A message to youth from the prophet of the Lord:
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I am really impressed with this quote and thought I would share it with you today…. I may have shared it before, but it is such a good scripture:
“That which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness. That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” –Doctrine and Covenants 50:23-24
Do the things that you do in your everyday life edify? Do the things that you listen to, watch, or view edify you?
This video really touched me today. I hope you are touched by it as well and perhaps want to be a little better because of it.
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Yesterday I went over and visited my nieces. I have three of them and they are all under the age of four. It was so fun to take time to play with them and read stories to them. Children are so precious. They seem so close to our Heavenly Father and so innocent.
I like recording tender mercies that I see in my life every day in a journal. Last night the tender mercy was feeling so loved by one of my nieces. I left right after the girls were put down to nap. When this one niece got up and realized that I wasn’t there she started crying and asking for me. Her mom then allowed her to talk on the phone with me which made her feel a little better.
It is so precious that a simple act like that can make you feel so loved. Children love. They do not care about our little faults. They are so easy and willing to forgive. How wonderful it is to have children around us in our lives to be able to see and feel of the kind of love our Father in Heaven has for us.
This is for the mothers. I was deeply touched when I watched this last night. Our Heavenly Father loves each of us. We are each one of His precious children.
I like this quote from another blog of a Christian mother with five children. I heard the quote when Elder Neil L. Andersen quoted it in general conference. This mother commented:
“(Growing) up in this culture, it is very hard to get a biblical perspective on motherhood…Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get…Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.”
Are you magnifying the light that Christ has given you?
As Children of God
We are each a spirit son or daughter of God. This is clearly stated in the New Testament in Romans 8:16 which says:
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
We are the children of God. What a glorious message! What are you doing as a son or daughter of God? Do you remember who you are as you walk out of the door or get out of bed in the morning? Do you remember your divine heritage as you interact with others? Do you think also of theirs?
The Light of Christ
As children of God, we are given the light of Christ. Jesus Christ truly is the light. In 3 Nephi 18: 24 in the Book of Mormon Christ says that He is the light that we shall hold up. In Doctrine and Covenants 6:21, He says that He is “the light which shineth in darkness.”
What are you doing with the light of Christ that is inside of you? His Spirit truly is a part of us, as we are His children. Are we smothering this light or are we allowing ourselves to be a vessel for His light to shine to all?
I know that as we follow Christ and choose Him, our lives are blessed. We are able to magnify the light that Christ has given us to hold up as we follow in His footsteps. We, like Christ, can each be a light that shines in the darkness as we rely on and build our foundation on Him.
Heavenly Father, Are you really there?
As a child, and even sometimes not as a child, we wonder if there really is a God in heaven. We wonder if Heavenly Father is really there. We wonder if He really does answer our prayers and pay attention to us. I believe that even the most devout Christians have had times where they have contemplated and pondered these thoughts.
I know that I have at times. I have especially when I am about to pray and when I am striving to make my prayers more sincere. Am I really talking to someone? Yes! And He cares! He answers!
A Child’s Prayer
When I was a child and went to church, one of the songs the children would sing is A Child’s Prayer. This used to be one of my favorite songs to sing at church. It touches on so many of the thoughts that many of us have concerning our Heavenly Father and heavenly home. The lyrics are as follows:
“Heav-en-ly Fa-ther, are you real-ly there? And do you hear and an-swer ev-‘ry child’s prayer? Some say that heav-en is far a-way. , but I feel it close a-round me as I pray. Heav-en-ly Fa-ther, I re-mem-ber now. Some-thing that Je-sus told dis-ci-ples long a-go: “Suf-fer the chil-dren to come to me.” Fa-ther, in prayer I’m com-ing now to thee.
Pray, he is there; Speak, he is lis-t’ning. You are his child; His love now sur-rounds you. He hears your prayer; He loves the chil-dren. Of such is the king-dom, the king-dom of heav’n.”
What thoughts have you had concerning God or your Father in Heaven? What thoughts does this song bring to your mind? How can you have a greater testimony of the reality of God?
I know that my Father in Heaven is really there. He does really answer every one of my prayers. I have felt His love and it does surround you. He loves you and He does answer your prayers. He is there. He waits to hear from you.
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Can you hear the prayer of the children?
Prayer of the Children
Ever since I heard this song when I was in high school, I have loved it. I would invite you to reflect on the words of the song and share what it means to you:
“Can you hear the prayer of the children?
On bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room
Empty eyes with no more tears to cry
Turning heavenward toward the light
Crying Jesus, help me
To see the morning light-of one more day
But if I should die before I wake,
I pray my soul to take
Can you feel the hearts of the children?
Aching for home, for something of their very own
Reaching hands, with nothing to hold on to,
But hope for a better day a better day
Crying Jesus, help me
To feel the love again in my own land
But if unknown roads lead away from home,
Give me loving arms, away from harm
Can you hear the voice of the children?
Softly pleading for silence in a shattered world?
Angry guns preach a gospel full of hate,
Blood of the innocent on their hands
Crying Jesus, help me
To feel the sun again upon my face,
For when darkness clears I know you’re near,
Bringing peace again
Dali cujete sve djecje molitive?
‘Can you hear all the children’s prayers?’)
Can you hear the prayer of the children?.”
The world is a crazy place, and people, children, are praying. What are we doing to make their prayers and our own prayers come to fruition?
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