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How Parents and Families Can Help

Heavenly Father has given you a sacred trust: He has sent His precious sons and daughters to your care. His work and glory is to help them return to His presence (see Moses 1:39). His plan to accomplish this work includes sacred ordinances—including the temple endowment—and spiritual milestones such as opportunities for priesthood service and a full-time mission.

Each of your children has individual responsibility for his or her own progress along the gospel path. They can and should “do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves” (D&C 58:27–28). Your responsibility is to guide, teach, support, and encourage your children in their individual efforts. For example, you can:

  • Become familiar with the doctrine and principles related to the priesthood, the temple, and missionary service. The resources in “My Role in the Work of Salvation,” which are designed for individual study, are a good place to begin. Share what you find with your children, but be careful not to overshadow or direct the study your children are doing on their own. Let them seek and follow their own inspiration.
  • Look for everyday opportunities to share your feelings, experiences, and testimony about the priesthood, the temple, and missionary service. Give your children frequent opportunities to share what they are learning (for example, during family home evening or family scripture study).
  • Live by what you are learning. Show your children, by word and deed, what it means to honor the priesthood. Attend the temple regularly, and keep the covenants you make there. Share the gospel often, and make your home a gospel-sharing home. Involve your children in these experiences as often as possible.
  • Have regular, one-on-one conversations with each of your children. Ask them about the things they are learning and experiencing in their personal study and preparation. Ask about personal worthiness, and point them to the Savior for help overcoming their weaknesses.
  • Help your children see the progress they are making. For example, when you notice them helping someone in need, point out that they are keeping their covenant to “bear one another’s burdens” (see Mosiah 18:8–10), and explain how they are preparing for additional covenants they will make in the temple.