Why Ask Why?

Have you ever asked your kids to do something and had them say, “WHY?”

...There are good reasons why God gives us commandments and standards. Elder Glen L. Pace of the Seventy said, “We have been given good, logical, and spiritual reasons to the vast majority of things we are asked or commanded to do.” (“Morality,” Ricks College Devotional, 24 September, 1991, 1). Although we know what our standards are, the problem is, sometimes we don’t know why those standards exist. This can be problematic, especially when raising or teaching teenagers, because, as sister Julie B. Beck said, youth are “in a searching age—it’s the ‘why’ age. . . . It’s leaders’ and parents’ job to give them the doctrinal ‘why’s’ and to back up standards by teaching about the reasons for them.” (Ensign, October 2007, p. 13-14). Teens ask, “Why should I be modest?” “Why can’t I have a boyfriend in high school?” “Why shouldn’t I date before I’m 16?” “Why should I fast?” “Why, why, why?”

It’s important that we understand “why.” Elder David A. Bednar said, “It concerns me as I see young people in our Church who know all the correct things they should do and do not have a clue as to why…Do we understand why? If we do not understand the why, then the power available to us through the doctrine of Christ will not be evident in our lives” (Elder David A. Bednar, “Teach Them to Understand,” June 4, 1998).”

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