Paragraph 6 of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” teaches us that “Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live.“
These duties are an important part of building Zion in our homes and beyond. But sometimes they aren’t fun. The struggle can lead to becoming “weary in well-doing” which this week’s “Come, Follow Me” lesson cautions against.
This week’s lesson also reminds us of some ways to avoid becoming “weary” and focusing instead on the “small things” that build the foundation of Zion.
For instance, the Lord doesn’t require us to be perfect, instead, “of you it is required to forgive,” (D&C 64:10). He also requires “the heart and a willing mind” (verse 34) along with patience and diligence, which means giving things time and not giving up.
Another way to avoid weariness in doing good is avoiding comparison. Comparing a supposed “easiness of the way” to the reality of mortality can manufacture discontent within us.
“We live in a world that feeds on comparisons, labeling, and criticism. Instead of seeing through the lens of social media, we need to look inward for the godly attributes to which we each lay claim. These godly qualities and longings cannot be posted on Pinterest or Instagram.”
Elder W. Craig Zwick (“Lord, Wilt Thou Cause That My Eyes May Be Opened” Oct 2017 General Conference).
These godly qualities are what build Zion, in our homes and beyond.