Recently our ward had a fireside of instruction to the parents about the hazards our children are facing as they use the internet. It was very informative. Immediately I sat my children down and had a family home evening on the subject. I explained all the different ways that I know about, where they could be at risk. In so doing, I explained that pornography could pop up at any time, and how to deal with that. My ten year old listened to every word. When I asked him what pornography was, he answered, I have no idea. For several years I had taught the children about the evil of it and hadn’t even thought to give it a full definition. Anyway, the next day this son was at the neighbor’s home playing an on line video game and the very moment I had warned him about happened. Pornography did come onto the screen.
Immediately my son covered the screen and didn’t waste time trying to close out the image. He ran for the father of the home to solve the problem and everything worked out fine. I have since thought and thought on this scenario. First of all a warning was issued. Second, definition and explanation was given to the day and times we live in. Then there was a listening ear that heeded the warning. The trouble did come and the power to handle it was in place. I will tell you, my son came running into the house right after this episode and said, “I did it mom, I knew what to do and I handled the situation” He felt great and the family involved thanked me for having prepared him to handle just such a moment.
Heavenly Father wants our success in the dark days that will be a part of the last days. He loves us and it is through His prophets that He has thoroughly warned us and had the important “family home evening” with us. Are we as eager and trusting as my little boy, to prepare as asked and be ready for the times we are in? Think of how we might also be able to run home (pray), and express how good it felt to be able to handle the “situation” and know what to do, if we too are prepared. That is what Heavenly Father wants for us. Let’s be quick to obey and be as ready as we have been instructed to be.
May Preparedness Family Home Evening
Opening Song: Thanks To Our Father
Thought: “There shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in diverse places…. “ Matthew, Joseph Smith 1:29)
Pocket knife or hunting knife, sharpened and possibly a small wet stone
Plastic cups, cutlery, and paper plates
Rain poncho (often they have these at the dollar stores)… one for each person
Tarp to cover things or to place on the ground
2 screw drivers, one regular and one Phillips
Clothes pins… 10 or so
Extra socks for each person
Extra work shoes… suitable for walking
Extra underwear for each person
Jogging suits or other change of clothing for each person
Suture kit if you have anyone who can get one of these for you, and only if you would like one
Summer months are almost upon us. What a great time to gather up the items on these lists and gather our children around us and make them a part of the fun of preparing. It is going to feel so good to be ready and to feel as secure as we can in times that are anything but secure. As you are faithful you will be blessed. Just a reminder, keep up your home food storage plans as well. You don’t have to spend thousands to do it. Just double buy on those items that are on sale and that you are purchasing already. Don’t run faster than you have strength but be diligent! It will all come together if your heart stays focused on it and as you slowly but surely move forward.