Doctrine and Covenants 68:28
“And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord.”
In section 67 and 70, the Saints were deciding whether or not they should publish Joseph Smith’s revelations into a book, the Book of Commandments (which later became the Doctrine & Covenants). The Lord told them to bear record that the revelations were true. He gives them stewardship over the revelations and commandments He had given them. That means they are to protect and take care of the revelations.
In section 68, the Lord told the Elders to preach the gospel and baptize. He commanded parents to teach the gospel to their children, and that children can be baptized when they are eight years old. The Lord said that parents should “teach their children to pray, and walk uprightly before the Lord.” Parents can teach their children the gospel using the scriptures, including the Doctrine & Covenants.
“Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives – mothers and fathers – will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.” The Family: A Proclamation to the World
The Elders were commanded to teach and baptize, and parents were commanded to teach their children to prepare them to be baptized at the age of 8. This activity teaches why it is important to be baptized like Jesus.
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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