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How can my family find peace and unity?
The Book of Mormon contains fabulous, priceless advice for our families. This is especially so today, families can be so busy, loud, with lots of opinions and ideas.
I’ll focus on just one chapter, which is filled with gold.
Around 124 BC, a loving king taught his people to be fair, spiritual, and always serving others in an attitude of equality and humility. It is recorded in the book of Mosiah.
That, in itself, is one of the ways which our families can find peace and unity – listen to the words of righteous leaders. God is very present in our lives today, and other than personal revelation which you are entitled to (answers to prayers), we hear His words through His prophets.
Some claim prophets and apostles are a thing of the past; that it all ceased when the original 12 apostles of Jesus Christ died. But that is simply not the case – if it was, God would cease being God.
Come, listen to a prophet’s voice here.
The people came to hear their king speak to them. They all gathered around the temple, the literal and figurative centre of their lives, and listened. They gathered as families, and pitched their tents round about the temple, every man having his tent with the door thereof towards the temple, that thereby they might…hear the words which king Benjamin should speak unto them. (Mosiah 2:6)
That’s another thing we can do to strength our families – face the temple.
Please comment and tell me how YOU face the temple.
We are about to print photos for our home (... you heard right. Explanation later ...) and the first one to print is of the temple.
A big canvas to hang in the centre of our home.
That way, my family can be reminded that (a) our family is eternal; (b) the temple is our focus, way high on the list of priorities; and (c) we should treat our home like the temple - with respect, reverence, and quiet appreciation.
What was the main message King Benjamin taught his people at the temple? Service.
He told them that he was a mortal man, no different from them, and that they were all equal in the eyes of their Heavenly Father. Therefore, they should all serve each other - not as people serving their King – but all serve all, because when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
Could service help your family find more peace and unity?
And not just service, but thanking your family for all that they do. I say unto you that if ye should serve him who ha created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, … if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants. (Mosiah 2:22)
Another bit of gold King Benjamin gives us: Extend that attitude of gratitude to our Heavenly Father. Do we pray together as families? O how you ought to thank your heavenly King! … you should render all the thanks and praise which your whole sou has power to possess, to that God who has created you, and has kept and preserved you … (Mosiah 2:20).
God has created your family, kept them and preserved them.
If we thank Him and pray to Him together as a family, our families will be more united.
This one chapter continues, but how’s that for some family advice?
1. Listen to the words of righteous leaders as a family
2. Face the temple
3. Serve one another, and our God
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