Practicing for Heaven: The Parable of the Piano Lessons

by Brad Wilcox, Wendee Wilcox Rosborough, Brian Call

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Practicing for heaven

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David hates practicing piano. He's frustrated by how hard it is and all the mistakes he makes. With his mom's help, he comes to understand how that's all part of the learning process. She also uses the moment to help David comprehend more about the Atonement: Christ has paid the price so that we can learn and improve. We aren't earning our way to heaven—we're practicing for it, and Christ is willing to help us every step of the way.

Practicing for Heaven also includes teachings tips for parents who wish to teach children of all ages about the Savior's Atonement and grace.

About the Authors

Brad Wilcox

Brad Wilcox is an associate professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University where he also enjoys teaching at Campus Education Week and Especially for Youth. He also loves presenting at Time Out for Women events across the country. He is the author of The Continuous Atonement, The Continuous Conversion, and The 7-Day Christian, and the BYU devotional, "His Grace is Sufficient." As a young man, Brad served his mission in Chile and later returned to that country to preside over the Chile Santiago East Mission from 2003 to 2006. He also served as a member of the Sunday School General Board from 2009 to 2014. Brad and his wife, Debi, are the parents of four children and grandparents of five.

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Wendee Wilcox Rosborough

WENDEE WILCOX ROSBOROUGH graduated from BYU with a BS in Home and Family Living. She once served on the planning committee for BYU Women's Conference and has also spoken there with her father, Brad Wilcox. She lives with her husband and two boys in Provo, Utah, and loves to read, write, travel, and play the piano when her sons allow her a few spare moments.

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Brian Call

Brian Call is an illustrator and an educator. He lives and works in Ammon, Idaho, with his wife and kids. Brian served as a missionary in Puerto Rico and loved the time he spent sharing the gospel with the people there. Now his kids are growing up and leaving home to serve missions of their own. Brian has illustrated Practicing for Heaven, Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories, and Illustrated Bible Stories for Latter-day Saints and many other books. Brian also shares his love of drawing as a teacher in the art department at BYU-Idaho.

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Thoughtful and humbling!
By , Submitted on 2015-09-09

I am grateful I read this amazing, yet simply profound book. It touched my heart, and I do not have children at all. I was reminded to be easy on myself, to know that why should I hold myself accountable for something that my children didn't do in my life. Why should I have them hurt, and most of all why should I stop being a mom, or a parent, or a sibling, or a friend because of the bad things that I USED to do. Should I give up because it is hard, or do I keep going. Well, yes, keep going because the Atonement of our Elder Brother, even the Savior Jesus Christ is real. It is for me, and I can move forward knowing that because I accessed repentance and did the repentance process. He really doesn't look at that anymore. So, why should I? I will not because I am loved. As, I know, I feel remorse for my PAST actions and sins, feel the peace, comfort, understanding, compassion, forgiveness, and the ability to forgive others and myself and keep trying and pushing through my trials because my Elder Brother did it before me, it's because the Atonement makes a HUGE difference in our lives. GREAT book and a GREAT read!

The Perfect Parable of Grace
By , Submitted on 2015-04-15

The perfect parable to explain grace in a way many can understand, making a sometimes difficult concept easier to grasp. The illustrations are beautiful (and it's fun to see where the cat is in each picture--I can imagine children loving to look for that each page). I can imagine reading this book to Primary children or in FHE would make a great introduction to the doctrine of our Savior's saving grace.

Beautiful book!
By , Submitted on 2015-04-03

Practicing for Heaven is a beautiful book with a powerful message. I especially related to the piano analogy because I used to play myself and I was also a reluctant practitioner. I love how the mother sits down with her son and explains to him the importance of not giving up when things get hard or when it seems that all one does is make mistakes. Not only is the text beautifully written and perfect for sharing with children, but the illustrations are gorgeous and wonderfully highlights the text. The story points out the importance of teaching children about the atonement and how the power of the atonement provides strength to overcome our sins and weaknesses. I loved the idea of 'practicing for heaven'. Because Jesus died for us he has the right to ask something of us and that he does it to help us become like him so we can be ready to live in heaven. I find this a wonderful way to help children understand an important doctrine. The authors give additional information at the end of the book about ways to help teach children about the atonement including additional resources. A beautiful book all around!

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