Can we be saved in ignorance? Can our children? Can we be responsible for what we don’t know? Are our children accountable for what we haven’t taught them?
Those are the kinds of questions that can keep a parent up at night. The simple truth could seem harsh, but the reality is, we aren’t left alone in our responsibilities.
This week’s lesson is a clear admonition to “Teach these things freely unto your children.” Supported by what we learn in Paragraph 6 of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” It says, “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.” And continues, “Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.”
What is most important to teach the rising generation?
Our prophet has said, “We begin by learning about Him. ‘It is impossible for [us] to be saved in ignorance.’ (D&C 131:6) The more we know about the Savior’s ministry and mission—the more we understand His doctrine and what He did for us—the more we know that He can provide the power that we need for our lives.” President Nelson|April 2017
Especially precious are the doctrines of:
FAITH – who we have it in and our relationship to Him
REPENTANCE- how and why
BAPTISM- as an act of obedience and stepping on to the covenant path
receiving the HOLY GHOST – to assist us in staying on the covenant path
(see Moses 6:50–52, 60)
Therein lies the plan for what we begin to teach, and an answer for the power that enables us to do it.