Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President gave a talk titled Stay on the Path during the Saturday morning session of General Conference. From her talk:
“No child needs to walk the path alone so long as we speak freely to our children of the plan of salvation. Understanding the plan will help them hold to the truths that they are children of God and He has a plan for them, that they lived with Him in the premortal existence, that they shouted for joy to come to this earth, and that through the Savior’s help, we all can return to our Heavenly Father’s presence. If they understand the plan and who they are, they will not fear.”
“When we are holding tight to the iron rod, we are in a position to place our hands over theirs and walk the strait and narrow path together. … We do not need to be perfect—just honest and sincere. … When a parent says, “We can do it! We can read the scriptures daily as a family,” the children will follow!”
“The world will teach our children if we do not, and children are capable of learning all the world will teach them at a very young age. What we want them to know five years from now needs to be part of our conversation with them today.”
Alright, I’ll admit that this talk was hard to listen to. Not because of the message it contained, but because Sister Wixom has one of those voices that is just sickly sweet. I am very glad, however, that I took the opportunity to go back and read it because it does contain a simple yet strong message.
As parents, it is our responsibility to teach our children about the Plan of Salvation and the best way to do that is to live it and set an example of staying on the correct path from the beginning. If we don’t teach them, the world will, and quite frankly I am scared of what my children can learn from the world.
It is also very reassuring to hear that we can’t expect ourselves to be perfect. But, if we are making an honest and sincere effort than we will see the benefits.