As we traveled in the car one day my 7 year old son asked me, “Mom, are there any guys who used to be bad guys, but then wanted to be good guys, and then became prophets?” Not exactly your average, everyday question.
Filed under: Book of Mormon, For Parents & Leaders, Life Lessons, Scripture Time
June is perhaps one of my favorite months. No, not because school is almost out (hooray!). I love the fact that we get to celebrate fathers.
One Christmas my mother pulled me aside, holding a small package in her hand. I was surprised, as we’d opened all our gifts and were busying enjoying them.
For some teenagers the strongest way they feel and receive love is through service. Service is a language most parents naturally speak. From the time our children are first born it becomes our responsibility to change diapers, cook food, wash clothes, and look after the physical welfare of our little ones.
Quality time can be one of the hardest languages of love to speak, especially for someone who doesn’t personally care about quality time. My oldest feels the most love through quality time. She’s constantly asking to do things together either with me, or her dad. Finding that time with three other kids in the house is terribly difficult right now while she is still a child. I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult it’s going to be as she enters the bustling teenage world.
Communicating love to your teen in any aspect can be a treacherous road, yet perhaps none is trickier than through positive physical touch. Due to fluctuating hormones, a constant sense of uncertainty, and the drastic highs and lows in their moods it can be difficult to figure out just when the right time hits to reinforce your love.
One of the most powerful statements I’ve ever heard on the power our words hold was given by a latter-day apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed Mormon Church) by the name of Jeffrey R. Holland.
For some parents it may seem like the most difficult thing in the world to do at time: love your teenager. The angelic little boy who used to love giving out hugs and kisses now flinches away from any signs of affection. The precious little girl who would heartily proclaim, “I love you,” now says hardly a word at all.
Never let it be said the youth are not important. From the beginning of time the use of young people to further the work of the Lord has been utilized again and again.