This morning during exercise I listened to Elder Oak's talk,"Good, Better, Best."
It's a great reminder to be willing to let go of some "good" things to make more room for "best" things, like the five things Elder Oaks listed:
- Family prayer
- Family scriptures
- Family home evening
- Family togetherness including mealtime
- One-on-one time
The cool thing I've noticed is that I invest time in nurturing and nourishing my family in these ways, it also nurtures and nourishes me. Here are a few quotes from Elder Oaks' talk:
Parents should act to preserve time for family prayer, family scripture study, family home evening, and the other precious togetherness and individual one-on-one time that binds a family together and fixes children’s values on things of eternal worth. Parents should teach gospel priorities through what they do with their children
...the time a family spends together “eating meals at home [is] the strongest predictor of children’s academic achievement and psychological adjustment.”3 Family mealtimes have also been shown to be a strong bulwark against children’s smoking, drinking, or using drugs.4 There is inspired wisdom in this advice to parents: what your children really want for dinner is you....
The First Presidency has called on parents “to devote their best efforts to the teaching and rearing of their children in gospel principles. … The home is the basis of a righteous life, and no other instrumentality can take its place … in … this God-given responsibility.” The First Presidency has declared that “however worthy and appropriate other demands or activities may be, they must not be permitted to displace the divinely-appointed duties that only parents and families can adequately perform.”6
You can read or watch his whole talk here.