Today’s inspiration is drawn from “Parents and Children” by President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency during October 2018.
In a world filled with constant change and challenges, there are certain principles that remain steadfast, offering guidance and comfort. President Dallin H. Oaks’ address, “Parents and Children,” delivered in October 2018, contains timeless wisdom that speaks to our hearts and calls us to action. Let’s explore this powerful message that centers on the importance of kindness and love.
President Oaks begins by reminding us that children are a divine gift from God, our “eternal increase.” In an era when some may shy away from the responsibilities of parenthood, he highlights the vital role of children in God’s plan and the need to cherish and nurture them.
President Oaks emphasizes the significance of motherhood in Latter-day Saint women’s lives. He quotes President Gordon B. Hinckley, highlighting the fulfillment and happiness that women find in their roles as mothers.
President Russell M. Nelson’s words from his address, “A Plea to My Sisters,” echo through this section. President Nelson calls upon women to make sacred covenants and become powerful instruments in God’s hands, emphasizing their unique role in God’s plan.
President Oaks shifts his focus to the younger audience, emphasizing the uniqueness of Latter-day Saint youth. He praises their understanding of God’s plan and their ability to navigate the challenges of growing up with the gospel as their guide.
President Oaks attributes the success of LDS youth to their understanding of God’s plan of happiness. He highlights their ability to make wise choices and avoid risky behaviors, even in a world filled with challenges.
President Oaks underscores the importance of divine knowledge in helping youth overcome difficulties. He reminds them that they are children of a Heavenly Father who loves and watches over them.
President Oaks offers practical counsel regarding cell phone use, addressing the growing issue of dependency and anxiety associated with these devices among youth and adults alike.
The most critical counsel given in this address revolves around kindness. President Oaks pleads with the youth and all readers to be kind to one another, emphasizing the need to avoid cruelty and meanness.
President Oaks recalls a powerful example of unkindness, highlighting the tragic consequences of persistent cruelty. He calls upon youth to be different from the world and live as true disciples of Christ.
In conclusion, President Oaks’ message is a reminder that amidst the complexities of life, kindness and love remain timeless and essential virtues. Our world needs individuals who shine as beacons of light through their compassionate actions.
As we reflect on the wisdom shared in “Parents and Children,” let us make a commitment to kindness. In our interactions with family, friends, and even strangers, let us choose to be kind, loving, and understanding. Just as President Nelson invited youth to assist in gathering Israel by exemplifying righteousness, let us gather hearts through acts of kindness.
Let us be the generation that stands out for our love and compassion. By doing so, we can make the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time. May our actions reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ, who taught us to love one another. In His name, we can be the change our world so desperately needs.
As we embrace kindness and love, we become instruments in God’s hands, bringing light to a world that often feels dark. Together, we can make a profound difference in the lives of those around us. Link to the original: Parents and Children
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