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Friday, January 8, 2010

He Doesn't Attack Jell-O or Peanut Butter Supplies!

M. Russell Ballard:
"When you stop and think about it, from a diabolically tactical point of view, fighting the family makes sense. When Satan wants to disrupt the work of the Lord, he doesn't poison the world's peanut butter supply, thus bringing the Church's missionary system to its collective knees. He doesn't send a plague of laryngitis to afflict the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He doesn't legislate against green Jell-O or casseroles. When Satan truly wants to disrupt the work of the Lord, he attempts to confuse gender and attacks God's plan for His spirit children. He works to drive a wedge of disharmony between a father and a mother. He entices children to be disobedient to their parents. He makes family home evening and family prayer inconvenient. He suggests family scripture study is impractical and not doable. That's all it takes, because Satan knows that the surest and most effective way to disrupt the Lord's work is to diminish the effectiveness of the family and the sanctity of the home."
(The Sacred Responsibilities of Parenthood, M. RUSSELL BALLARD, 19 August 2003, BYU)
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4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for that quote from M. Russell Ballard! It says exactly what I have been living for the past year. It is so scary how exact he is. I am the mother of 2 teens and 1 pre-teen, and Satan, sad to say, has poked his ugly little head into our home and has interrupted our Family Home Evenings and Family Scripture Study. It is so easy to get side tracked and let things slip, before you know it, you find yourself in a place you never wanted to be.

    I have printed out this quote and hung it in our family room where we can all see it.

    Our family has vowed to get back on track and now we feel you are right there encouraging us on. Thank you so much for this boost of encouragement.

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  2. Thanks for your comment! I have an 18 month old and another one on the way and it really does terrify me to think of the temptations they will have to face and the unkindness they will feel from the world, which will be inevitable at times. You sound like you are doing it right though, because you're not only doing the things that are important, but you are aware of the problems too. Just keep doing what you're doing:)

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  3. I really love this quote. I didn't realize you were blogging again. I'll have to read all of the posts I missed. You have the BEST quotes and stories. Thanks for the inspiration!

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