Maybe you remember times when your mom told you to do something, you asked her why, and she said, “Because I said so!” And you thought to yourself, “That’s not a very good reason I want to know why.” Then, once you found out, you could understand the reasoning behind her request and were more likely to obey.
This correlates with two life-changing concepts my husband and I learned while serving a mission, and they came from two members of the Quorum of the Twelve. In "Preach My Gospel," President Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve, said, “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior” (see page 19). I believe that. I saw it work. No matter what it is — when you really understand “why” you need to do something, you’ll usually do it and your behavior will change.
Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve, took it a step further by saying in a devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho that the main doctrines of the church — which he defined as key, simple salvational truths that never change — answer the “why?” question. So, when we truly understand those simple, key doctrines — the Godhead, the plan of salvation and the Atonement — we will change our behavior. And teaching the doctrine for understanding should be the basis of everything we do in the church.
On the Aug. 26 edition of “Mormon Times TV” — airing at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. — two prominent educators will show us how to use the doctrine, and more, to really teach and reach our youths. Sunday School General President Russell T. Osguthorpe and Brigham Young University instructor Brad Wilcox will be along to share four simple principles that can help make a lasting difference.
Speaking of doctrine, the Articles of Faith hold the basics — and there’s a new DVD coming out to teach them simply and creatively to young children. You’ll hear from the musical de Azevedo family, who put it all together.
Music gave Calee Reed hope when it seemed there were no answers. She’s a newer face in the recording industry and recently released an album dedicated to her mother, who lost her life to cancer. Reed will be in-studio with us to perform. You’ll also see how the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s amazing experience with a young cancer patient years ago has a good-news ending.
Plus new status for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy, a temple open house in Utah and a Utahn who reminds us of Mr. Miyagi in the 1984 classic "The Karate Kid." See how Ken Higa teaches gospel principles that lead to Eagle Scout awards, missions and black belts.
The “Mormon Times TV" show airs weekly on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on KSL-TV following the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast. (This week, the show also airs at 4 p.m.) It can also be viewed online at mormontimestv.ksl.com, where you can see past episodes. And we invite you to follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/MormonTimesTV and join in the conversation. We’re always looking for inspiring, uplifting stories that involve people of the LDS faith. If you have some ideas you’d like to share with us, drop me an email at email@example.com.
Michelle King is the host of "Mormon Times TV," which airs Sundays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on KSL. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org