Helping Family Members Live the Gospel
“Helping Family Members Live the Gospel,” Family Home Evening Resource Book, (1997),236
Sometimes we think that some five-second formula or recipe will effectively change a family member’s behavior. Long-term change, however, comes only from living correct principles. The Lord told priesthood bearers how the power and influence of the priesthood should be used (see D&C 121:41–46). We can use some of the things he mentioned, such as persuasion, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, and love unfeigned to teach and guide our children and others. In contrast, using sarcasm, intimidation, force, impatience, irritability or anger, harshness, and pride will neither teach children proper values nor help them change their behavior. In fact, we know that it is Satan, not Heavenly Father, who wants us to use force and hostility.
We can learn to be better parents by studying the scriptures to see how Heavenly Father deals with his children. We can also learn how not to act by observing Satan’s methods. What can you learn from the following chart to help you be a better parent and spouse?^ Back to top