So, you’ve talked to your kids about what it means to be a savior on Mount Zion.
That is wonderful!
Now you can take the next important step:
Here are 5 inspiring ways to help them begin to understand
the magnitude of blessings that are attached
to being a “savior on Mount Zion.”
Blessing #1 – Kids who are saviors on Mt. Zion overcome selfishness
The element of selfishness crowds in upon us constantly.
We need to overcome it,
and there is no better way than to go to the house of the Lord
and there serve in a vicarious relationship
in behalf of those who are beyond the veil of death.Gordon B. Hinckley
Your kids have detailed examples of “how to be selfish” all around them.
It can be difficult to counteract that powerful theme the world immerses them in.
Here is the ultimate super weapon that you have been looking for.
They can become “saviors on Mount Zion”.
As they serve as saviors in the Temple
they can develop the habit of thinking about the welfare of other people.
That unselfishness muscle memory is a powerful antidote
to the selfishness seeping into their lives.
Blessing #2 – Open a treasury of joy
“Let your hearts rejoice,
and be exceedingly glad.
Let the earth break forth into singing.
Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel,
who hath ordained, before the world was,
that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prison;
for the prisoners shall go free.”Doctrine & Covenants 128:22
Not only can saviors on Mount Zion
look forward to deep and abiding gratitude
from the good people they serve after this life is over,
Your children have been promised joy right now from their unselfish service.
The joy of helping others, the joy of serving Heavenly Father is an untapped resource for many young people.
Blessing #3 – Struggling to help your kids connect with others? Temple work can help
I encourage you . . . to prepare yourselves
to perform proxy baptisms in the house of the Lord for your kindred dead . . .
As you respond in faith to this invitation, your hearts shall turn to the fathers . . .
Your love and gratitude for your ancestors will increase.
Your testimony of and conversion to the Savior will become deep and abiding.David A. Bednar
The bent neck.
In past generations it was a sign of humility, perhaps even prayer.
But in this era, it is a sure sign that your child has checked out.
They are immersed in the internet,
in a virtual world that excludes the people around them.
Your concerns are justified.
Temple work can help address that serious problem.
As they serve others,
as they connect to the Holy Ghost
their hearts and minds will open to reality.
Their social abilities can find healing and growth
through serving Heavenly Father’s beloved children.
Most importantly, their connection to God will grow stronger.
Blessing #4 – Your children will be known as “saviors”
“Inasmuch as you have been instruments in the hands of God
in procuring their redemption,
you will be recognized as Saviors upon Mount Zion
in fulfillment of prophecy.”Wilford Woodruff
How can you ensure your child’s future?
Start with Temple service.
You could encourage them to work to have M.D, D.D.S
or some other impressive honorific attached to their name.
Those are great goals.
But imagine that your child is seen as a savior forever — not just in this life.
That is something with even longer lasting benefits.
The blessings of being saviors on Mt. Zion will flow for all eternity for your kids.
Blessing #5 – They will become more like the Savior
Just as our Redeemer gave His life as a vicarious sacrifice for all men,
and in so doing became our Savior,
even so we,
in a small measure,
when we engage in proxy work in the temple,
become as saviors to those on the other side
who have no means of advancing
unless something is done in their behalf by those on earth.Gordon B. Hinckley
I have saved the most important, the most central blessing for last.
As your child serves in the Temple,
they are literally and figuratively following in the Savior’s footprints.
The more they follow Him, the more they will become like Him.
They will become stronger, wiser and more full of love.
They will receive greater protection
and will become more able to affect the world for good.
Becoming saviors on Mount Zion will bring powerful eternal blessings to your kids
Your kids can:
- Overcome selfishness
- Receive great joy
- Learn to connect with other people
- Be known eternally as saviors
- And ultimately become more like the Savior as they serve as saviors on Mount Zion.
The blessings are so great that they are hard to even express.
The sooner we start,
the sooner our kids can start reaping the harvest of benefits
that the Lord is waiting to offer them.