I recently finished reading the book “Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes” by Gordon B. Hinckley. This book really captured the thoughts and feelings I’ve been having lately. Let me explain.
Since becoming a mother I have thought more and more about how to raise my children, how to help them grow up into respectful, smart, educated, talented, lovely individuals. And as I think about them and the world they will be growing up in and the negative influences that will surround them from “the world” it terrifies me. There is so much evil infiltrating into our homes and lives from so many different sources –TV, music, magazines, internet, books, billboards, advertisements, radio, and movies. Oh, and not to mention the sliding morals and values of the children in my girls’ classrooms some day. Simply put: there’s a lot of crap in this world. Sometimes thinking about all of this and how I will have to work and fight to teach my daughters correct principles and values is very intimidating. I sometimes get overwhelmed thinking about it.
But, reading this book has given me hope. President Hinckley describes 10 neglected virtues in our society and how, if personally embodied, they can heal our hearts and our homes. I love the hope I find in reading this book. All is not lost. There is still much good in the lives of individuals. I know I’m not the only one (by a long shot) who wants to raise up a child unto the Lord, with morals, values, and virtues. And there is something I can do personally as a mom to help my kids have a fighting chance against the evil influences all around them.
I highly suggest reading this book. Though some of the facts and figures are now outdated (it was written in 2000), the principles he talks about are still true. I’ve been thinking so much about the “signs of the times” and it seems like every scripture I read, every church lesson or talk I listen to I find that there still is much hope, even though the time we live in makes is difficult to be moral and stand for what is right and true. But, as Christ said in Matthew 10:24 “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” So, it doesn’t matter that what I believe is far from popular, or that others disagree with me. Doing what was easy never made anyone worth anything great. Standing for something makes you someone of worth, value, someone who is trustworthy, and ultimately, someone prepared to meet their God.
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