We will not always be safe from the adversary’s influence, even within our own homes. We need to protect our nestlings. –Boyd K. Packer, These Things I Know, April 2013
Twice a year, in April and October, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holds a General Conference. Leaders of the Church speak on many topics over two days, and their messages are broadcast during those days and also made available on-line and in print. Today, I want to share one of the talks from last April that has really stuck with me.
One of the biggest challenges in my life has been to find myself the sole provider of spiritual education and care in our home. It is an immense responsibility and I often wonder if I'm even making a difference. In April, Elder Boyd K. Packer spoke about families. He related a story about finding a snake in his yard that attacked a nest of birds. He compared this to family life. He encouraged us to fortify our homes against the influences of evil. And then he made a statement that has stuck with me.
Faith grows little by little as principles and truths are put into practice. I have been pondering this statement and have found comfort in knowing that there is power in prayer. It still isn't easy. I'm not sure if I'll ever feel confident in filling this responsibility. But I will keep trying.
Elder Packer's talk lasts just a little more than 14 minutes. I've included the video here, or you can read it in full here.