Mormon Parenting: Teaching children about Christ, Part 2

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  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    March 22, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    Last winter the Primary class of 10 year-olds that I taught proclaimed that we are NOT Christians but Mormons. Their parents were shocked to hear that.

    Then again, these families read the Book of Mormon with their children each year. How can the kids NOT associate with Mormon?

    We read the Book of Mormon as a family once every three years. Then we read the New Testament, so our kids can see the Savior in action, then we read the Doctrine and Covenants so they can hear the Savior's words to the early church.

    We can't assume our children know who Christ is unless we tell them with words, and emphasize, especially in this political climate, that we ARE Christians!

  • donn layton, UT
    March 16, 2012 5:29 p.m.

    Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become Children of God(John 1:12)

    Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so, Dr. Barth said to a reporter who once asked Dr. Barth if he could summarize what he had said in all those volumes and volume of Life and faith.
    Pope Pius XII described him as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    March 16, 2012 1:25 p.m.

    For me the great challenge isn't teaching Christ, but teaching my children to understand their fallen nature in relation to Christ. They inherently love Christ, but as they descend into the carnal world, collide with others, hurt each other, experience pain and suffering, this inherent love and understanding is assaulted by the cruelty of the world they live in. Understanding that our Heavenly Father has a Plan that supercedes every cruel and difficult moment, helps anchor children's inherent love of the Savior. It requires an understanding therefore of the restored Gospel so that they can keep their love of Christ, and their love of Christ is what enlivens the Gospel. They both depend on each other; therefore in your poll I'd choose D.

  • IrishLDS Castleknock, Dublin
    March 16, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Indeed, the gospel is so simple that it is viewed as 'foolishness' by those who can only see with their natural eyes. The mysteries are those simple truths which can only be understood by revelation. Of course, revelation also expands the mind and heart. The complication comes by looking beyond the mark and seeking for things we cannot understand - i.e. when we leave the realm of revelation and try to lean on our own understanding instead.

    Most deep doctrine is really simple and most simple doctrine is beautifully deep. What would you expect when you speak about the doctrine of God or the doctrine of Christ? Just as he is lamb and lion, so he is also simple and deep. The gospel is just a reflection of his own character.

    March 16, 2012 1:18 a.m.

    Love the puzzle example. The gospel is very simple, yet very deep and profound.