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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 women prepare to establish Christ-centered homes?

Ezekiel 16:44 (The importance of a mother’s example)

Psalms 127:3; 2 Nephi 25:26; Mosiah 4:14–15; D&C 68:25–28; 88:119; 93:40 (Parents are commanded to teach and nurture their children)

Alma 53:20–21; 56:47–48 (Helaman’s stripling warriors were taught by their mothers)

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

L. Tom Perry, “Becoming Goodly Parents,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 26–28

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

Video: “Motherhood: An Eternal Partnership with God”

Video: “A House of Order, a House of God”

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

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

  • Invite the young women to describe what they think a Christ-centered home is like. 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?”
  • Ask the young women what they think the role of mothers is in building the kingdom of God. Invite them to think about their own mothers and other mothers they know and share some of the qualities they have that the young women would like to emulate (for examples of qualities, see Proverbs 31:10–31). 

Learn together

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

  • Divide the class into three groups, and assign each group to read one of the following scripture passages: Mosiah 4:14–15, Alma 53:20–21, 56:47–48. Invite the young women to make a list on the board of principles in these verses that will help them establish Christ-centered homes. Show one or both of the videos listed in this outline. Suggest that the young women think of themselves as mothers while they watch. After each video, ask the young women 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 the young women 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 women 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.
  • Read as a class the five things parents can do to create stronger family cultures as described in Elder L. Tom Perry’s talk “Becoming Goodly Parents.” Ask each young woman to choose one of Elder Perry’s suggestions and share an example she has seen of families practicing the suggestion and how doing so helps establish a Christ-centered home. Ask the young women to read the last seven paragraphs of the talk and share reasons establishing a strong family culture is important. What can the young women do now to establish a strong family culture in their homes?
  • Why are patterns important? What is the pattern that Heavenly Father has given us for establishing a Christ-centered home? (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” paragraph 7). What can the young women do now to prepare to build a home and family according to this pattern? Ask the young women what they would say to someone whose family situation does not match Heavenly Father’s pattern. Invite them to read the last paragraph of “Family” in For the Strength of Youth for some ideas.
  • Divide the class 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 women 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 women to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand how to establish a Christ-centered home? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this topic?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Help their parents by being a positive influence in their homes now.
  • Identify good mothers they know, learn from them, and follow their examples.