Last week, I was asked to share a short post for ScriptureLight on Instagram, and I thought I would share it here as well. The Topic I was asked to write about was a short lesson on parenting I had learned from the scriptures or what I wish I would have known when I first became a mother. What a great reminder writing this was for me.
I wish I would have realized sooner that the scriptures really are the ultimate parenting manual. One experience that taught me this was at a time when our children seemed to be constantly arguing, and nothing I had tried seemed to be working. One day as I was praying and wondering what to do, I was led to 4 Nephi 1:15: “And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people,” and to Alma 31: 5: ” And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just–yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword or anything else, which had happened unto them–therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.” I had my answer. The most important thing I could do was to teach my children to love God. Their behavior would be changed more by learning the gospel and loving their Savior than anything else I could try or teach them. I’m so thankful for the scriptures, and for the peace and knowledge they bring to my life.