Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Do they know?

The only photo I took today was during Family Home Evening, 
Nicholas saved his money to buy a hatchet, and was really 
excited to show the family.
After show-and-tell, Mr. Nielson gave us a spiritual thought about testimony.
A testimony is a spiritual witness given by the Holy Ghost.
It's knowledge that God lives and Jesus Christ is His Son. 
A testimony is knowing that the Church is led by a living prophet.
We each bore testimonies of what we believe, and what we absolutely know to be true.
I am proud of my children and who they are becoming.   

Today on the trail I listened to a wonderful talk by the amazing Jeffery R. Holland called:
"A Prayer for the Children."

I was particularly touched by this part:

"Do our children know that we love the scriptures?  
Do they see us reading them and marking them and clinging to them in daily life?  
Have our children ever unexpectedly opened a 
closed door and found us on our knees in prayer?  
Have they heard us not only praying with them but also praying for 
them out of nothing more than sheer parental love?
Do your children know we believe in fasting as something more than
 an obligatory first-Sunday-of-the-month hardship?
Do they know we have fasted for them and for their future on days
 about which they knew nothing?  
Do they know we love being in the temple, not least because it provides a
 bond to them that neither death nor the legions of hell can break?  
Do they know we love and sustain local and general leaders, 
imperfect as they are, for their willingness to accept callings 
they did not seek in order to preserve 
a standard of righteousness they did not create?  
Do those children know that we love God with all our heart 
and that we long to see the face--and fall at the feet of His Only Begotten son?"
(Elder Holland holding baby Lottie, 2012)