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Keeping It Real
A few weeks after my CTR 5 class had a lesson on repentance, we again were talking about it. I asked if someone would tell us about repentance. Sweet Lauren raised her hand and gave an example in great detail of taking candy from a store: taking it, eating it, not enjoying it, feeling guilty and sad, telling your parents, and then maybe going back to the store to pay for it. She then said: "You can't unswallow candy." That led to a profound discussion!
Today, family home evening was about counting our blessings. I showed the children a video showing how the Church is doing humanitarian work in the Polochic region of Guatemala (my home country) and helping villagers get access to drinking water. To open, we sang "Count Your Blessings." Lately my children have been begging for a particular gadget from the Apple Store, arguing that "everybody else has it," and so I felt it appropriate to change the words in the third verse from "When you look at others with their land and gold" to "When you look at others with their iPod Touch…." They laughed hysterically and asked to repeat that verse for the closing song.
Wendy A. Rojas
From the Mouth of Babes
Two-year-old Noel helped 4-month-old Eliza roll over a while ago, causing the baby to scream. Four-year-old Amy told Noel she needed to say “I’m sorry” to Heavenly Father in her prayers.
Plea For Help
My oldest son, who is studying for Web-Integrator, keeps some of his computer programs on a memory stick so that he can access and work with them on any computer wherever he is. Recently he was at my home using my computer and I noticed he had attached an old zipper puller to the memory stick. The zipper pull had the image of Liahona on one side and on the other side the words of Alma 37:40: “And it did work for them according to their faith in God.”
If only that could always do the trick in making computers work!
The Noble and Great Ones
I am teaching seminary to my son, who has
Looks Can Be Deceiving
I teach the 9-year-olds in Primary. One Sunday I had my youngest son—a young adult, who is 6’6” tall—help me bring supplies from the library. I introduced him to the class, told them his name and said, “This is my son, and he is my baby.” One little boy came up to me and asked: “How can he be your baby? He’s bigger than you!”
Then and Now
Today, as I see children riding in their luxury air-conditioned vans watching television and sipping a beverage from a cup that has been held in a cup holder, I imagine the pioneer children walking across the plains. I compare the two scenarios.
"Pioneer children sang as they walked and walked and walked and walked."
“Modern day children whine as they ride and ride and ride and ride."
Trish Manwaring is an assistant editor of Meridian Magazine.