Foundational Principles

I believe there are a few fundamental beliefs that must be held in order for us to fulfill our responsibilities as parents. These will help us in our perspective of the purpose of life and also help us then direct our lives and the lives of our children into the future.


If we have a belief in God then we believe that he is the Creator of all things both in Heaven and on Earth. And therefore there must be a purpose for this creation and His placing us here. We often search the scriptures, ponder and pray to find that purpose. If there is a purpose then there must be a desired outcome for us all. If there is a purpose and a desired outcome then there must be a way provided. If there is a purpose and a desired outcome and the way, a loving Father in Heaven will help us and even empower us to accomplish the purpose and achieve the outcome.

This divine design is the same for us all. And if the desired outcome is for us all to return home to that God who created us then the way is to follow Him. Romans 8:16-17  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

So I believe that our sole purpose as parents is to “Raise a Family unto the Lord”; Meaning to help them know, to help them understand, to help them follow Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven, that they too may have joy and eternal life.

The fundamentals to remember are…

1.      There is a God and a plan (Alma 18:39)

2.      We are all His children (Romans 8:16-17)(Deuteronomy 14:1)

3.      He wants us to return to Him after this life experience ( Abraham 3: 24-26)(Titus 1:2)

4.      We can achieve the goal with His help (3 Nephi 9:14)

5.      He has provided the way and the help (Alma 34:9)

6.      It is ideally from parents to children that this plan is given and taught. That is the divinely given way (D&C 68:28)

7.      We as parents have a divine nature as do our children by virtue of our first being children of Heavenly Father (Galatians 3:26)

The perspective is spiritual and eternal, not temporary or temporal.

 The perspective is that we are all upon the earth to experience things we have never before experienced and to become something that we have never before been. A new creature if you will. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

The perspective is that, aside from the number of years on this earth, we are more equals than parents and children. We are organized into a family to help one another and teach one another the Lords plan for our redemption and happiness. (2 Nephi 25:26)

The perspective is that it is our divine opportunity and responsibility to teach our children truth from our experience and knowledge and wisdom.

1 comment:

  1. I really love, and need this. I just dont know how to follow it?