Sunday, September 29, 2013

the testimony of a child.

Once every year a typical Mormon church (or Latter-Day Saints as we are officially known) worship service is taken over by the children of the congregation who have prepared for months to learn songs and scriptures and small speaking parts to share in the Primary (the youth organization ages 3-12) Program.  Having been in a single's congregation for most of the past 10 years I've missed out on these joyful performances but since being a basement dweller at my parent's recently I've been attending their congregation full of kids and today was their Primary Program.

Why is it that truth just seems to be a bit more true when uttered by a child?  Sure there were the goof offs and the silly faces, the near-brawls between the littlest participants, the incessant waving to the members of the audience and the shouts of 'hi mom' at inopportune moments. But there was also a great deal of heartfelt testifying; whispered, shouted and sung from the pulpit for everyone to hear. In words and song we were taught about the beauties of God's creations, the power of repentance and the Atonement, the blessings of the family unit, the promise of God's eventual return to earth, the efficacy of prayer and the truthfulness of the scriptures, the doctrine of prophets and continuing revelation and more. It's hard to argue with anything so humbly and sincerely shared.

There are few things more touching than a chorus of children's voices singing the facts that we are each children of a Heavenly Father who knows and loves us, who have divine purposes to fulfill and that we can return to our heavenly home when all is said and done.

Whether you have heard the song before and know the words or not, I invite you to take a moment to really listen to the message and think about what it means for your life. Regardless of your situation or your beliefs you are never alone or forgotten. You are His.

If you're interested, you can go to the Mormon Channel to see more videos like this one or click the link at the top of the post to learn more about the church in general.

Have a great week!

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