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YOUR HOMES SHOULD BE HAVENS OF PEACE

Your homes should be havens of peace and joy for your family. Surely no child should fear his own father - especially a priesthood father. . . . The powerful effect of righteous fathers in setting an example, disciplining and training, nurturing and loving is vital to the spiritual welfare of His children. - General Conference, October 1987

My good brethren of the Melchizedek Priesthood and Aaronic Priesthood, home teaching is an inspired program. It is the heart of caring of loving, of reaching out to the one - both the active and the less active. It is priesthood compassionate service. It is how we express our faith in practical works. It is one of the tests of true discipleship. It is the heart of the activation effort of the Church. It is a calling that helps to fulfill the scriptural injunction, "Out of small things proceedeth that which is great" (D&C 64:33). There is no greater Church calling that that of of a home teacher. There is no greater Church service rendered to our Father in Heaven's children than the service rendered by a humble, dedicated, committed home teacher. - General Conference, April 1987."The privilege of holding the priesthood, which is the power and authority to act in God's name, is a great blessing, and one that carries with it equally great obligations and responsibilities. When I ponder what kind of men and boys we should be as priesthood holders, I cannot help but think of the Savior's questions to the Nephite twelve when He asked, "Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am" (3 Ne. 27:27.). - General Conference, October 1986

A priesthood holder is kind. One who is kind is sympathetic and gentle with others. He is considerate of others' feelings and courteous in his behavior. He has a helpful nature. Kindness pardons others' weaknesses and faults. Kindness is extended to all - to the aged and the young, to animals, to those low of station as well as the high. - General Conference, October 1986

"Young Men of the Aaronic Priesthood, remember the scriptural injunction "Be ye clean who bear the vessels of the Lord" (3 Ne. 20:41; D&C 38:42; see also Isaiah 52:11). Remember the story of Joseph in Egypt, who hearkened not to the wife of Potiphar and maintained his purity and virtue (see Gen. 39:6-20). Consider carefully the words of the prophet Alma to his errant son, Corianton, "Forsake your sins, and go no more after the lusts of your eyes" (Alma 39:9) "The lusts of your eyes" - in our day what does that expression mean? Movies, television programs, and video recordings that are both suggestive and lewd. Magazines and books that are obscene and pornographic.- General Conference, April 1986