LESSON THREE - Scripture Study Invites the Spirt into Our Home

"The Lord "doth not dwell in unholy temples," and neither does His Spirit"(Alma 7:21)

Purpose

To help any willing couple to bring and sustain the power of the Spirit in their home.

Doctrine

As we pray earnestly, we will receive an increased influence from the Spirit.

Having the Spirit in our home should be the goal of every Latter-Day couple. When our home is an environment where the Spirit of the Lord dwells we are on the path that leads to eternal life. Many couples want the Spirit in their home, but don't know what to change differently to feel the Spirit's power more frequently. Others may know helpful things to do but lack the motivation. This lesson is designed to help any willing couple to bring and sustain the power of the Spirit in their home.

SECTION ONE


An essential step to changing our natures, and consequently our environment, is to have the words of Christ in our hearts. In the Book of Mormon, Moroni acknowledges the powerful effect of the word of God to change behaviors more than any other motivating factor,

"And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just-yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them-therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God." (Alma 31:5)

President Romney reaffirms the importance of reading the scriptures to invite the Spirit into our homes:

"I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to that counsel. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity-the pure love of Christ-will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness." (Marion G. Romney, in Conference Report, Apr. 1960, pp. 110-13.)

"If we would avoid adopting the evils of the world, we must pursue a course which will daily feed our minds with and call them back to the things of the Spirit. I know of no better way to do this than by reading the Book of Mormon."

And then he concluded: "And so, I counsel you, my beloved brothers and sisters and friends everywhere, to make reading in the Book of Mormon a few minutes each day a lifelong practice. "I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to that counsel. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity-the pure love of Christ-will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness." (Marion G. Romney, in Conference Report, Apr. 1960, pp. 110-13.)

Questions for Discussion

  1. What keeps us from reading the scriptures? List any distractions.
  2. In what ways can we make our scripture reading more meaningful?
  3. How can reading the scriptures change our natures?
  4. How does scripture study invite the Spirit into our home?