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This site is mainly for those who work with children whether at home or at church, but is especially written for those working in the Primary organization.

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Please Note: "Cherishing Children" does not represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in any way, either officially or unofficially. I alone am responsible for its contents.

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Come Unto to Christ

Finding God

How Could the Father Tell the World?

Everything I Needed to Know I Learned From Primary Music

The Gentle Gardener

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Finding God

Author Unknown

      

I helped a little child to see

That God had made a willow tree

And God became more real to me.

 

I tried to lead a child through play

To grow more Christlike every day,

And I myself became that way.

 

I joined a junior child in prayer

And as we bowed in worship there

I felt the dear Lord's loving care.

 

Lord, keep us ever quick to see

By guiding children we find thee.

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You have been charged with the responsibility of working with the souls of the children of men, the same as mission presidents.  Oh, you do not go out on foreign missions. You stay home. You work with the Primary children close by, but, nevertheless, you are engaged in saving the souls of the children of men, in helping God's children to become the kind of men and women, sons and daughters, that our Heavenly Father would have them become.  So your work is equally important, and I hope and pray that the brethren of the priesthood in your homes and in your wards sustain you wholeheartedly in the great calling which has come to you as handmaidens of our Heavenly Father, working with His children.

Ezra Taft Benson

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Come Unto to Christ

by Debra Oaks Coe (c) 1998 all rights reserved

"Come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness;. . .and love God with all your might, mind and strength." (Moroni 10:32)

President Benson said the gospel of Jesus Christ "is the perfect prescription for all human problems and social ills. But His gospel is effective only as it is applied in our lives. . Unless we do His teachings, we do not demonstrate faith in Him.

"In one sense, we live in the worst of times, because sin seems to be almost everywhere and is increasing. Never has the devil been so well organized, and never has he had so many emissaries working for him. His thrust seems to be at everything that is good and uplifting and character-building. Particularly his thrust is at the home and family and at our youth. The basic principles and ideals for the past are being challenged today as never before. On the other hand, we live in the best times. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in its fullness, together with His holy priesthood, to bless our father's children. Our message is a world message. The Church is a world organization -- the most important organization, with the greatest message in all the world.

"The Lord has commanded us to arise and shine and to be a light unto the world. Let us do so as individuals so that our example will prosper the work in all the earth. Yes, let us heed the words of the great Book of Mormon prophet Moroni: 'Put on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of Zion; and strengthen thy stakes and enlarge thy borders forever, that thou mayest no more be confounded, that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he hath made unto thee, O house of Israel, may be fulfilled. '(Moroni 10:31)" (Come Unto Christ, page 132, 107)

The question is how can we help our stake in Zion put on her beautiful garments? First, we cannot help until we have come unto Christ. President Benson further counseled "We are meeting the adversary every day. The challenges of this era will rival any of the past, and these challenges will increase both spiritually and temporally. We must be close to Christ, we must daily take His name upon us, always remember Him, and keep His commandments. Let us continually reread the Book of Mormon so that we might more fully come to Christ, be committed to Him, centered in Him, and consumed in Him." (Come unto Christ page 58)

If we are to be close to Christ we must be born of God. Those who are born of God have their "will swallowed up in his will. They do always those things that please the Lord. Not only would they die for the Lord, but more important they want to live for Him. Enter their homes, and the pictures on their walls, the books on their shelves, the music in the air, their words and acts reveal them as Christians. They stand as witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places. They have Christ on their minds, as they look unto Him in every thought. They have Christ in their hearts as their affections are placed on Him forever. In Book of Mormon language, they 'feast upon the words of Christ' (2 Nephi 32:3), 'talk of Christ' (2 Nephi 25:26), 'rejoice in Christ' (2 Nephi 25:26), 'are made alive in Christ' (2 Nephi 25:25), 'and glory in [their] Jesus' (see 2 Nephi 33:6). In short they lose themselves in the Lord, and find eternal life. (See Luke 17:33)" (A Witness and a Warning, Ezra Taft Benson, page 65)

If our Savior were to visit our Primaries, would all of our doings, the pictures on the walls, the books in our nurseries, the words we speak etc. show that we are born of God and are helping his children to be born of God also? I bear my testimony that Prophets are right when they speak of the great challenges of our day and the challenges that these children face. Satan's thrust is truly at our young children and youth. Even though we all recognize many ways these children are persuaded in the wrong direction, I believe Satan's influence is far greater than we even imagine. We must do all within our power to promote the things of God and teach these young minds the gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

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Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back .--John Ruskin

 

A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled. -- James Baldwin

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How Could the Father Tell the World?

by Debra Oaks Coe (c) 1997 all rights reserved

There is a beautiful song in the Primary Children's Songbook that asks several questions that all begin "How could the Father tell the world . . . ." The answer is always the same, "He sent His Son." I believe this is more true than we realize. Example is surely the most powerful teaching tool. In answering the question how could the Father tell the world how important children are, we could also answer He sent His Son. If we look to Christ's example, we find the most moving description of love and high regard for children that has ever been recorded.

In 3Nephi chapter 17, we read: "And it came to pass that [Jesus] commanded that their little children should be brought. So they brought their little children and set them down upon the ground round about him, and Jesus stood in the midst; and the multitude gave way till they had all been brought unto Him. And it came to pass that when they had all been brought, and Jesus stood in the midst, He commanded the multitude that they should kneel down upon the ground. And it came to pass that when they had knelt upon the ground, Jesus groaned within Himself, and said; Father, I am troubled because of the wickedness of the people of the house of Israel. And when he had said these words, He Himself also knelt upon the earth; and behold He prayed unto the Father, and the things which He prayed cannot be written, and the multitude did bear record who heard Him." Mormon then tells us that "no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things" as were spoken in that prayer I touched with the idea that the Savior, with the children round about Him groaned within Himself, and was troubled because of the wickedness of the people. I must wonder if this because He fully understood how precious these little souls were and how important it was that these children not be taught the wicked ways (traditions) of their fathers?

Chapter 17 continues by saying: Then, weeping with joy, Jesus took the little children to Him one by one and blessed them. Finally, turning to the multitude, He said "Behold your little ones." As they lifted their eyes, "they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them." Sister Grassli, in referring to this same passage said, "I am warmed by the Savior's love for children and the value He places on them. Primary leaders must desire this love and develop it through prayer. You show how you feel about children in the way you greet them, speak to them, touch them, in the tone of your voice and the look in your eyes. If children feel they are loved and valued, they will be happy in Primary and responsive to the lessons prepared for them.

Mormon tells us that not even on hundredth part of what the Savior taught can be written in the Book of Mormon. Yet he not only included that part about the children, but he also continued on to tell a little more in Chapter 26. After saying that he could not write any more, that the Lord forbade it, saying: "I will try the faith of my people," Mormon then gave his testimony: "And it cam e to pass that He did teach and minister unto the children of the multitude of whom hath been spoken, and He did loose their tongues, and they did speak unto their fathers great and marvelous things, even greater than He had revealed unto the people, and He loosed their tongues that they could utter . . . Behold, it came to pass on the morrow that the multitude gathered themselves together, and they both saw and heard these children; yea, even babes did open their mouths and utter marvelous things, and the things which they did utter were forbidden that there should not any man write them."

What would we have given to have been with these children and to have learned so much from them. I believe that miracles happen when we teach children the gospel, especially when these children are our own. I would hope that we would also groan at the thought of the wickedness of our day. May we pray fervently for these little souls . May we do all in our power to have the best Primary and best homes possible that these children may take the great and simple truths taught them and then teach us even greater ways of applying the gospel to our lives. May we also do our best as to inspire the parents of our wards to truly see these children and great responsibility we have to teach them the gospel in the same light as our Savior does.

May we all better understand why the Savior taught the people "ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God." With all the great qualities of love, forgiveness, humility, etc. that children possess, perhaps our Father also sent little children to be our example.

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Every calling is great when greatly pursued. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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Everything I Needed to Know I Learned From Primary Music

Love One Another, I Am a Child of God, Choose the Right Way, Listen to the Still Small Voice, Dare to Do Right, Kindness Begins with Me, Search Ponder and Pray, Give Oh Give, Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam, Follow the Prophet, Keep the Commandments, Pray in Faith, Jesus is Our Loving Friend, He Died that We Might Live Again, Jesus Has Risen, The Priesthood Is Restored, I'll Seek the Lord Early, Where Love is There God is Also, I Want to Live the Gospel, I Beleive in Being Honest, I'm Glad for Many Things, I Want to Give the Lord My Tenth, The Lord Gave Me a Temple, Stand for the Right, I Will Be Valiant, Families Can Be Together Forever, When We're Helping We're Happy, Jesus Said Love Everyone

 

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Of all the joys of life, none other equals that of happy parenthood. Of all the responsibilities with which we struggle, none other is so serious. To rear children in an atmosphere of love, security, and faith is the most rewarding of all challenges. The good result from such efforts becomes life's most satisfying compensation"

Gordon B. Hinckley, CR Oct. 1994

 

In preparation for this talk and in search of answers to how we can better care for each child, my husband, Ed, and I attended the temple. I was so grateful for that sacred opportunity, for in the temple we were reminded of promised blessings. I realized that the blessings offered in this sacred place provide help needed by every parent in raising children today.

Patricia P. Pinegar Primary General President

April 1997 General Conference

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THE GENTLE GARDENER
By Edgar Guest
I'd like to leave but daffodils to mark my little
way,
To leave but tulips red and white behind me as
I stray;
I'd like to pass away from earth and feel I'd
left behind
But roses and forget-me-nots for all who come
to find.
I'd like to sow the barren spots with all the
flowers of earth,
To leave a path where those who come should
find but gentle mirth;
And when at last I'm called upon to join the
heavenly throng
I'd like to feel along my way I'd left no sign
         of wrong.
And yet the cares are many and the hours of
toil are few;
There is not time enough on earth for all I'd
like to do;
But, having lived and having toiled, I'd like the
world to find
Some little touch of beauty that my soul had
left behind.
 

 

 

 

 

   

      

 

 

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We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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