Living by the scriptures

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” — Romans 1:16

The May 15 edition of the Church News editorialized the need for parents to be teachers. Sometimes, as parents we are taught by the strength of our youth.

Recently, my son, Tanner, shared with me his latest assignment in his freshman honors English class. He was given the assignment to present an oral argument to the class. Tanner selected the topic of “Inappropriate Dancing at High School Functions.” He then, using his note cards, shared with me the speech he had given earlier that day. His speech included quotes such as the following:

“The way you dance is how you represent your school and teachers. Modest dancing with a partner shows you respect that individual, your school and your teachers. Immodest dancing displays a lack of respect.

“That is why I ask you to please be careful how you dance. You don’t know who is watching or recording your actions.”

Somewhat amazed at the bold and candid statements, I thought to myself, “Would I have had the courage to stand up in front of my peers and teach principles of appropriate moral and social behavior?” And then the scripture came to mind, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ” (Romans 1:16).

Here was my 15-year-old son teaching me what it really means not to be ashamed.

— Jim Zornes, Clark Lake Ward, Kent Washington Stake

“Living by the Scriptures” is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you.

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