I really have to thank Michelle, who stepped in to write today’s post at just a couple of days notice.
Michelle is a wife and mom of three. Before marriage and motherhood blessed her life, she served a mission, got a B.S. in Psychology and an MBA (Organizational Behavior emphasis), and worked as a business consultant. She’s been grateful to be a stay-at-home mom since her first child was born. Her hobbies include volunteering on a college advisory board and as managing editor of mormonwoman.org.
“Mom, what is sex?”
I’d always planned on being open with my children about sexuality, but hearing this question from my young son caught me off guard. Somehow in the midst of their neighborhood playtime, a friend had decided to “educate” our children about sex.
I don’t remember how I responded to him that day, but I do remember how my momma heart changed. It turned more earnestly to God as I realized how proactive — even preemptive — I’d have to be in teaching truth about sexuality. I didn’t want my children to learn first from others; I wanted them to learn first at home. And even as I wasn’t afraid of talking about this topic with them, I knew I needed God’s help to know how and what to teach, and when.
He hasn’t let me down.
Since I’m the one at home most often with the children (and I tend to be more comfortable with the topic than my husband), I’ve been the parent to do the most teaching. Teaching moments have often come at unexpected times, for maybe only a minute or two. As I’ve tried to keep my heart and eyes open, the Spirit helps me take advantage of such fleeting opportunities. (They come more often than I would have thought!)
And once in a while, He opens the windows of heaven and provides real anchor moments for us as we learn and talk together.
One of those experiences came the night I had the thought to use The Family: A Proclamation to the Word for scripture study. My husband was out of town. My young children and I gathered in the hallway, of all places, to do our scripture study. I didn’t know what lay in store for us as I started to read:
“We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”
I don’t think I’d anticipated at this point that we’d end up talking about the law of chastity, but as I continued to read, the Spirit helped connect simple threads of truth woven throughout the Proclamation in powerful ways. By the time we finished our discussion (one that lasted around an hour), there was an electricity in the air. We felt an excitement about the plan of happiness, and a clear understanding of why the law of chastity is so important to God. As President Boyd K. Packer has taught,
“To be entrusted with the power to create life carries with it the greatest of joys and dangerous temptations. The gift of mortal life and the capacity to kindle other lives is a supernal blessing. Through the righteous exercise of this power, as in nothing else, we may come close to our Father in Heaven and experience a fulness of joy. This power is not an incidental part of the plan of happiness. It is the key—the very key.” (Boyd K. Packer, Cleansing the Inner Vessel, October 2010 General Conference)
I am grateful to live in a time when there are prophets on the earth who teach eternal truths with boldness, love, and clarity. I love being a mother and cherish the opportunity to teach my children these truths. The gospel of Jesus Christ means everything to my husband and me, and we testify of the peace, power, and perspective that comes as we study, teach, and live the principles found in the Proclamation.
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