Monday, March 5, 2012

LDS Home "Environment" - Elder McConkie

I read this yesterday and it touched me deeply.  I had read it a few years previously and it moved me back then, too.  But, this time, it meant even more as I'm at the stage of life where I'm truly recognizing the truthfulness of keeping or not keeping these types of values in our homes.  As I see the ramifications of not heeding Prophetic counsel in all areas of our lives and -- because of meeting and mingling with some of the youth that my children deal with - I am even more aware of the reasons that the Lord has given us such counsel.  I share it by way of personal testimony as well as in hopes that others' will be blessed by this powerful insight and .....prophetic warning.

"Two obligations face the saints where the matter of environment is concerned:  1.  To create for themselves and their families the most wholesome and edifying environment possible, so there will be less chance of any member of the family circle being lost through transgression; and 2. To rise above every unwholesome environmental situation that may be encountered during the course of this mortal probation.

"When the spirit offspring of God pass from pre-existence to mortality, they bring with them the talents, capacities, and abilities acquired during a long existence and experience in their first estate.  At the time of mortal birth all children are innocent and pure.  Then as they begin to become accountable, they are swayed by the "tradition of their fathers."  (D&C 93:38-39)  Their lives and destinies are shaped and altered by their environment -- the circumstances, external surroundings, and influences in which they find themselves.  The command to bring up children in light and truth includes a requirement to create for them a wholesome environment.

"One of the great purposes of this mortal probation is to test and try men, to see if they will keep the commandments and walk in the light no matter what environmental enticements beckon them away from the straight and narrow path. (1 John 2:15-17)  The prayer, 'lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil' (Matt. 6:13), is a petition that we may be kept from such unwholesome environmental circumstances as to be overcome by them.

"It is axiomatic that the saints should establish peace and love in their families; engage in wholesome recreation only; perform their daily labors in the cleanest and most wholesome environment possible; associate with proper companions always; and seek to live under those surroundings and influences that breathe the spirit of righteousness and faith.  Constant association with that which is low and vulgar inevitably leads to the debasement of the human soul."   Mormon Doctrine, Environment


Sue said...

One of the things I enjoyed most about motherhood over the years was the opportunity to exercise creativity and spirituality in creating a warm, nurturing, uplifting environment in my home. What a sense of freedom I had as I made decisions ranging from decor to aroma to entertainment to parenting techniques in preparing the ambience I wanted for my home and family.

I think it made a difference.


Heidi Allen Garvin said...

Thank you, Sue. You continue to amaze me! Thank you for sharing that beautiful message and for ....strengthening the rest of us. You are a blessing!

Mama Rachel said...

Wow! This is so beautiful. It's inspiring me to write a post on the topic.

Thanks, Heidi!

Momza said...

So enjoyed reading this! My children comment frequently that our house "feels different" {in a good way} and that's when I know I am doing something right.

Heidi Allen Garvin said...

Beautiful Mama Rachel and Momza! Thank you for adding your 'witness'. Love you all!!! :)

Isabelle Thornton said...

Loved this!

Heidi Allen Garvin said...

Thanks, Isabelle!

LeAnn said...

Thanks for a very timely post. I enjoyed reading it and agree that we all do need to be more aware of the importance of teaching and nurturing our children and for me grandchildren.
Thanks, I loved this one.

Latter-daycrafters said...

I agree totally with what you have said. Love can abound when there is peace in the home. It is a huge responsibility to teach our children to be disciples of Christ. I often tell myself that it requires discipline. So let's not forget to discipline ourselves and our children to follow Christ. I think that word (discipline) has taken a bad rap recently :)

Heidi Allen Garvin said...

Thanks, LeAnn. You continue to be a blessing and example!

Latter-dayCrafters; Very good point. I'm very glad you wrote! I will share with all - my favorite dictionary. It's the 1828 Webster's and he gets his definitions from the Bible and more pure sources than today. It gives us insights into the scriptures when we search for key words in this dictionary. I HIGHLY recommend it to all and encourage people who share definition from the pulpit - to seek meanings from it. :) Here's the original meaning of DISCIPLINE -,discipline.
Most people don't know that Noah Webster was also one of our founding fathers. More info. about him can be found online in places such as

Mormon Women: Who We Are said...

I've been thinking about how all the activism in the world won't do much for us if we don't do the work that matters most in our homes.

I recently saw a Pinterest firestorm on a quote by President Hinckley talking about how nothing is more influential than a mom in her home. But I think it's true...the home is the most influential place on earth. I think we need to believe our prophets on that if we really want to change the world.