Young Women Lesson 12: Maturing and Growing in Self-Reliance, Part 2
Manual 1; Excerpt from "Strengthen Home and Family," by Mary N. Cook
March 09, 2012
"The Lord is depending on you to assist in the exaltation of your eternal family." -Mary N. CookDiscussion Questions
• How can we strengthen our relationships with our parents?
• How can we keep our parents’ trust?
• How can we keep Heavenly Father’s trust?
Excerpt from "Strengthen Home and Family" by Sister Mary N. Cook, October 2007 General Conference:
Each Sunday, from Mongolia to Manchester to Mississippi, the young women of the Church repeat these inspired words: “We will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation” (“Young Women Theme,” Young Women Personal Progress [booklet, 2001], 5).
While this is the Young Women theme, it applies to all youth in the Church. I hope I can help you, my young brothers and sisters, understand how powerful your individual actions can be in strengthening your home and family, no matter what your circumstances. I understand, for example, that many of you may be the only member of the Church in your family.
For the Strength of Youth reminds us that “being part of a family is a great blessing. … Not all families are the same, but each is important in Heavenly Father’s plan” ([pamphlet, 2001], 10).
All families need strengthening, from the ideal to the most troubled. That strengthening can come from you. In fact, in some families you may be the only source of spiritual strength. The Lord is depending on you to bring the blessings of the gospel to your family.
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