Another great post from Ben Jenkins.
I have a very hyperactive 3 year old. Sometimes she is very destructive and is often frustrating for her mother and I. She also often tells us that she is scared or afraid of different things; something new each day. Though we acknowledge that it is important and normal for a 3 year old to be hyperactive and scared of different things, we desire for her to also learn peace and self-control. We have been praying lately for ways that we could help her to be calm and peaceful. We have noticed that the times that she is calm and peaceful she is bright and happy and we feel the spirit more in our home.
One thing that she can sit through, for perhaps hours, is us reading her books to her. This morning I was reading her newest favorite book which is a bunch of bible stories for children. We were reading the story of Jesus calming the sea and the fearful hearts of the weary sailors. It occurred to me as I was reading this story that the answer to our prayers for the well being of our growing daughter is in Christ.
I explained to my daughter that as long as Christ was in that boat then it would not sink regardless the weather and therefore the sailors had nothing to fear had they faith in Christ. I told her that as long as Jesus was in her heart then she had nothing to fear. I also told her that when she feels that she has a storm raging inside of her she can pray to her Heavenly Father and through the power of Christ and the Holy Ghost that she will have peace.
It was remarkable to me that at such a young age she was able to understand this. I am grateful to be part of a religion that reminds me frequently to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my home.
I am grateful that I was able to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost after my baptism and also to have
made promises with God in his holy temple that give me the guidance to teach my children and protects them from the many evils and dangers of this world if I will continue to understand and obey His commandments.
I don't think my story is remarkable. I am certain that many other Latter-Day Saint families have had very similar experiences. I am just an average Mormon.
Read Ben's previous posts here.