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During Sacrament meeting today, the following question popped into my mind as I was pondering inspiration: Can parents receive inspiration for their adult children?
We know that parents are entitled to inspiration and revelation on behalf of their children. But when does that entitlement end? When, if ever, are they no longer qualified for such a privilege and blessing?
President James E. Faust once said the following:
If worthy, we are entitled to receive revelations for ourselves, parents for their children, and members of the Church in their callings. But the right of revelation for others does not extend beyond our own stewardship. (James E. Faust, via Quoty)
This then means that a parent can only receive revelation for his/her child during his/her stewardship over them. So, the question becomes: When, if ever, does a parent’s stewardship over his/her child cease?
When speaking about stewardships, Elder Nelson once taught:
In our families, our church, and our work, privileges for stewardship come and go. (Russell M. Nelson, “The Five A’s of Stewardship”)
We learn here, then, that different stewardships have different life spans. In my calling as a missionary, I had a stewardship for two years over the people I was assigned to teach. As part of my stewardship, I was given certain privileges—namely, inspiration/revelation regarding those I taught.
While parents never cease to be parents, I would argue that their stewardship over their children ends not when they reach a certain age, but when they marry. Age means little in the eternal scheme of things, especially when government-dictated ages of adulthood would vary from state to state, country to country. Instead, God has given a commandment regarding when a parents’ stewardship over his/her child seemingly ends:
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Gen. 2:24)
“Leaving” our parents and cleaving unto a spouse seems to indicate a transferral of stewardship, which may be defined as “responsibility”. However, it would seem that while specific stewardship may end at the time of the child’s marriage, there still exists some connection to or authority over the child. Speaking to fathers, and no doubt parents in general, President Benson stated the following:
Fathers, yours is an eternal calling from which you are never released. …a father’s calling is eternal, and its importance transcends time. It is a calling for both time and eternity. (Ezra Taft Benson, via Quoty)
So if the parents still retain their “calling” throughout eternity, would this indicate that the stewardship remains intact despite marriage? If so, what “priviliges” are the parents entitled to as stewards over their adult children?
What think ye?