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Published: Sunday, Aug. 5 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

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garybeac
Chapel Hill, NC

And yet one in three boys and one in five girls from active families leave the Church for at least some time. And it is my impression that those who keep attend meetings and go through all the motions but don't somehow find their own testimonies on their own are not great strengths to the Church. We can no more control the course of our children's spiritual life than we can control the weather. But we should still try, for our own sakes as much as their. Honestly and openly letting your kids see you try is the most important thing you can do. Trying is a struggle, so if you're not struggling, you should rethink your efforts. Asking the questions to which you don't have the answers is more important than driving home the answers you have or think you have. Find your doubts and share them. If you are not growing with your kids, they will not see how to grow.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

garybeac makes a good point. Its okay not to be perfect, and in fact, children also do better seeing first hand how to repent and that it isn't a sign of weakness. Not that we should commit whoredoms and then repent so our children can. There were several times when my father apologized to me because he had been a bit over zealous in responding to an incident. From his example, I knew that it was okay to admit a mistake and to correct it.

As we try to teach our children we also recognize that much of their gospel instruction is not found in formal "teaching" settings. Much of what they learn is a result of us "going through the motions." That is not to say that we don't have testimonies, we do, but by simply going to church every week, even when we are tired, by fasting on Fast Sunday, trying to magnify our callings; etc., our children somehow notice that our 'routines' seem to have something to do with our family unity and happiness.

Sometimes I think the most important thing is to just live the gospel.

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