I’ve decided to try to take a moment each day to teach each of the kids some important gospel principle. They are so young, and it would be easy to start the habit now. If I wait, it will get tougher to do later.
Some say that they will make church available to their kids, but will allow them to choose whether or not they want to attend.
This idea is terribly lacking. Our children cannot choose between good and evil if they do not get sufficient encouragement toward the good. Just by living in the world, they will see all the bad they need to in order to know what the bad choices are.
If we do ALL WE CAN to teach, guide, and encourage, our children to live the gospel – if we live the gospel as conspicuously as we can, and do all we can to help our kids know how a righteous person lives the gospel, then and only then will they have sufficient knowledge to choose whether to accept or reject it.
The world will not offer them the fulness of the gospel. You must do that. Then, when they are mature enough, and have had enough exposure to know the blessings of a Christ-centered life, they will choose.
And a good parent will never give up, no matter how how strongly the child turns against the truth, they will continue to love, encourage, exemplify, and teach their children the Lord’s way to live.
That is how we give our kids agency. Anything less is denying them the opportunity to choose.