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To Those Who Serve in the Nursery

by Debra Coe (c) all right reserved

I have wanted to tell all of you how very special you are and how much I appreciate you. I believe you give the greatest service of all, mainly because of the your example of love for the young children. We seem to live in a world that is negative toward children, especially the very small children. One need only look at the number of abortions to know how true this is. Nothing makes me sadder than to see this trend. I have five children of my own and my favorite ages are newborn to three years. I learn so much from these children. They are so innocent, loving, and forgiving! No wonder the Savior loved the little children.

When the Savior came and visited the Nephites, He taught many great and marvelous things to the people. But unfortunately, Mormon told us that less than 1/100th could be recorded for us. This tells us that what was recorded is of the greatest importance. One of things He taught was how important small children are.

Not only did Christ gather and bless the children, but He groaned within Himself and said, "Father, I am troubled because of the wickedness of the people... 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." (see 3Nephi 17) Mormon 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 am 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 was because He fully understood how precious these little souls were, how easily they are taught, 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." Mormon continued to tell just a little more about the children 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 came 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."  Notice that all Christ did was to enable these children to speak the language and express themselves. It doesn't say He taught them, yet they uttered even greater things than Christ had been able to teach.

What would we have given to have been with these small children (even the babes) and to have learned so much from them. We need to remember that our present day small children are just like these Nephite children except they cannot express their thoughts to us.

I am so grateful to those of you who are so willing to serve these young ones and set the example for others. I realize that small children can be a handful, but I also sincerely believe that much is to be gained from working with them and watching them. Certainly the Savior would be pleased with those who love and appreciate the wonderful qualities of these young ones. I would hope that in working with these young children you remember that only by becoming like them can we enter into the kingdom of God. I know that I have learned a great deal from teaching and observing small children.

I would hope that all of you, like the Savior, will also groan at the wickedness of our day and do your best to take every opportunity to teach these children the simple truths of the gospel. Children this age learn comparatively little from prepared lessons. Most of their learning is from active participation. I wonder if because of the "traditions of our fathers", too often we see the nursery as a baby-sitting service and these children, who already know and understand far more than us, as only ready for fantasy type books and toys. I wonder how much more influence we would have if we would look for toys and books with gospel messages for our nurseries. Perhaps we can have puzzles with pictures from the scriptures; dress up clothes they can use to act out stories; flannel board figures that enforce the word of wisdom, scriptures stories, the temples, etc.; sing simple songs about Christ and his teachings; story books that contain gospel messages in a simple language they can understand; etc.

May God bless you for the great service you perform in your callings. May we all do our best as leaders to inspire others to truly see these children and the great responsibility we have to teach them the gospel in the same light as our Savior does.

 

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  "And it came 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." 

3 Nephi 26

"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"

3 Nephi 17