The family is central to Heavenly Fathers plan
(by Shawna Brunell)

Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness.

Adam and Eve, the first man and woman on the earth, were taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and told to teach it to their children.
Read aloud Moses 6:58
“Therefore I give unto you a commandment, to teach these things freely unto your children.”

What commandment does Jesus Christ give to parents? (To teach their children.)
Sing or say the words to “Teach Me to Walk in the Light.”
Ask the children to listen to see if they can figure out what “walk in the light” means.

We were born on this earth to learn, and Heavenly Father placed us in families so that we could learn from our parents.
Parents are commanded to help prepare us so that we can one day return to live with our Heavenly Father.

The Book of Mormon tells a story about some young men whose parents taught them to obey the commandments.
Tell the following in your own words:

Remind the children that the Lamanites who were converted to the Church called themselves Anti-Nephi-Lehies so that they would not be confused with the rest of the Lamanites. When the Anti-Nephi-Lehies were converted, they made a promise or covenant with Heavenly Father that they would not use their weapons to fight. They buried their weapons to show that they would keep their covenant.
The Nephites provided land for the Anti-Nephi-Lehies to live on and protected them from the Lamanites. The Anti-Nephi-Lehies became known for their righteousness and honesty. They gave food and clothing to help the armies of the Nephites.
Many years passed. The wicked Lamanites began to attack the Nephite lands again and take possession of some of the Nephite cities. The Nephites had trouble protecting their cities. When the Anti-Nephi-Lehies saw how hard the Nephites were fighting to protect the cities and the
Anti-Nephi-Lehies, they were very worried. The Anti-Nephi-Lehies wondered if they should break their covenant and help the Nephites fight.
A brave Nephite leader named Helaman told them not to break their covenant. He knew that it was important to keep covenants. He also knew that these righteous people had many sons who were very young at the time the covenant was made. These boys had not made the covenant with Heavenly Father, so they could help the Nephites fight to protect the cities and their parents. Two thousand of these strong young men  volunteered to fight along with Helaman.

Display picture: Two Thousand Young Warriors.

Then continue with the story.

These young men were honest and could be trusted. Their mothers had taught them to trust in Heavenly Father and obey his commandments. These young warriors knew that if they did so, Heavenly Father would protect them. Because they believed and followed the teachings of their mothers, they were not afraid to follow Helaman. They fought in many battles for the Nephites. They fought bravely and were a great help to the Nephite armies.

Read aloud for the children Alma 56:47,
“they had been taught by their mothers, that they did not doubt, God would deliver them.”

Helaman loved these young men as much as parents love their children. After one great battle, many people had been killed.
Helaman was worried that some of these young men might have been killed. When they were counted, he was happy to find that not one of them had died. Because the young men trusted in Heavenly Father and followed the teachings of their mothers, Heavenly Father had protected them from the Lamanites.

We can learn the commandments from our parents just as these young men did.
Then we should obey what we have been taught.
By teaching us about Heavenly Father’s commandments, our parents help us know what we must do to keep the covenants we make when we are baptized.

What are some of the commandments we are taught by our parents and others? (to love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, love one another, honor our parents, forgive others, be baptized, pray, pay tithing, fast, obey the Word of Wisdom, be honest, keep the Sabbath day holy, attend Church meetings, and study the scriptures.)

Heavenly Father loves each of us. Because of this love, he has commanded our earthly parents to watch over us, care for us, and teach us the right way to live.
As our parents try to live the way Heavenly Father wants them to, we can learn from them to always choose the right way.