14 And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness.
15 But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.
At the end of King Benjamin’s reign, he called his people together to give them an accounting of his service, to transfer power to his son Mosiah, and to teach them the importance of taking upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ.
Partway through his sermon, the people were so overcome with a sense of their need for the Savior that they collectively prayed for their sins to be forgiven. They received an assurance through the Holy Ghost that they had been cleansed.
King Benjamin then instructed them about what they should do as covenant disciples of Jesus Christ. As shown in the passage above, some of his instructions related to their roles as parents.
Parents have a responsibility to care for their children and to provide the necessities of life until the children are old enough to be independent. They have a responsibility to establish order in the household and to ensure that their home is a safe place, both physically and emotionally. They are also responsible to teach their children “to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World“).
Today, I will remember the importance of my role as a father. I will consider what I can do to help make our home a refuge from the world and I will consider what I need to teach my children now to help them in their development.