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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Call me old fashioned

I have been sick in bed for the last couple of days.  Being sick when you're a grown up isn't nearly as fun as it was as a kid.  First of all, grown ups have responsibilities.  The children have to be taken care of.  I can't just let the dog lick their faces clean and send them off to school, though it is tempting. Also, I don't have a little bell to ring when I need something, AND day time t.v for grown ups is pa-the-tic!   Even the commercials are ridiculous.

T.V. today is all about the next new thing, the snazziest (yes, I said Snazzy) way to get you to want to do something, buy something, be something.  I think I am tired of  all of the hype that's on t.v.  Who cares about the newest latest gadget/phrase/style/fad etc. etc?  Those things are all secular.  Why does so much money and advertising go toward things that have little to no value?  What about things that really matter?  Society's morals are deteriorating rapidly, and we are watching it like it's a soap opera and then ordering every infomercial during the commercial break.

So, what's my point?  The point is, we are raising the next generation.  What do we want them to be?  Do we want them to be focused on having great things, or do we want to to be great people?

As a parent I feel I have a duty to fill my children with knowledge, self worth, love, gratitude, and all the other skills necessary to have a happy and fulfilling life.  In doing so I also feel like I'm in a tug of war with the outside influences that are trying to grab a hold of my children.  And it's not just t.v.  Influences now-a-days come in so many different forms.  Does anyone else out there feel the same way?

The scriptures I have been reading lately include a close description of what I feel I need to be doing for my family.  It's really interesting.  I am reading Alma 48:7-9.  It is a story about how a wicked man named Amalickiah was trying to destroy the Nephites who were followers of God.  It reads:

 "Now it came to pass that while Amalickiah had thus been obtaining power by fraud and deceit, Moroni, on the other hand, had been apreparing the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord their God.

 Yea, he had been strengthening the armies of the Nephites, and erecting small aforts, or places of resort; throwing up banks of earth round about to enclose his armies, and also building bwalls of stone to encircle them about, round about their cities and the borders of their lands; yea, all round about the land.
 And in their weakest fortifications he did place the greater number of men; and thus he did fortify and strengthen the land which was possessed by the Nephites."
It goes on in greater detail, but I want to share this comparison with you.  I feel as though I am Moroni, trying to prepare and teach my children, the Nephites, from those who would do them harm. I feel like the temptations and evils are multiplying around us, trying every sneaky, deceitful thing they can think of to get a hold of us.  And as a mother I need to protect my home with "banks of  earth, and walls of stone" to fortify and strengthen my family.  Some days the task seems heavy, but I feel it is of extreme importance.  I hope and pray that my children will come to know what is right and what is wrong, what is important and what is trivial, and that they will be strong enough to withstand all of the evils and temptations that are placed before them.      
Being a parent is difficult.  Our children may not like us all the time, they may say and do things that are hurtful.  But they are children.  That is what children do.  We are parents.  We have a responsibility to do the difficult things.

The scriptures I shared today are not found in the Bible.  They are in the Book of Mormon, which I believe to be scripture revealed from modern day prophets.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Book of Mormon click on the link below.  There you can receive a free no obligation copy of the Book of Mormon, and also find out more about it.

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It does feel like a tug of war at times, and it is of the utmost importance.


Maria, wonderful post!!!!

I agree with you, I was off work for eight weeks due to my surgery and daytime TV is awful.

I have limited TV to a half hour per day for my daughter... am I popular? No... that is not what being a mama is about. It's about those tough choices and standing firm... Not always easy but we want to raise children with brains that can think :)


Mary and Launna thank you for your comments! I really appreciate them. You are both great moms and examples to others!

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