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Primary General Presidency Shares How and What We Should Be Teaching Our Children

"As our children learn to understand gospel doctrines, they become more self-reliant and more responsible. They become part of the solution to our family challenges and more resilient to worldly temptations. Those simple truths embedded in their hearts will allow them to see clearly who they are and will fan the fire of their faith."

As a Primary general presidency, we hold children and families close to our hearts. Our love for children has expanded and our eyes are drawn to them wherever we go —in congregations, at church, in the airports and at the grocery store.

As we observe parents, grandparents and teachers ministering to the needs of children, we remember the words of Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Clearly, those of us who have been entrusted with precious children have been given a sacred, noble stewardship, for we are the ones God has appointed to encircle today’s children with love and the fire of faith and an understanding of who they are” (“Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children,” Ensign, April 1994).

What do we teach our children?

The Lord has directed, “Bring up your children in light and truth” (Doctrine and Covenants 93:40). We are to teach our children to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost … to pray and to walk uprightly before the Lord … observe the Sabbath Day to keep it holy … to work and not be idle, and to seek the riches of eternity (see Doctrine and Covenants 68: 25-31).

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