Living by the scriptures

And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another. . . .

But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another. – Mosiah 4:14-15.

One evening my two young sons were quarreling and teasing one another and there was a spirit of contention in our home. As I was pondering what to do, the above scripture from the Book of Mormon came to my mind. I called the children over and said, "I want to read you something from the Book of Mormon."

I read the scripture and told them, "Just as Heavenly Father has made Mommy and Daddy responsible for making sure that you children have enough food, clothing and a safe home, He has also said that we are not to allow you to quarrel and fight with one another. We love you and want to do what Heavenly Father wants us to do so you will be happy. That's why we have family home evening, family prayer, family cheers and family hugs. That's also why we can't allow you to fight and quarrel. Rather, we need to love and help each other."

I explained to them that when we love and share with one another we are following Heavenly Father. From that moment a spirit of peace and harmony began to reign for the next several hours. The whole spirit of our home was changed as a result of the power and spirit of having taught from the Book of Mormon.

We are thankful for the scriptures and look for other scriptures that can be used to directly teach gospel principles. – Mark S. Hughes, Forsyth, Ill.