Last year I started a personal challenge to share one of the 21 principles as covered in the book by Richard G. Scott. I took a short break from this challenge when I was doing the General Conference Challenge as I felt this would get lost in all of those posts. Then I took a short break when I was in the middle of my Annual Gratitude Challenge and then my Caroling For Christmas memes as I also felt they would get lost in all of those posts. I didn’t want that to happen as this book has really touched my heart and I have felt impressed to share it with you and my own feelings about each of the principles. You can read about the other principles I have covered here. If you would like your own copy of this book, you can purchase it here. This is NOT an affiliate link, even though I do have an affiliate account with Amazon. I have chosen NOT to use an affiliate link as I don’t feel right about it in this circumstance.
“As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles,” counsels Elder Richard G. Scott. “Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances.”
“A true principle makes decisions clear even under the most confusing and challenging circumstances.”
My husband and I have always worked well together when it comes to spiritual decisions for our home. It has been a blessing to us, but it has also been something we have actively worked on together.
Back in December of 2008, I approached my husband and asked if for 2009, we could set the goal of reading scriptures daily together as a family as well as holding family prayer. He agreed that this was something we absolutely needed to do and we set that goal and then shared it with our son. There were days when one of us really didn’t want to do it, or it wasn’t convenient. However, because we had set this goal as a couple and then as a family, there was always one of us that encouraged everyone else to just do it and that it wouldn’t take very long. I am happy to say that to this day, we have never missed a single time of family scripture reading and study and family prayer. Now it is such a habit that it is just what we do.
Once we felt we had that down, I talked with my husband about upping our level of spiritual commitment and family study. I suggested that we outline a family study program for the year that included a monthly scripture to focus on and a hymn we would sing each day. I also suggested topics for our Family Home Evenings that we hold each Monday evening. This is a time where we discuss the gospel and do things as just a family. He agreed and we sat down together and planned out our year for 2013. I am happy to say that this worked very well and we really saw a difference in our home. We did this again for 2014. So far, so good. We had a wonderful Family Home Evening last night and we discussed Father and Son relationships and what Gary and Chandler can do to make their relationship even better. We agreed that they needed to have at least a monthly outing together with just the two of them. They can spend time bonding and talking about their lives and things they are facing. Hopefully this will be a time they will use to have fun and bond even more. I think they will grow even closer and cherish those times together once Chandler moves out and starts his own family.
I am thankful that I am married to a wonderful and worthy Priesthood holder of God. I am thankful that he includes me in making the Spiritual decisions for our family. I know it has made our own bond stronger and has strengthened our marriage and home and family.