2013 Women's Conference: 'Building families upon the rock of our Redeemer'
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"It is the small things we do that bring our children to the Savior," Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president, said during Women's Conference at BYU on May 2. "When our focus is on Jesus Christ, we clear away the rubble that obscures the path and we build a foundation for our families on the rock of our Redeemer. The winds will blow and the mighty storms will beat upon us, but we will not fall."
Sister Wixom and her counselors, Sister Jean A. Stevens and Sister Cheryl A. Esplin, focused on three building blocks — prayer, scriptures and the temple — that strengthen the foundation of homes.
The power of personal and family prayer
"Our Heavenly Father isn't concerned with how clever, brilliant, rich or famous we are," said Sister Esplin. "He loves us because we are His children. He has given us a lifeline to Him — it's called prayer."
Prayer is essential in building a Christ-centered life and a Christ-centered home, she taught.
"We all know that the reality of bringing a family together for family prayer is not always easy with the different schedules and activities of family members, but when we make it a priority, we will find a way to make it happen that works best for us," said Sister Esplin.
As little children consistently and regularly experience prayer in their families, they learn quickly that there is One to whom they can always turn for help.
"We can pray anytime, anywhere," she said. "We have been promised that through having regular prayer, our family members will draw nearer to God and to each other. Our home will be a place of spiritual strength, a refuge from the evil influences of the world."
The power of searching the scriptures
Searching the scriptures as a family helps build a foundation upon the "rock of our Redeemer," Sister Wixom taught. They testify of Jesus Christ, and through the power of the Holy Ghost, individuals come to know Him as they read. Although circumstances vary, scripture study is crucial to building a strong foundation and increasing the spirit of the Holy Ghost within homes.
"When reading the scriptures becomes a daily habit, we are drawn to searching them and we love them," she said. "Like one woman said, 'Then comes the moment when obedience turns to thirst and hunger.' ... Having the scriptures in our homes today is one thing, but actually opening them and searching them and applying them to our lives is another."
The power of the temple
The temple and family history work are central to accomplishing the Lord's work of salvation, said Sister Stevens. As individuals make temple worship and family history work their focus, they will experience promised blessings and will feel the Lord's presence in their life.
"The blessings of the temple are available to us all — young and old and everybody in between," she said. "It is in the temple that we remember who we really are and see with clarity who we really can become."
Sister Stevens said that even small activities — a picture of the temple in a bedroom of a child, singing songs about the temple or visiting the grounds of a temple — will help the temple become part of a child's heart and future.