Young Men Lesson 10: Family Unity
Manual 1; Excerpt from "More Diligent and Concerned at Home," by David A. Bednar
February 24, 2012
"We can become more diligent and concerned at home as we are more faithful in learning, living, and loving the restored gospel of Jesus Christ." - David A. Bednar
• What are some blessings of family unity that you have seen in your own family or in other families?
• What can you do at home to be a more cooperative family member?
Excerpt from "More Diligent and Concerned at Home," by Elder David A. Bednar, October 2009 General Conference:
We can begin to become more diligent and concerned at home by telling the people we love that we love them. Such expressions do not need to be flowery or lengthy. We simply should sincerely and frequently express love.
Brethren and sisters, when was the last time you took your eternal companion in your arms and said, “I love you”? Parents, when was the last time you sincerely expressed love to your children? Children, when was the last time you told your parents that you love them?
Each of us already knows we should tell the people we love that we love them. But what we know is not always reflected in what we do. We may feel unsure, awkward, or even perhaps a bit embarrassed.
As disciples of the Savior, we are not merely striving to know more; rather, we need to consistently do more of what we know is right and become better.
We should remember that saying “I love you” is only a beginning. We need to say it, we need to mean it, and most importantly we need consistently to show it. We need to both express and demonstrate love.
President Thomas S. Monson recently counseled: “Often we assume that [the people around us] must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know. … We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us” (“Finding Joy in the Journey,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2008, 86).
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