How Fertilizing My Lawn Taught Me About Child Rearing…

lawnIt may not seem exactly like it, but it is Spring around here. We’ve had sun, cold, rain, snow, sleet, high winds and beautiful days. So, I suppose that is exactly what Spring is in Utah.

The warmer temperatures have melted the snow so now you can see the grass in people’s yards. Of course, most of the grass starts pretty brown. Eventually things will “green up” but currently there are patches of brown and tan in parts of almost every yard.

That’s why I was a bit surprised to see my grass looking so green. Obviously I haven’t done anything to my grass this year yet. I haven’t even mowed or fertilized yet, and, because of the moisture, I haven’t watered anything. So what would cause the lawn to be greener than most?

I fertilized in the winter.

Last fall I grabbed a bag of “fall-winter fertilizer” (I don’t know what makes it “fall-winter fertilizer”) and it sat there in the garage for weeks. I’d keep planning to spread it on the lawn but I was pretty busy and then it got cold and windy and I didn’t really want to go out in that. There must have been a break in the weather. I spread the exact amount the bag explains and watered it in and forgot about it. And, as can be expected, nothing really happened. The snows eventually came and covered everything along with my memory of even doing it.

Now, if you ask most home and garden store employees that know anything, they’ll explain the the fall-winter fertilization is the big deal when it comes to lawns. Nothing seems to happen when you apply the fertilizer, but the grass benefits quite a bit later, in the spring, when you are ready to go out and play on it…

For the same reasons, our families have been taught to hold Family Home Evenings each week.

For the same reasons, our families have been taught to study the scriptures together while the children are young.

For the same reasons, our families have been taught to hold family prayers while our children are young.

And the list goes on. It may not always seem like anything is happening right now as a result of living the gospel in our homes, but you’ll see. Time will pass and the lawn will green up as a result of early teaching, loving, and living.

In the Book of Mormon, Alma teachers one of his sons this very truth:

O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God. (Alma 37:35)

One of the reasons why this is so important is the law of the harvest:

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galations 6:7-9)

If you’re a little discouraged regarding your family scripture study or prayer or Family Home Evenings, keep going. Keep working. Spring will come and you’ll begin to see some of the blessings of your efforts.

Be Encouraging…



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