Yesterday was another full day spent learning about teaching self government. I’m still in processing mode, but I am beginning to see benefits and truthful principles begin to stand on their own and encourage me to begin to open my mind to better understand how this way of parenting could not only bless my life, but the lives of our posterity.
I wish I could share more, but I can’t right now. I’m wiped out with information overload. Thankfully I got to see my handsome 20 year old’s face tonight and talk to him briefly. I was amazed that he picked up quickly that I was doing something new and that he asked what it was (he called during the online, live class). I quickly explained to him what it was and a look of amazement came over his face.
At first I wanted to question his look, but then this sweet feeling of, “Oh mom! That’s so you to take a parenting class!” washed over me. How sweet! How encouraging!
I found some very powerful encouragement in my scripture reading this morning.
26 . . . And as surely as Christ liveth he spake these words unto our fathers, saying: Whatsoever thing ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is good, in faith believing that ye shall receive, behold, it shall be done unto you. 27 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to claim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon the children of men?
33 And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.
37 Behold I say unto you, Nay; for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is vain.Moroni 7:26-27, 33, 37
I found that when faced with doubt and questions if I can really do this, than I am not using faith. So if I need something to change in my life, I MUST trust that the Lord will help me, because I desire and seek after what is righteous and He knows what that is and is willing to teach me, if I am willing to learn.
That is what this course we are taking is all about! It’s about trying something that is based fully on true principles and letting it prove itself to be successful as it is implemented. And although we will fail multiple times implementing it, we will not fail in purpose nor affect. It’s guaranteed, if we will be faithful and believe that this kind of parenting is Christ-centered and drenched in His love and mercy. I feel it truly is. Just like His gospel.
7 Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.
9 But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred save it be given you from me.Doctrine & Covenants 9:7-9
These scriptures were all in my morning reading and they are the process I am choosing. I am learning and pondering this new course we are taking for myself, and my family, and then after I decide how I feel, I will take it to God and ask Him what He thinks and then follow what I feel He would have me do. I love this process. It isn’t easy, but it makes all my choices mine, and I love that ownership and relationship guidance from the Divine.
I also loved this sweet quote by Heinrich Pestalozzi I found in another course I am taking on the joy in motherhood. I have never heard of him before, but oh how his words make my heart swell!
I am so honored to be learning the privilege of being a parent and the art of motherhood during this uncertain time in our lives. I am grateful for these two resources and what they have been teaching me over the last few years. I can see how I prayed for help many years ago and I testify that I have been finding it.
I hope that I will continue to seek to have my knowledge increased and my heart constantly open to learn for the rest of my life. 💕