(1 Nephi 3:5)
Lehi told Nephi that it wasn't a commandment from him (Lehi), but rather a commandment from God.
This prompted me to ask the question, "How can I make sure that my children understand that the commandments are from God rather from us as their parents?"
I imagine that principle can easily be missed by children and their parents when parents seek to limit their children's agency, rather than teaching them the gospel.
I am reminded of my favorite scripture to read to my kids - Mosiah 4:14-15
"And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit... He being an enemy to all righteousness.
But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another."
(my 4 year old almost has that scripture memorized... I really like reading it to them...)
Maybe this scripture holds some of the answer to that question.
How do you teach your children that the laws of God are truly God's laws, and not "mom and dad's" laws? How do you help them understand that what you are teaching them is not what you require of them, but rather, what God requires of them?
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