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How can I prepare to establish a Christ-centered home?

Building the kingdom of God begins with building a righteous home and family. The family is the most important unit of the Church. As members of the Church, we should establish a home where the Spirit is present. A Christ-centered home offers us a place of defense against sin, refuge from the world, and committed, genuine love. Whether our home is large or small, it can be a “house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God” (D&C 88:119).

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and talks will help the young men prepare to establish Christ-centered homes?

1 Nephi 1:1; Enos 1:1–3; Mosiah 27:14 (The influence of righteous fathers)

Psalms 127:3; Mosiah 4:14–15; D&C 68:25–28; 88:119; 93:40 (Parents are commanded to teach and nurture their children)

The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129

Henry B. Eyring, “To My Grandchildren,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013

Richard G. Scott, “For Peace at Home,Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 29–31

David A. Bednar, “The Powers of Heaven,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 48–51

Family,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), 14–15

Video: “A Father Indeed”

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Write on the board the question from the title of last week’s lesson, and ask the young men how they would answer this question.
  • Invite the young men to describe what a home would be like if it were designed by someone who loves music (or movies or sports). What would the young men see there? What would they feel there? Then ask them what they think a Christ-centered home is like. How would it be unique? What would they see there? What would they feel there? Ask them to suggest answers to the question “How can I prepare to establish a Christ-centered home?”

Learn together

Each of the activities below can help the quorum members understand how to establish a Christ-centered home. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • As a quorum, read Mosiah 4:14–15 and make a list on the board of principles in these verses that will help the young men establish Christ-centered homes. Show the video listed in this outline. Instruct the young men to think of themselves as fathers while they watch. After the video, ask the young men to discuss what the main message is and what additional principles they learned that will help them establish Christ-centered homes. Consider adding these principles to the list on the board. Invite them to share examples of these principles from their own families or other families.
  • Ask a young man to read aloud Doctrine and Covenants 88:119 and write on the board the principles of a righteous home. Invite the young men to choose one of these principles and share ways they think this principle could be applied in a righteous home. Encourage them to share examples they have seen. What can the young men do to establish these principles in their current homes and in their future homes? As part of this discussion, invite the young men to read the section titled “Please Help My Husband Understand” from Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “The Powers of Heaven.” Ask the young men what they think it means to be a priesthood leader in the home.
  • Ask the young men to think of examples of influential fathers in the Book of Mormon (for some examples, see the scriptures suggested in this outline). Invite the young men to list some additional qualities of their fathers or other fathers they know that they would like to emulate. What is the role of fathers in building the kingdom of God? What did these fathers do that had a positive influence on their children? What can the young men do to follow their examples?
  • Ask the young men to list on the board their best advice for a couple about to be married. Divide President Henry B. Eyring’s talk “To My Grandchildren” into sections, and give the young men portions of the talk to read. Ask them to add items to the list on the board that they find in President Eyring’s talk and to discuss what they can do now to prepare to establish a Christ-centered home.
  • Divide the quorum into groups, and divide Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk “For Peace at Home” among the groups. Ask the groups to study their sections of the talk, looking for descriptions or characteristics of a Christ-centered home. Invite them to share what they find by drawing pictures of what a Christ-centered home is like. What can the young men do to help their homes be more Christ-centered now? How can they prepare to establish Christ-centered homes in the future?

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand how to establish a Christ-centered home? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Share what he is doing to prepare to establish a Christ-centered home.
  • Invite quorum members to do something that strengthens their home.