When my kids were little, I did my best to teach them to live a good life, to be nice people. I tried my best to show them the difference between right and wrong. I did my best to teach them to be their best self.
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
As my kids grow older they strike out on their own to learn for themselves. They no longer would lean on the words of their parents. They started to look for knowledge of their own. They have a plethora of information at their finger tips.
Lately I have been studying the Book of Mormon – a quick read focusing on the names of the Savior, in all their forms. I noticed that Nephi had no problem speaking of Christ. The name of Lord is found multiple times on each page. Jesus is referred to once every 1.7 verses. I have found that the Savior’s name is referred to by 100 different names – Lord, Eternal Judge, God, Jesus Christ, Mediator, Only Begotten and more. Each name signifies a different attribute or characteristic of the Lord. For example, “Savior” means that Christ came to save his people from their sins. “Holy One signifies that he is holy and without sin. “God of the Whole Earth” reflects his universal interest in all me and in their redemption. “Lord of Hosts” indicates that Christ is a God of battles. “Lord Omnipotent” means that Christ is the Lord of all. He has all power. Nephi attributes all things to God and openly acknowledges his dependence on God.
The truth? I have found that the beauty and power of the Book of Mormon is found in the concepts and truths taught about Christ. They are profound and life-changing for all who diligently seek confirmation of it’s teaching.
2 Nephi 25:26 “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”
I know have a great fear that I did not do justice to teaching my children the most important thing of all… to acknowledge and depend on and to rely on and speak of Jesus Christ all times and in all situations. My children cannot rely exclusively on my testimony, nor the testimonies of others. A witness of the divinity of Christ must come personally to each person. A firm testimony that Jesus is the Christ occurs only when God, the Eternal Father, manifests the truth of Christ’s divinity “by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Moro. 10:4.) But it starts by openly acknowledging out dependence on the Savior.
Perhaps it’s a culture thing that has developed within the Church, but I have decided that that habit needs to change.
I need to do better at showing my testimony of Jesus Christ through my actions, demonstrating that it is through Jesus Christ that our battles are won.