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Thou Shalt Not Covet

In our Family Home Evenings we use a word of the week to teach a gospel principle. First was adversity, then citizenship, and this week we did the word "covet". So far "covet" has been the most popular topic.

I started by telling the story of King Ahab coveting the vineyard of Naboth. I told it Horrible Histories style so they enjoyed the story. Then we talked about coveting. I realized that I was learning just as much as they were.

I have been guilty of coveting. I was warned in my patriarchal blessing about getting caught up into fashion. I love fashion and can spend hours reading and shopping for the finest and most interesting clothing. Going to an area where women wear the latest fashions and I have on an outfit two years behind can ruin my day with my family. What a waste! Even my daughter fussed at me for wanting to buy a $100 shirt. (It was on sale!) I catch myself coveting the latest fashions I see on magazine covers. I want to see that $300 price tag hanging off of a shirt that I buy.

The Scriptures specifically warn about caring too much for fine clothing. For myself, that form of coveting leads to spiritual apathy. I can use my time for better things.

It has been two days and the kids still talk about coveting but we adults learned more. I will remember this lesson when trying to buy a home. I am coveting a home on McClain when a modest home in Woodbridge would be fine!


  1. I think we are all like that. I think I've been secretly coveting a new camera, but I know better and I can't afford it. Do I want it? Yes. Do I need it? Probably yes, but I can also make do with that I have for a while longer.

    I think that realizing a weakness in one's self can be a very powerful force for helping us to make wise choices and to know the difference between right, wrong, and fool's gold. Pyrite looks like the real thing and feels like, but it is a clever fake, courtesy of mother nature. I wonder if God put it there as a test as well. ;o)

    Thanks for sharing, Amber!


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