The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Discipline

"But after knowing what it is we must teach, it is equally important to know how to teach gospel truths to our families. This matter of how to teach is something we must learn for ourselves through study, experience, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, which 'shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith.' (D&C 42:14.) Whatever our method, however, we should remember that our teaching, to be successful and effective, must convince our children that living the gospel is the way to happiness. If they feel that the discipline, attitudes, and practices to which they are subject are arbitrary, that without reason they restrict their activities and keep them from enjoying life, they will conform only so long as we have them under our immediate influence." — Marion G. Romney, "Let Us Set in Order Our Own Houses," Ensign, Jan. 1985, p. 5

"The price of discipleship is obedience. In many languages, the word disciple has the same root as the word discipline. Self-discipline and self-control are consistent and permanent characteristics of the followers of Jesus." — James E. Faust, "The Price of Discipleship," Ensign, Apr. 1999, p. 2

"In the Lord’s plan, parents are to teach their children during the impressionable and formative years when they develop attitudes and habits that last a lifetime. President Brigham Young wisely recognized that 'the time of youth and early manhood is the proper time' to gain mastery over bodily appetites and passions. He warned that 'the man who suffers his passions to lead him becomes a slave to them, and such a man will find the work of emancipation an exceedingly difficult one.' (Letters of Brigham Young to His Sons, ed. Dean C. Jessee, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974, p. 130.)" — Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Fruits of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ," Ensign, Nov. 1991, p. 16

"We cannot excuse ourselves or rationalize or justify even the smallest things in our lives that we need to master. We must work to overcome them. We can become the masters of our own destinies by practicing self-discipline, by setting worthy goals that will lead to higher ground so that we can become what our Heavenly Father wants us to become." — M. Russell Ballard, "Do Things That Make a Difference," Ensign, June 1983, p. 74

"Fasting helps to teach us self-mastery. It helps us to gain the discipline we need to have control over ourselves." — L. Tom Perry, "The Law of the Fast," Ensign, May 1986, p. 32

"The greatest mystery a man ever learned, is to know how to control the human mind, and bring every faculty and power of the same in subjection to Jesus Christ; this is the greatest mystery we have to learn while in these tabernacles of clay." - Brigham Young, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols. [London: Latter-day Saints' Book Depot, 1854-1886], 1:47

"President Harold B. Lee once said, 'Most men do not set priorities to guide them in allocating their time and most men forget that the first priority should be to maintain their own spiritual and physical strength; then comes their family; then the Church, and then their professions, and all need time.' In giving time to his children, a father should be able to demonstrate that he has enough love for his children to commend as well as discipline them. Children want and need discipline. As they approach some dangers, they are silently pleading, 'Don't let me do it.' President McKay said that if we do not adequately discipline our children, society will discipline them in a way we may not like. Wise discipline reinforces the dimensions of eternal love. This reinforcement can bring great security and stability into their lives." - James E. Faust, "To Reach Even unto You," p.59

The instructions on how to correct are clear and simple: early on, with the peace of the Holy Ghost, and with enough of the healing power within us to make sure that self-esteem is never wounded, ensuring always that the individual feels important and capable. - Dallas N. Archibald, “Born of Goodly Parents,” Ensign (CR) October 1992

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