A Christ-Centered Home

Today my thoughts reference  the talk from April 2011 General Conference, “Establishing a Christ-Centered Home”,  addressed by Elder Richard J. Maynes Of the Seventy where he addresses the principle of eternal families as an essential element in Heavenly Father’s plan.  The doctrine that families can be together forever not only here on earth but also eternally.  Heavenly Father is our father here on earth but also the father of our spirits.

“We understand and believe in the eternal nature of the family. This understanding and belief should inspire us to do everything in our power to establish a Christ-centered home….

The principle of eternal families is an essential element in Heavenly Father’s great plan for His children. Fundamental to that plan is the understanding that we have a heavenly family as well as an earthly family. The Apostle Paul teaches us that Heavenly Father is the father of our spirits:

“That they should seek the Lord … and find him, …

“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; … For we are also his offspring.” 1

Even our children learn this basic principle in the Primary song “I Am a Child of God”.  This was a recent  theme for the year in our ward Primary.  Learning and understanding this principle is so critical during the developmental years of life and should be established early on in the marriage to build a strong and stable foundation for all members of the family.  We can do this in so many ways by holding weekly family home evenings, daily prayers and scripture reading, attending sacrament meetings together every Sunday.

“Recognizing that we have a heavenly family helps us understand the eternal nature of our earthly families. The Doctrine and Covenants teaches us that the family is fundamental to the order of heaven: “And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory.” 3 “

Elder Maynes references Alma to emphasize the importance of the family and the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ,

“…The ancient prophet Alma calls God’s plan for His children “the great plan of happiness.” 4 The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, whom we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators, have offered us this inspired counsel with regard to happiness and family life: “The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.” 5

This happiness spoken of by Alma and more recently by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will most surely be found in the home with family. It will be found in abundance if we do everything in our power to establish a Christ-centered home.”

Elder Maynes goes on to explain that understanding the eternal nature of our families is so critical especially in these days where we are challenged by so many adversarial objectives by Satan which includes various “weapons he uses to attack …… selfishness, greed, and pornography.”   He goes on the say,

“…We learned that our children might not remember everything about the family home evening lesson later in the week, but they would remember that we held it. We learned that later in the day at school they would probably not remember the exact words of the scriptures or the prayer, but they would remember that we did read scriptures and we did haveprayer. Brothers and sisters, there is great power and protection for us and our youth in establishing celestial traditions in the home.

Learning, teaching, and practicing the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our homes helps create a culture where the Spirit can dwell. Through establishing these celestial traditions in our homes, we will be able to overcome the false traditions of the world and learn to put the needs and concerns of others first…..”

We, as parents, are responsible for establishing and maintaining “celestial traditions” in the home – a Christ-centered environment.  We are held accountable for our children and how they will carry on these important responsibilities in life.  We are their example so it is important that we uphold Heavenly Father’s plan so that our children will not be lost but rather embraced by the gospel of our savior Jesus Christ.

  1. 1.  Acts 17:27–28.
  2. 2. “I Am a Child of God,” Hymns, no. 301.
  3. 3.  Doctrine and Covenants 130:2; see also Robert D. Hales, “The Eternal Family,” Ensign, Nov. 1996, 64.
  4. 4.  Alma 42:8.
  5. 5. “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Liahona and Ensign,Nov. 2010, 129.

2 Responses to “A Christ-Centered Home”

  1. Nancy Says:

    I would like to submit a very short story from my childhood, how do I do that?

    • portsmouthwardwomen Says:

      Just give it to me or one of the other members of the presidency and we will put it on for you and you will be a guest contributor.

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