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“Teaching about Overcoming through Jesus Christ,” Liahona, April 2021

For Parents

Teaching about Overcoming through Jesus Christ

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Dear Parents,

This month’s issue includes important topics such as Jesus Christ and His Atonement, overcoming the cares of the world, and ministering when you or a friend is disabled. Use the articles listed below and their images to open up conversations with your family and help them understand these and other aspects of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Gospel Discussions

Focus on Christ

During this Easter season, we can focus more on the Savior and His atoning sacrifice for us. Use “Gospel Basics” on page 6 and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s article on page 8 to teach your children about what Jesus Christ has done for you and for them. Together, you could create a list of ways that Christ’s example, teachings, life, death, Atonement, and Resurrection bless you and your family today. Enhance your discussion with the article on page 22 about the stark differences between the Savior and Satan.

Consider ways that your family can do something Christlike this Easter season.

Overcome the Cares of the World

The will of the Lord should matter more to us than the cares of the world. Read the article on page 18 from Elder Hans T. Boom and discuss as a family these questions: What cares of the world are getting in your way? How can you focus more on the Lord’s will? Have you had an experience similar to Elder Boom’s? What did you learn?

Disabilities and Ministering

Read the articles on pages 30 and 32. Pull out the key concepts that seem most applicable to your children. If someone in your family experiences a disability, focus on the good he or she can do. If you minister to someone with a disability, discuss how these principles might change the way you can help that person.

Come, Follow Me Support

See page 25 for a brief account from the life of Jane Manning James, a faithful woman of the early Restoration.

See page 26 for material to support your family’s weekly Come, Follow Me study.

Family Study Fun

United as One

Doctrine and Covenants 38:24–31

In Doctrine and Covenants 38:27, the Savior says, “I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.” We are encouraged to be one that we “might escape the power of the enemy” (Doctrine and Covenants 38:31).

  1. Stand together in the center of the room.

  2. Choose one person to walk through the middle of the group.

  3. Repeat the exercise but this time as a group stand closer together, linking arms and hands if possible.

Discussion: How are we more protected from outside influences as we stand stronger and closer together? How does greater unity protect us? 

Personal Revelation

Doctrine and Covenants 42:61

The Lord will give us revelation for our lives. “If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge” (Doctrine and Covenants 42:61).

  1. Sit in a circle as a family. Take turns answering the question, “In what ways can I seek personal revelation?”

  2. Give examples from the scriptures.

  3. How do we “hear Him”?

Discussion: What steps can we take as a family to help each other receive and recognize personal revelation?

Optional activity: Read together President Russell M. Nelson’s talk “Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives,” Liahona, May 2018, 93–96.