Thursday Thoughts: Family Responsibilities

I missed Relief Society last week because we were traveling. We tried to go to a church, but it didn’t work out. Instead, we walked along a trail on an island in the Yellow Sea, found a shady spot, and read from the scriptures. We read part of Psalm 1, then my oldest son asked if he could read from his two favorite chapters, one of which is Ephesians 6, which begins, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right. Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” We talked about what why it was important to obey your parents, and how these verses in a broader sense meant to obey those in authority over us. We said a prayer. It wasn’t exactly church, but it was the best we could do under the circumstances.

Ironically, the Relief Society lesson (I think) was on this very subject, the subject of family responsibilities. The lesson outlines the responsibilities of fathers, mothers, and children.

“By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families” (Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).

“President David O. McKay said that motherhood is the noblest calling (see Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay [2003], 156). It is a sacred calling, a partnership with God in bringing His spirit children into the world. Bearing children is one of the greatest of all blessings. If there is no father in the home, the mother presides over the family.”

“A loving and happy family does not happen by accident. Each person in the family must do his or her part. The Lord has given responsibilities to both parents and children. The scriptures teach that we must be thoughtful, cheerful, and considerate of others. When we speak, pray, sing, or work together, we can enjoy the blessings of harmony in our families. (See Colossians 3.)”

The full lesson can be found here.



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