Sunday, April 13, 2008

God Says Clean Your Room

Last weekend was our church's General Conference, broadcast worldwide. In the Sunday afternoon session, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave a great talk on mothers, their responsibilities and our responsibilities to them. He said (emphasis mine):
Now, you children, please listen to me because there are some simple things you can do to help your mother.

You can pick up your toys when you are finished playing with them, and when you get a little older, you can make your bed, help with the dishes, and do other chores—without being asked.

You can say thank you more often when you finish a nice meal, when a story is read to you at bedtime, or when clean clothes are put in your drawers.

Most of all, you can put your arms around your mother often and tell her you love her.

Now Elder Ballard is sustained twice a year as a prophet, seer, and revelator, and in conference he speaks with that authority, which is the authority to address the church in the name of God. So this means that kids should treat it as if God said to clean your room! As soon as I heard this I said to the kids: "See, kids! What have I been telling you? Even a prophet says clean your room!"

To learn more about how you can join the religion in which God commands children to clean their rooms, go here. ;)