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"Hope is never lost." Don't give up!
#LDSConf   #elderholland  
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The family is the bedrock of a successful society. We need to Strengthen our families as a refuge against the buffeting of Satan.
Bonds between husband and wife are so firmly planted in history and experience that we often take them for granted. Read more in "Homage to the Home: Why Society Needs Strong Families" http://bit.ly/1b6DJFL #lds #mormon #family
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+Kathryn Skaggs has been doing great work on strengthening the family on her blog. Head over there and read the articles and interact with her.
Here's the latest Family Proclamation Celebration post on WBMW. Stay-tuned for today's... I'll post a bit later. 

And if you haven't taken the time to read what my guest writers' have had to say about the Proclamation, yet, for heaven's sake DO! The new video that was made of our Celebration ROCKS! (You'll probably want to share it.) ♥

#family   #video   #LDS   #Mormon  
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The book of Mormon has been a support to me during my greatest struggles. A study and application of the principles found in the Book of Mormon will heal families, communities, and nations.
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I love The Book of Mormon. I cherish it. It is a true and historical account of the rise and fall of both individuals and nations who inhabited this American continent. It provides me with personal, everyday reminders of what I need to do to keep from repeating the mistakes of my past. It will do the same for anyone else who takes the time to read it.  
For those interested in politics, it contains the answers we are looking for to maintain the freedom and prosperity of this nation. I admonish anyone who is interested in saving this country from the historical downfalls other great civilizations have suffered to carefully read and ponder it's message. 
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I also add my testimony that Jesus is the Christ. He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.
"We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God." —The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles
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Being that today is Fast Sunday, this question is for the leaders.  Are you as leaders in your ward/stake going to or did you let the other members know what your testimony is?   High Priest Group Leader, Elders Quorum President, Relief Society Pres, do your members know what your testimony is about the gospel?  When was the last time you shared it?
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We are hearing a lot of young men feel that the members do not want them in their home doing home teaching.  How are you encouraging the Young Men (Teachers and Priests) to do their home teaching?
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Elders Quorum Presidents and High Priest Group leaders.  What are you doing to encourage Home Teaching in your Wards/Branches?  What are you doing to encourage temple attendance?  How effective has it been?
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This is what we are working on as a Sunday School Presidency in my ward.
Teaching the Gospel in the Home

No success in the world can compensate for failure in the home.

The Book of Mormon starts out by telling us how important it is for us to teach the gospel in the home. “I, Nephi, having been aborn of bgoodly cparents, therefore I was dtaught somewhat in all the learning of my father;”

Alma's father was a Prophet and he taught the gospel to his children in the home. Despite being brought up in the gospel Alma the Younger used his agency to rebel against his father and the gospel. Alma went so far as to go with his friends and try to destroy everything his father was trying to build up. Each of us have our agency here on earth and we can't force our children to choose the right. All we can do is follow the example of Alma. We need to teach our children the gospel in the home and then pray for them that they will follow the things that they have been taught. We cannot force them to live the gospel, but we can show them love and compassion no matter what course they choose.

Play a quote from President Faust’s talk. The quote starts at 4:45 and goes to 6:05. 
https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2003/04/dear-are-the-sheep-that-have-wandered?lang=eng&media=video
I believe and accept the comforting statement of Elder Orson F. Whitney:
“The Prophet Joseph Smith declared—and he never taught more comforting doctrine—that the eternal sealings of faithful parents and the divine promises made to them for valiant service in the Cause of Truth, would save not only themselves, but likewise their posterity. Though some of the sheep may wander, the eye of the Shepherd is upon them, and sooner or later they will feel the tentacles of Divine Providence reaching out after them and drawing them back to the fold. Either in this life or the life to come, they will return. They will have to pay their debt to justice; they will suffer for their sins; and may tread a thorny path; but if it leads them at last, like the penitent Prodigal, to a loving and forgiving father’s heart and home, the painful experience will not have been in vain. Pray for your careless and disobedient children; hold on to them with your faith. Hope on, trust on, till you see the salvation of God.”

As Alma was in pain he remembered his father telling him about the Savior who would atone for the sins of man and was capable of taking away pain. 
The Spirit was able to bring these lessons from his father to his mind. 
"behold, I remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God, to atone for the sins of the world.

18 Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death." Alma 36:17-18

In an interview that President Hinckley gave in 2000 he said the following: “"“We have a family home evening program once a week [Monday night] across the Church in which parents sit down with their children. They study the scriptures. They talk about family problems. They plan family activities and things of that kind. I don’t hesitate to say if every family in the world practiced that one thing, you’d see a very great difference in the solidarity of the families of the world” (interview, Boston Globe, 14 Aug. 2000)."

Proverbs 22:6
"6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Mosiah 4:15
"15 But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another."

2 Nephi 25:26
"26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins."

In the April 2011 General Conference Richard J Maynes taught the following: "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 have prayer. 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.

The responsibility for establishing a Christ-centered home lies with both parents and children. Parents are responsible to teach their children in love and righteousness. Parents will be held accountable before the Lord in how they perform their sacred responsibilities. Parents teach their children with words and through example.

I testify that as we teach and study the gospel in our homes that our children will feel the Holy Spirit and learn to follow its promptings. If we hold regular gospel study in our homes our children will remember the lessons that they are taught and the Spirit will work on them and bring them back into the fold.
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This is a moving and powerful witness of the Divinity of Jesus Christ.
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