- Search the scriptures with diligence.
- Plan your life with purpose.
- Teach the truth with testimony
- Serve the Lord with love.
So, on to the first step. Search the scriptures with diligence. I feel like I hear this every Sunday and every General Conference. It really must be important. It's also one of those things that is hard for me to do every day. It's like visiting teaching. I feel really good when I have done it and I can see the benefit to it. I just have a hard time being consistent about it. President Monson says:
The scriptures testify of God and contain the words of eternal life. They become the foundation of our message.
They had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.
But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God.
President Monson's second point is to plan your life with purpose. This point resonated a bit with me. It seems like I see a lot of young men who are aimless. They'll get married if someone happens along, if it works out, if there isn't anything else fun to do. They might find some kind of job, but it has to be fun. They don't seem to have a plan for their lives and they don't seem to have a purpose. I mean, not every plan is going to work the way you think it will. I wasn't planning on getting married when I got married and Sis. Dew wasn't planning on not getting married. I was flexible though and when the opportunity came to get married, it was much better than the plan I had. So I changed plans. But at least I was going somewhere. And guys, if you have no direction in life, you're not very attractive. So plan your life and discover or choose a purpose.
This point also spoke to me on a mom level because along with teaching my children the scriptures, I need to help them learn how to plan their life and have a direction to shoot for. Here are some good parenting suggestions that President Monson tells us:
Preparation for a mission begins early. In addition to spiritual preparation, a wise parent will provide the means whereby a young son might commence his personal missionary fund. He may well be encouraged as the years go by to study a foreign language so that, if necessary, his language skills could be utilized.
President Monson's third point was to "teach the truth with testimony." He starts by saying:
Obey the counsel of the Apostle Peter, who urged, “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.” Lift up your voices and testify to the true nature of the Godhead. Declare your witness concerning the Book of Mormon. Convey the glorious and beautiful truths contained in the plan of salvation.
President Monson's fourth point was to serve the Lord with love. He says, "There is no substitute for love." I wholeheartedly agree. People can tell when you are being fake or insincere, but if you truly love someone, that feeling will carry over and they will be much more open to listening to any message you have to offer. This speaks to me as a mom also. If I love my children and show them my love, they will be open to listening to me and maybe even obeying. President Monson says, "...those souls whom you help to save may well be those whom you love the most." I can think of my children as my little investigators that I am teaching the gospel to. They need to feel my love and the security of a loving home. I want all my family to be with me in heaven someday. I can't imagine how sad I would be to know that I hadn't taught one of my children correctly so they were not with me. I know we can be a family forever and I hope that my children will choose to obey the commandments and feel the happiness that the gospel brings.