Five ways to help your children become independent

The following list is found in the March 2012 Ensign:

  1. Look for opportunities to allow your children to do things for themselves, even if it means more work for you.
  2. Teach your children to work.
  3. Teach your children that choices have consequences.
  4. Stand up and be courageous.
  5. Allow your children to have heartaches and setbacks.

Loving others as ourselves

In Sacrament meeting this past Sunday, one of the speakers brought up what Jesus referred to as the second great commandment

“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt 22:39).

He mentioned that the key to loving others is being able to love ourselves first, which is a good point and one I had not seriously considered before.

If we are too hard on ourselves (don’t like the way we look, or our physical limitations, or lack of abilities), then what does that say about our ability to love others? If we hate ourselves, then does that mean our love for others will mean too little?

Can we save ourselves? Aaron doesn’t think so.

I have come across many Mormons who seem to think we are saved by our works. Often, while discussing this idea with me, they use 2 Ne 25:23 as support for their position

For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.

I guess one interpretation of this could be that we partly save ourselves, then Jesus does the rest.

I came across Alma 22:14 the other day, which seems to paint a differnet picture:

since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins

Aaron teaches that it is impossible for us to do anything on our own, and the only redemption we can receive is through Christ.

I think Paul may have been onto something when he wrote in Ephesians 2 that it is “by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”

Which brings us back to Nephi’s words in my first quote. What does he mean when he says we are saved by grace after all we can do if we can merit nothing of ourselves? What is “all we can do”?

Steven E. Snow appointed new church historian

Elder Steven E. Snow, who has served as a member of the presidency since 2007, has been appointed Church historian and recorder, succeeding Elder Marlin K. Jensen, who will receive emeritus status at the October 2012 general conference. The First Presidency explained that the change was effective immediately in order to enable these Brethren to “begin working together for several months in order to effect a smooth transition in directing Church history matters.”

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