What Never Was and Never Will Be

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.” There is a wealth of secular knowledge at our fingertips, primarily found in universities, libraries, and especially the internet. But where do our children obtain their religious and spiritual knowledge to balance secular knowledge? Home must become the central source of spiritual teaching. Teaching religious truths in the home is a comfortable setting where questions are welcomed and discussions explore the answers. Additionally, parents can show through their examples how following the gospel of Jesus Christ can bless their young lives. Effective teaching cannot happen by the spoken word only. It must be shown by example. Parents should not become complacent, thinking that one lesson will suffice or that our children will receive training related to values and virtue from outside sources. It must be a continual, ongoing process in our homes if we expect our children and grandchildren to avoid spiritual ignorance.

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