Monday, April 21, 2014

April 2014 General Conference: Protection from Pornography—a Christ-Focused Home

Linda S. Reeves asks, "What do I want my grandchildren to know?"  Church leaders are worried about the damage pornography is causing families.

Many are drawn back to images of pornography until it becomes an addiction.  Pornography has become more vile, evil, and graphic than ever before.

How do we protect ourselves?  Filters are great tools, but the greatest filter is a deep abiding testimony.

The challenges for parents can be overwhelming.  Someone told her, "When you ask the sisters to read the scriptures and pray more, it stresses them out. They already feel like they have too much to do.”

In reaction, Sister Reeves reports that their family set new priorities.  As they prayed about how to act, the answer that came was clear: “It is OK if the house is a mess and the children are still in their pajamas and some responsibilities are left undone. The only things that really need to be accomplished in the home are daily scripture study and prayer and weekly family home evening.”

They were trying to do these things, but not always as the priority and, amidst the chaos, sometimes neglected. They changed focus to not to worry about the less-important things. The new focus became to talk, rejoice, preach, and testify of Christ by striving to daily pray and study the scriptures and have weekly family home evening.

If our children refuse to join us, we can start with ourselves.
What do I want my grandchildren to know? I want them and you to know that I know the Savior lives and loves us. He has paid the price for our sins, but we must kneel before our Father in Heaven, in deep humility, confessing our sins, and plead with Him for forgiveness. We must want to change our hearts and our desires and be humble enough to seek the help and forgiveness of those we may have hurt or forsaken.

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