Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Trek Prep Devotional - Todd & Jennifer McCleve
I have so enjoyed the devotionals offered by all of you. I have been reflecting for some time on what I might add to make the experience of being a Ma and Pa more meaningful and positive. Years ago I was involved in the Young Men’s program and it was recommended that YM’s presidents have the young men in the ward in their homes. Why? If the YM’s president and his wife were living their lives as they should, these young men would be exposed to a father who loves and respects his wife and a home where the Spirit resides. I know the influence of these YM’s leaders was powerful and did leave a lasting impression.
When we did our first Trek, this same emphasis was placed upon us as trek parents. We were told that we would have children in our trek families who had not seen a family functioning in the Gospel. I want to testify that this will be a reality with many of your trek children. In every trek family we’ve been involved in there have been youth in our families who have come from environments where living the Gospel is not a part of the family environment. It is so important to show the love and respect for our spouses that a Celestial marriage demands. Your trek children will bask in the love that you as a couple radiate. Too many of our youth are in homes that are either broken or headed that way. You have been chosen for this role for a reason and my hope is that your trek children will see the love of the Gospel through you.
My favorite scripture: (Alma 7:23-24)
“And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.”
Todd and Jennifer McCleve