Mindset matters; knowing who we are (identity) and who we belong to (through covenants) is the best way to improve ours. A chorus of secular and spiritual wisdom aligns with our Come Follow Me lessons and “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” where we are reminded of the heritage and potential we each have. “Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny.”

That knowledge is powerful!

“Mindsets children hold about their abilities and intelligence can set them on different trajectories of motivation and learning. … Studies of the home environment have shown that parents’ more chronic use of person or process praise predicts their children’s later mindsets. … Moreover, adults can potentially model these simple cues in responses to their own struggles and setbacks. Rather than commenting on their lack of ability, adults could draw attention to the potential to improve (e.g., “I can’t do this. . .yet!”). In fact, observing a model who struggles with a task before mastering it (compared to models who do well without struggling) led children to feel more efficacious and perform better on the task. Highlighting struggles, especially as something normal and positive in the learning process, may help children understand how their own intelligence and abilities can grow.”

Although mindsets are established in childhood, they can be improved at any point in life and Christ is a perfect model that we all have access to. No matter how old, or where we are on our journey, we can look to Him. We can pray to God to better understand His love for us, how we can improve our mindset and better understand our potential as a child of God.

“Who are we? We are children of God. Our potential is unlimited. Our inheritance is sacred. May we always honor that heritage—in every thought and deed—I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” (Russell M Nelson | Oct 1998)


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