28 DOMESTIC ED UCA TION.
Chapter* I IT.
SECOND CONDITION OF SUCCESSFUL CHILD-
JUST as the family is the original fountain of
the state, and, also, its original nursery, so,
also, is it the original fountain and nursery of
the Church of the living God. Herein the child
must be trained for usefulness, both in the Church
and the state. Hence there must be a Church
within the family, and an altar at its fireside.
This family Church must have its laws, its order,
and its government, which must be well con¬
sidered before they be adopted; but when once
adopted, they ought to be enforced, conscien¬
tiously and daily-
There are those who attend the public sanctu¬
ary of the Lord as regularly as the earth re¬
volves around its axis; they join the congrega¬
tion of the saints to sing "psalms, hymns, and
spiritual songs," to make prayers and supplica¬
tions, to hear the Gospel of salvation preached,
so as to develop their intellectual, moral, and