Tad R. Callister: Parents, the prime gospel teachers of their children

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Brother Tad R. Callister, Sunday School general president, speaks at the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, 4 October 2014. (Mormon Newsroom)
Brother Tad R. Callister, Sunday School general president, speaks at the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, 4 October 2014. (Mormon Newsroom)

SALT LAKE CITY — Brother Tad R. Callister, General Sunday School president, taught listeners about the role of parents in teaching the gospel in the home during the Saturday afternoon session of the 184th General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Brother Callister opened his talk by sharing a story about a young student named Ben who was embarrassed after his low score was revealed to the class by a fellow student. Ben’s mom, who didn’t have a good education herself, challenged her sons to read two books each week instead of watching television. Because of his mother’s impact, Ben found great success in his life.

Brother Callister continued by sharing a personal experience in which his already aging mother showed him the value of service by taking food to the elderly.

He also emphasized that parents should teach their children the power of using their time wisely.

“On occasion we will need to put our foot lovingly down, to restrict our children’s time with television and other electronic devices,” he said. “Instead we may need to redirect their time into more productive, gospel-oriented efforts.”

Closing his address, Brother Callister assured that parents are entitled to God’s help.

“As parents, we can proceed with the assurance that God will never leave us alone. God never gives us a responsibility without offering divine aid.”

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