25 And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.
6 aTrain up a bchild in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
We are perplexed when our kids have not come back. Perhaps they are not "old" yet and they will yet come back if they have been or are taught by our example. Did we pray with them every day? Did we read and teach the scriptures to them every day? Are we now reading the scriptures and praying every day on our own? Are we living lives that can be a strength to them or do we continue to wallow in our sins and think that we can somehow lift our wayward children when we are in a hole ourselves. Perhaps a different hole, but still hard to lift someone out of a hole while standing in a hole. If we have failed in some ways when our kids were sub 18, perhaps they are still not old and can have the power of our righteous life.
Doctrine and Covenants 68:25-28
25 And again, inasmuch as aparents have children in Zion, or in any of her bstakes which are organized, that cteach them not to understand the ddoctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eeight years old, the fsin be upon the heads of the parents.
Doctrine and Covenants 93:40-43
Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, April 1964, p. 5.
"When one puts business or pleasure above his home, he that moment starts on the downgrade to soul-weakness. When the club becomes more attractive to any man than his home, it is time for him to confess in bitter shame that he has failed to measure up to the supreme opportunity of his life and flunked in the final test of true manhood. No other success can compensate for failure in the home. The poorest shack in which love prevails over a united family is of greater value to God and future humanity than any other riches. In such a home God can work miracles and will work miracles."
Gordon B. Hinckley - General Relief Society meeting 9/23/1995
We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
2 Nephi 25:23, 26
23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
My Commentary - We must do our part and God does what we fall short. Must like a father might ask his son to work if he wants a bike and after he judges that the child has done his best he pays however much the child is short.
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.