1 And now it came to pass that Ammon and king Limhi began to consult with the people how they should deliver themselves out of bondage; and even they did cause that all the people should gather themselves together; and this they did that they might have the voice of the people concerning the matter.
I think of the traditional definition that says a family council is a time when a father and mother sit down and go through a list of dos and don’ts with their children. I was never able to make it work that way. I found that when the list came out, it turned the children off. So I tried bringing up a specific problem—such as the garden needs weeding—and then simply asked the family, ‘What can we do about it? What are your ideas?’
A council is when parents let their children help solve the problem. And when everyone agrees to a solution, everyone will have ownership of the problem (“Family Councils: A Conversation with Elder and Sister Ballard,” Ensign, June 2003).
Today, I will seek to involve others in the process of solving problems that will affect us as a group. I will remember that we increase the probability of finding an answer that works if more people are involved in the idea generation process. I will also remember that people are more likely to buy in to a solution when they feel that they have been part of the problem-solving process.