," Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said during Women's Conference at BYU on May 2.

"When our focus is on Jesus Christ, we clear away the rubble that obscures the path, and we build a foundation for our families on the rock of our Redeemer. The winds will blow and the mighty storms will beat upon us, but we will not fall."

Sister Wixom and her counselors, Sister Jean A. Stevens and Sister Cheryl A. Esplin, focused on three building blocks — prayer, scriptures and the temple — that strengthen the foundation of homes.

The power of personal and family prayer

"Our Heavenly Father isn't concerned with how clever, brilliant, rich or famous we are," said Sister Esplin. "He loves us because we are his children. He has given us a lifeline to him — it's called prayer."

Prayer is essential in building a Christ-centered life and a Christ-centered home, she taught.

"We all know that the reality of bringing a family together for family prayer is not always easy with the different schedules and activities of family members, but when we make it a priority, we will find a way to make it happen that works best for us," said Sister Esplin.

Drawing from the words of President Spencer W. Kimball, Sister Esplin said, "In the past, having family prayer once a day may have been all right. But in the future it will not be enough if we are going to save our families."

As little children consistently and regularly experience prayer in their families, they learn quickly that there is one to whom they can always turn for help.

"We can pray anytime, anywhere," she said. "We have been promised that through having regular prayer, our family members will draw nearer to God and to each other. Our home will be a place of spiritual strength, a refuge from the evil influences of the world."

The power of searching the scriptures

Quoting from Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve, Sister Wixom said, "Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high."

Those packets of light illuminate minds and help build a foundation upon the "rock of our Redeemer," she taught. They testify of Jesus Christ, and through the power of the Holy Ghost, individuals come to know Him as they read.

"When reading the scriptures becomes a daily habit, we are drawn to searching them and we love them," she said. "Like one woman said, 'Then comes the moment when obedience turns to thirst and hunger.'"

President Thomas S. Monson has said, "If you will study the scriptures diligently, your power to avoid temptation and to receive direction of the Holy Ghost in all you do will be increased" (Messages from President Thomas S. Monson, pg. 43).

"Our families are all different, and so are the circumstances within each one of our homes," she said. "We might think, 'It is easier for others to read the scriptures as a family than it is for our family.'"

Sharing the examples of things that sometimes get in the way mdash; a large age span of children, different schedules, or a husband leaving for work every day before the children are awake — Sister Wixom recognized that all families are different.

"Having the scriptures in our homes today is one thing, but actually opening them and searching them and applying them to our lives is another," she said.

Through reading the scriptures, families will increase the spirit of the Holy Ghost in their home.

The power of the temple

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