What is the purpose of life? We’re here to gain a body and a family, to learn, to be tested, to develop faith, and ultimately to return to our Heavenly Father. However, the Book of Mormon also offers another interesting perspective on the purpose of our time here on earth:
One day I read an article by a college freshman who bragged about having become an atheist that year. Her reasons seemed to have more to do with wanting to rebel against her parents than with any carefully thought out reasoning, but one aspect of her article stood out to me. She said she was the highest power in the universe and she liked that idea. If she was the highest power, she didn’t have to follow anyone else’s rules or make any sacrifices she didn’t want to make.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (2 Nephi 19 and Isaiah 9)
Two hours is a long time to entertain toddlers. The schedule suggested in the lesson manual is valuable for making the time move along without allowing children to become bored or fussy. However, it can be challenging to think of games to play with children so young.
I once substituted in the class I had taught a few years before. When I got the children seated, one of them looked around anxiously and asked, “Sister Bittner, where is your rule chart? We need to do the rules.” After so long and several teachers, they still remembered my rule chart. The chart had a picture of a girl in a long dress, drawn by my daughter. I pointed to several areas of her body and asked questions which the children answered.
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