Matt and I teach the 14-15 year old youth at Church. We have a new topic every month, and while Matt does most of the teaching (I make treats every week) I also have to study the lessons some what so that I can be a support in class. I need to be studying for my own good anyway so aside from my normal scripture study I also study specific topics every month.
The topis for the month of August is Marriage and Family. More specifically the lesson is on Building Family Unity. I think this is such an important topic these days, when everything tears apart the family. More and more women have to work outside the home, which keeps them from their children. So many people have their kids in so many activities that they are never home to be with their families.
Marvin J. Ashton said "Be one who nurtures and builds. Be one who has an understanding and forgiving heart, who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.
I really liked this quote because, while it is rather general, these are the basic qualities one needs to have great relationships with those around them. The people you should always want around you is your family. That's what god wants for us as well, being our Heavenly Father.
Marvin J. Ashton gave a talk on Family Communication which was recorded in the May 1976 Ensign, in which he says "Communications in the family will often be a sacrifice because we are expected to use our time, our talent, and our patience to impart, share, and understand. Too often we use our communication periods as occasions to tell, dictate, plead or threaten. Nowhere in the broadest sense should communication in the family be used to impose, command, or embarrass."
I feel like all I do with my kids is to tell, dictate, and plead with my kids for compliance in the expectations I have for them. I feel like everyone needs to work on communication in one way or another. Matt and I have great communication with each other. With the kids not so much.
I hope through all of my study I can improve my life and hopefully be of help to Matt with our lesson this week.
This was our treats for the week. I got the idea over here, on Marci Coombs site