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3 Ways to Strengthen the Faith of Your Children

By Mormon.org
a mother teaching her children

The Lord Is on Your Side

Parents should never feel helpless when it comes to nurturing the faith of their children. There are many ways to help youth gain a lifelong love of and trust in God. If your child is struggling, exercise your own faith and find comfort in the knowledge that the Lord wants your child to believe in Him as much as you do. He’s on your side and will help you decide what approach is best.

1. Teach Them the Faith Cycle

There is a cycle of faith that, once identified, has the power to elevate and lift us to higher planes of knowledge, spirituality, and experience. In a talk entitled "Seek Learning by Faith," Elder David A. Bednar describes this faith cycle with three words: assurance, action, and evidence. He explains: “Assurance, action, and evidence influence each other in an ongoing process. This helix is like a coil, and as it spirals upward it expands and widens. … And the faith that fuels this ongoing process develops, evolves, and changes.”

Assurance is a peaceful belief and trust that God is there and that He’ll help us. Action is what is required of us to reveal the evidence that our belief is true. Once God reveals the evidence, assurance grows, spiraling us ever upward and strengthening our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Children from a very young age can understand this cycle of faith and learn how to practice it on their own.

2. Watch for the Lord’s Hand Together

Our Heavenly Father is in the details of our lives, but His presence often goes unnoticed. President Henry B. Eyring gave an address entitled “O Remember, Remember" in which he described an effective way of recognizing the Lord’s hand. He relates from personal experience how journaling daily with the following question in mind: “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?” helped him discover the evidence described in the faith cycle above, saying: “As I kept at it, something began to happen. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.”

At the end of each day, look over the events as a family and identify the ways God has blessed you. This habit has the potential to increase faith and deepen gratitude for Heavenly Father. The best way to remember is to write it down. A written record of past blessings can strengthen your family in the future.

3. Hold Your Light High

There’s no replacement for being a good example for our children. When they see and hear us pray and consistently read and refer to the word of God, our beliefs are clear and our faith obvious. In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord advised, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). This scripture also applies to parenting. We can let our light shine for our children. If we hold that light high so they can see the path, it can lead them to greater happiness and ultimately help guide them back to a Heavenly Father who loves them.