Guest Stand: Becoming a ‘Mom-onary’ to Your Children!

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When I was a little girl, my Aunt was called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was the first sister missionary to serve in my family. It had such an impact on me, and I knew I wanted to serve just like she did. The Lord had a different plan for me; I met my husband. We’re now raising four incredible children. Yet, I have never lost that desire to serve and teach the gospel. I confess, until recently, I had never made a connection between missionary work and motherhood.

 

 

Called to be a “Mom-onary”

A few months ago, the thought came to me that I needed to focus my family more on the plain Preach My Gospeland precious truths of the gospel. I felt a sense of urgency to reinforce our foundation in the simple doctrine of Jesus Christ. I desired my children to be truly converted. As I prayed and asked the Lord how he wanted me to approach this, the missionary manual “Preach My Gospel” came to my mind. If this is the source that the Lord’s missionaries use to teach new investigators the gospel, then I should use it to teach my family. I felt called to the Motherhood Mission and my children have become my investigators.

In “Preach My Gospel” we are asked the question, “What is my purpose as a Missionary?”  (In my mind I’ve changed “Missionary” to “Mom-onary”). It answers by stating that our purpose is to: “Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.” [1]

Further answers reveal,

“These are not just steps that they experience once in their lives; rather, when repeated throughout life these principles become an increasingly rewarding pattern of living. In fact, it is the only way of living that will bring peace of conscience and enable Heavenly Father’s children to return to live in His presence.” [2]

How does this relate to my responsibility in helping my children become converted? The answer is found in Deuteronomy 6:7, “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

As we focus daily on drawing attention to these principles, other important truths will align in the hearts of our children. They will learn that they are children of God. They will feel a sense of belonging. They will feel secure in a world of inconsistency and hypocrisy. Elder Steven R. Bangerter charges us,

Elder Steven R. Bangerter“As parents, we have a sacred duty to awaken within our children passion and commitment to the joy, light, and truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” [3]

Teaching and Letting Go

My oldest daughter will be graduating high school this spring. And though I’m excited for her and what’s to come, if I’m being honest, I find myself in a really conflicting headspace. I remember my own feelings of anticipation and exhilaration when I was on the cusp of adulthood. It wasn’t that long ago, and most days I feel like the same girl. I don’t think I’ve changed that much. One half of my heart understands her natural desire to stretch and grow. I know that struggles and inevitable pain will teach her valuable lessons, I even look forward to it. I trust this process because my own experiences tell me it works. We’ve been practicing this pattern of learning and letting go since she took her first steps. But the other half of my mother-heart rejects the idea of my child in pain and wants to protect her a little longer. The world is scary and dangerous. The adversary is enticing and deceiving. In my fear, I can feel my grip tightening as she steps into this new chapter. My mind is loud with thoughts on an endless loop;

Does she know what she wants? Does she know how to find it? Have I done enough? How can I teach her all I know when my time is so short?

You Can’t Cram Conversion

In quieter moments, I have had some serious conversations with myself. I’ve realized that my way of desperate, last-minute attempts of cramming in every spiritual idea and lesson won’t produce a lasting conversion. The Lord’s way is “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, and there a little…”. (2 Nephi 28:30) Elder Bangerter helped changed my fear into faith. He said,

“Every parent faces moments of frustration and varying levels of determination and strength while raising children. However, when parents exercise faith by teaching children candidly, lovingly and doing all they can to help them along the way, they receive greater hope that the seeds being sown will take root within the hearts and minds of their children…It is an effort driven by our faith—our belief that one day the seeds sown in their youth will take root and begin to sprout and grow.” [4] 

My goal, and greatest work as my children’s “Mom-onary,” is to help create a culture of conversion so they will always seek to be converted. That they will, in turn, teach others how to become converted.

How has the new “home-centered, church supported” Come, Follow Me curriculum helped to create focused, “Mom-onary” moments in your home?

 

Eden MorrisEden Morris is the proud wife to a hunky husband with a manly beard and the mother to four incredibly beautiful and inspirational children. She loves to sing, travel, study the gospel of Jesus Christ and invest in deep meaningful relationships. She is one half of the funny duo “Laughing Moms” where they try to find the funny in parenting. She resides in the Houston, Texas, area and wishes every day were Taco Tuesday. Follow her at LaughingMoms.com.

 

 

 

[1] Preach My Gospel, ch.1 My Purpose, pg. 1

[2] Preach My Gospel, ch.1 My Purpose, pg. 2

[3] Elder Steven R. Bangerter, “Laying the Foundation of a Great Work”, October 2018 General Conference

[4] ibid

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Guest Stand: Becoming a ‘Mom-onary’ to Your Children!

  1. Kylie

    LOVE this! Especially the part “you can’t cram conversion”. Thank you for provoking the thoughts about ways to help my own children learn and grow as a “momonary”!

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