Tuesday, August 26, 2014

We believe in Children


"We declare that God's commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force."

At a family reunion someone asked my husband and me if we wanted to have children one day. We answered with a yes. That same person in shock said, "why?" He looked around at the multiple nieces and nephews running around, the chaos that was so obvious to him and shook his head in disgust. He could not fathom this desire to raise children. We need to change the worldly view on having and raising children. I have seen children bless the lives of their parents, and have seen countless times the love parents have for their children and how they begin to understand the love God has for us through their children. What purpose do we have here on earth without that echoing commandment first given to Adam and Eve. Multiply and replenish the world. At that family reunion I saw many 4 generations there, with such joy and love in their lives it made me certain this is what I wanted for myself.

"Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling…it is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for."







https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/10/children?lang=eng

8 comments:

  1. Children are a special blessing!! I have learned more from my children than I would ever learn without them. I have learned to love unconditionally and learned how strong I can be in the face of major trials. I have a deeper understanding of my Father in Heaven and His love for His children. We are so very blessed to have a loving Father!!

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  2. Motherhood is the highest, holiest service assumed by humankind. It’s the definition of selfless service. It’s both a daunting responsibility and a glorious opportunity. The divine role of motherhood is a gift from God, and key to His plan of happiness for all His children.

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  3. Children are an unmeasurable blessing from God. I don't know how anyone could look at a child and wonder if there is a higher power. In addition to bringing us great joy in this life, children teach us how to be more like our Heavenly Father by teaching us love, patience and kindness. It is all part of his plan to mold us into something better than we currently are. The Plan of Salvation is truly God's plan for us to be happy, and raising righteous children is a big part of that plan.

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  4. I love the quote at the end. I would just substitute 'motherhood' for 'parenthood'. Being a parent truly is a full-time job. Recently I made the decision to stay at home rather than return to work. At first I was hesitant to leave the 'work' part of my life behind and embrace being a full-time mom. Now that I've truly submersed myself it is apparent all of the time and energy it takes to be a parent. My boy is happier having me home and not being handed off to someone else. I am happier not handing him off daily and I am happier knowing that I'll be the one to teach him and watch him grow and not the babysitter.
    I agree with Nate in that this is Heavenly Fathers way of helping us to grow and become more like him by allowing us to have children that teaching us patience, unending love, and selflessness.

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  5. Children are naturally funny and entertaining, making it easy to love them and to look past the challenges that arise from being a parent.

    "Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them." -Psalms 127:5

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  6. There are days that having children is so hard that I think I might cry because I fear I might have failed them so completely. However, knowing that your children trust you enough to tell you everything, and you realize how funny and clever they really are, and watching them grow into amazing human beings and having them tell you that they love you is worth every moment of heartache. Parenting children has helped me more fully understand Heavenly Father and the Gospel.

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  7. You can be the best person in the world by doing humanity work and other rightful duties, but you were placed on this earth to become a parent. Your divine purpose in life is to rear and nurture children to love God and to obey His commandments.

    The more my husband and I draw closer to God, the more we realize we cannot obtain the true and everlasting happiness without children in our lives. Although being a childless family is painful at times, we know that in God's time we will be blessed to have either biological children or children through adoption. We look forward to that time and in the meanwhile, we prepare ourselves each day to become the kind of parents God intended us to be for His children.

    Everyone has a time and a place where they can be a parent--regardless of whether they can have children or not. My sister-in-law who has been fighting a critical illness was never blessed to rearing children during her mortal life. However, this did not stop her from nurturing and rearing children. She influenced her students and she continues to love, nurture and influence her nieces and nephews in the Light of Christ.

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  8. I don't have children of my own yet and while I admit I am a little bit nervous to become a parent someday, I'm also very excited and know that it will be worth the challenges. It is so sad to me that the world preaches to not have children because my family has been the greatest blessing in my life and I can't imagine what my life would be like without them.

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