Children are the best learners because their minds are curious and fresh. This is useful when it comes to teaching them the principles of the gospel.
President Boyd K. Packer once said, “Youth is the time for easy learning. … It is consummately important to teach the gospel and life’s lessons to children and youth.” He taught that the Lord gives the responsibility of teaching to parents.
There are lots of fun and effective ways to teach your children. We’ve made a list of five easy ways you to successfully teach your children important gospel principles.
1. Mormon Channel Kids App
At the end of last year, we launched our newest mobile app, Mormon Channel Kids. This storybook app was made to entertain and educate. Users can read each uplifting story on their own or have a narrator read to them. The stories are interactive as well, so playing is encouraged. Each month Mormon Channel will release new stories in the app, which is available for download on iOS and Android devices.
2. Object Lessons
Object lessons are great to try during a family home evening, Primary, or Sunday School lesson. They can be powerful and memorable, but most important, they are easy for children to understand and relate to. When the Savior was on the earth, He taught the people using everyday things, such as water, rocks, and coins, to make His teachings easier to comprehend. And not only do object lessons boost learning, they also involve your children while you teach them.
3. Family Activities
Put the principles you are trying to teach into action. Plan a family activity that allows every family member to feel the effects of living the gospel. For example, serve a neighbor or someone in need.
Serving others teaches hard work, compassion, and love for one another, as Christ loves everyone. You can regularly teach your children different principles of the gospel by having weekly or monthly family activities.
4. Games and Songs
There are two things most, if not all, children love doing—playing games and singing songs. LDS.org has a collection of fun games and activities children can try at home and during sacrament meeting. You can also browse a list of family games you can play together.
The Children’s Songbook is a great resource to use for teaching children because the songs are usually simple and always sweet. The best way for children to learn a song is hearing it sung several times. Play the songs at home and in the car. To further your children’s understanding of gospel principles in these songs, ask them what the songs teach them, add actions to certain lyrics, and display related pictures or scriptures as you sing together.
5. Your Example
One of the best ways to teach the gospel is by living it. The Savior is our greatest example of how we need to live our lives. Set an example for your children by remembering Him in your words and actions
As a parent, you must seize every opportunity to teach your children what is right and true. Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president, said, “If we don’t teach our children, the world will. Children’s minds are soft and open to instruction. What we want them to know five years from now we need to teach them today.”
Now is the time to teach your children, and these are ways you can do it.