Parents, Great is Your Responsibility

“I have a deep and abiding faith in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ. The work I’m now engaged in is the most important cause in the world. It’s all-encompassing, it’s fulfilling, and it’s challenging. And I must do my best, because I have an accountability for this stewardship.” These are the words of Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints. Prior to being called to that Quorum in 1984, Elder Nelson was a world renowned surgeon and medical researcher. Since receiving that call, his every waking moment is dedicated to serving as a special witness of Jesus Christ. He was in San Marcos February 1, 2015, at a special conference, which more than a thousand people attended, To illustrate his message, he had all the children in attendance, between ages three and eleven, stand and sing the following song, which all Latter Day Saint children learn:

“I am a child of God,
And he has sent me here,
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear.

I am a child of God,
And so my needs are great;
Help me to understand his words
Before it grows too late.

I am a child of God.
Rich blessings are in store;
If I but learn to do his will,
I’ll live with him once more.

I am a child of God.
His promises are sure;
Celestial glory shall be mine
If I can but endure.

Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.”

Ah, yes it is just such a message as one would expect from a Prophet of God, simple and to the point. Parents, great is your responsibility to raise up your children in the way they should go, and to do so, while they are yet of tender age, “before it grows too late.” Indeed,“Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3) and parents have a sacred responsibility to rear their children in love and righteousness. Should mother and father fail in this most sacred duty, they must one day answer to God for it, for the family is ordained of God.                        Like · ·