“And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents. . . . And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord.”
1844 - Joseph and Hyrum Smith, along with a group of brethren, leave Nauvoo at 6:30 a. m. for Carthage. As they arrived at the Temple, Joseph looked with admiration on it and the city and remarked, “This is the loveliest place and the best people under the heavens; little do they know the trials that await them” (History of the Church, 6:554).
“The most powerful weapon we have against the evils in the world today, regardless of what they are, is an unshakable testimony of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Teach your little children while they are at your knee and they will grow up to be stalwart. They may stray away, but your love and your faith will bring them back” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, p. 123-124).
Spring was coming to Wainuiomata, New Zealand. Elder Wihongi and I had not found many friendly faces interested in learning more about the Church. In fact, it had been a long cold winter in several different ways.
As a person studies and learns about Jesus Christ, they come to learn of his personality. They learn of his attributes and characteristics which the Prophet Joseph Smith taught were essential to develop faith in him. As we learn more about him, we desire to be like him and begin to incorporate his attributes and characteristics in our own life.