Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 66: January 14, 1904
If the young people were taught these things in the spirit thereof, and were induced by example and proper family government, in love, to practice them, no complaint would need be made about neglect of duty, and hoodlumism. But this cannot be done unless parents themselves are exemplary, and this, evidently, they are not always. There are idlers among them, also; they are not seeking earnestly the riches of eternity, but their eyes are full of greedi ness they spend their time and thoughts upon material things. They do not pray; they are worldly in mind, in habits and actions. The inco'rrigibility of the children is due to their carelessness, and some day there will be a wakening, and parents will realize the fearful, awful fact, that the sins of their children are resting upon their heads.
I wish my voice could be heard in every family in Zion. Lovingly, and yet as firmly as if my soul's salvation depended upon it, I would repeat to every father and mother the words of the Lord to Zion: These things ought not to be; and must be done away from among them; and a commandment I give unto them, that he that observeth not his prayers before the Lord in the season thereof, let him be had in remembrance before the judge of my people. These sayings are true and faithful; therefore transgress them not, neither take therefrom.
Are you guilty of neglecting your prayers? Have you failed by word, pre cept, and example in teaching your children, in love and with abiding interest.
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