An Introduction to the Gospel at Home series
Recently Sarah and I were both asked to speak in our church meetings about how we learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ at home. We prepared our talks separately from each other but ended up having some very similar thoughts to share. We both were raised in homes where we were taught about Jesus Christ by parents who were faithful. We had different experiences growing up, but each of us was set on a faithful path by how our parents raised us.
As we have started our own family, we have tried to also raise our children as disciples of Jesus Christ. We copied many things that we learned from our parents and also made some of our own adjustments. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to share some sections of our talks in the hopes that it can be helpful to someone.
We don’t have all (or even most) of the answers! But we hope that this may help some of you in some small way. If it does help and especially if you have extensions of these ideas, please leave us a comment!
Inspiration for this Series
In 2018, before any of us expected to spend months separated from communities, Russell M. Nelson, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints taught us the following:
“The long-standing objective of the Church is to assist all members to increase their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and in His Atonement, to assist them in making and keeping their covenants with God, and to strengthen and seal their families. In this complex world today, this is not easy. The adversary is increasing his attacks on faith and upon us and our families at an exponential rate. To survive spiritually, we need counterstrategies and proactive plans.
“For many years, Church leaders have been working on an integrated curriculum to strengthen families and individuals through a home-centered and Church-supported plan to learn doctrine, strengthen faith, and foster greater personal worship.
“We are each responsible for our individual spiritual growth. And scriptures make it clear that parents have the primary responsibility to teach the doctrine to their children.”Opening Remarks, Russel M. Nelson, Oct 2018