Conference Questions – Our Potential Part 2

(To view the previous posts for this question, start here: Our Potential Part 1)

As I mentioned previously, we are all children of God. In other words, God is the Father of all mankind. To reiterate this point of doctrine, in Doctrine and Covenants 84:83 we read, “For your Father, who is in heaven, knoweth that you have need of all these things.” We also learn in the Doctrine and Covenants, that we have the potential to be parents of our earthly children forever as well as parents of spiritual children. In Section 132 we read the following:

19 And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto them—Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths—then shall it be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.
20 Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them. (emphasis added)

Along with all the other promises listed here, we have the potential to have “a continuation of the seeds forever and ever”. Since our potential is to be parents for eternity and to an continuing number of spirits, we need to strive to live up to our earthly potential as parents. The scriptures teach us a lot of things about how God is as a parent to us. In Proverbs 4:1 we read, “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.” Jesus told others that His Father was His teacher. In Luke 2:49 it says, “And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” The Savior wanted to teach as His Father had taught Him. Likewise, in John 8:28 he said, “When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” As He taught Jesus, He teaches us. In Jacob 4:10 we read, “Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand. For behold, ye yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom, and in justice, and in great mercy, over all his works.” God gives us instruction, counsels or teaches us, so that we can know what is right and good. As parents, we need to be giving our own children the instruction that will lead them back to their Father in Heaven and help them to reach the potential that they each have. Proverbs 6:20 reads, “My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother”. As our Father, God gives us commandments or rules that we need to follow to be kept safe and have a fullness of joy now as well as in our futures eternally. Parents should give their children boundaries and rules that will keep them safe and happy. In addition to teaching us and giving us rules, our Father in heaven is always listening. In Matthew 6:6, we read, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” God leaves his lines of communication open for us always. He listens to all our concerns and successes. He hears our pleas and then gives us the things he knows we need. As parents, we need to be the best listeners for our children. We need to be there for our children in times of need and in the good times. Parents should listen to the pleas of their own children and do all they can to give them what they know will enrich and uplift their lives.

As our Father, God has laid out a plan for us and yet given us the opportunity to choose if we will follow it. In Matthew 7:21 we read, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Our Father in Heaven has a plan for His children and expectations he wants us to meet within that plan. As earthly parents, we should also have a worthwhile plan for our children. We should teach them what our expectations are as parents, help them to understand that plan and then allow them to decide for themselves if they will follow it. Another thing our loving Father in Heaven does for us is found in Ephesians 6:4 which reads, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” The Lord nurtures and admonishes us. Parents striving to live their potential, do not stir up the hearts of their children, but instead, they nurture them and then give advise and reprimands when necessary to help their children to know what is right. Going right along with that, 1 Thessalonians 2:11 says, “As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,”. Parents should give comfort to their children, as well as exhort them and give them a charge to do what is right, the way that God does to us. It is important that we as parents, do not let our children go astray without attempts to help them see the error of their ways. I think in todays world, this is something parents are less likely to do. The example is given to us in Hebrews 12:7, which says, “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” We are chastened by God when we are sinning. Parents have a duty to chasten their children with love and kindness, so that they might be persuaded to return to the things that are righteous and good. Because fatherhood is one of the overarching roles of God, it is very important that we really try to work on these things as earthly parents in order to reach our own potential.

(Coming tomorrow: Conference Questions – Our Potential Part 3)

To view other questions in this series, go here: Conference Questions

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