The Lord has provided me some specific tender mercies over the years to give me comfort and at least partial answers to these questions. These tender mercies did not come at once, but in hindsight I can see they came when I needed them. Importantly, they came at times and in ways that have helped to build my testimony that God knows me and is personally mindful of me.
This Christmas season I invite each of us to foster and care more for the child of God within us and bend to the exigencies of life and finances less—to take joy in the wonderful and simple journey to be the child that is like those who make up the kingdom of God.
I have a testimony that assisting our Father in Heaven in teaching children to love and serve the Lord is one of the most important blessings and responsibilities He has given us. The Savior loved and taught the little children, and we are to follow His example.
While it may appear to be easier to respect those we don’t know well or to love those who are most like ourselves, we have been commanded to love everyone. This includes those who have life circumstances different from our own, whether those circumstances be culture, race, religion, socioeconomic status, ability level, or any of a vast number of human differences.
As caring adults we have a responsibility to love, to reach out to, and to teach them as our Father in Heaven instructs us to do.
Nothing can be more important to teach our children than love. We must exemplify love in our family relationships and teach them about the love of God.
To transmit religious traditions to their children, parents must live their own testimonies and understand the harmonious balance of love and control.
In trying to follow the example of the Savior, we should look to the example of little children and the special gifts that they have.
It is each of our responsibility to preserve generational testimony by teaching truth to our children and strengthening our families.
As members of the household of God, we are entitled to infinite blessings if we live worthy of the name we have been given.
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