I liked this article. My mom did a wonderful job. She tried getting family
prayers and scripture study together every night. There would be stretches
where we, and specifically I, did not make it easy. There were periods where it
was harder to be consistent. However, she always revamped her tactics and tried
again. An attempted Family Home Evening, with the enticements of treats, seemed
to work great. Expectations to pay tithing and to fast while I was young helped
greatly. I don't think there is one right way for parents to teach their
children of Christ but I do believe a consistent and loving effort is essential.
I won't forget the nights I tried to skip out on prayer and my mom brought the
family into my room, while I was already laying in my bed. Other nights we
invaded my brother's or sister's room.During high school I got into
philosophy. I loved making connections between ways of thoughts. My mom would
sincerely listen to my rumblings of how I thought the world worked. I look back
now and think how naive some of my thoughts were but my mom listened and the
conversations often turned to the gospel. She bore her testimony through simple
conversation and I did the same. It never seemed awkward, it was just normal.
I love my mom for this.My mom's greatest gift was her continually
changing her life to become more like the Savior. She made the gospel her life.
There was not a better gift she could have given me.
We occasionally meet non-Christian but highly principled parents who tell the
stories of Christ simply because they are the best stories they have ever found
to teach certain values.Prehaps while we are teaching our children
about Christ, We should also teach them about other faiths and the good in them
also. If Non-Christians who are highly pricinpled can teach about Christ, why
can't Highly pricinpled Christains (Mormoms)share the teachings of Buddha or the
Islamtic Prophet Mohammed with their children? I think the world would be a much
better place if we taught that other, even non-Christianfaiths have value too.