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Transmit values, faith to children

The record indicates in Mosiah 26:1-4 that "there were many of the rising generation that could not understand the words of king Benjamin, being little children at the time he spake unto his people; and they did not believe the tradition of their fathers."

This illustrates how important it is for believing parents to transmit their faith and values to their children.

Speaking in the priesthood session of October 1995 general conference, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland keyed on the Book of Mormon phrase "the rising generation" in speaking to young people.

"We who have already walked that portion of life's path that you are now on try to call back to you something of what we have learned," he said. "We shout encouragement. We try to warn of pitfalls or perils along the way. Where possible we try to walk with you and keep you close to our side.

"Believe it or not, we, too were young once. . . . Why do you think we now try so hard and worry so much and want the very best for you? It is because we have been your age and you have never been ours, and we have learned some things you do not yet know.

"When you are young not all of life's questions and difficulties have arisen yet, but they will arise, and, unfortunately for your generation, they will arise at a younger and younger age. The gospel of Jesus Christ marks the only sure and safe path. So older men, seasoned men — men passing on to you the legacy of history — continue to call out to youth."

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