- Children have a natural desire to do good and to be good. We can feel their innocence, their purity. They also have a great sensitivity to the still, small voice.
She asks some pointed questions about what we are doing as parents to assist them in learning how the Spirit communicates with them.
- How do we as parents increase the spiritual capacity of our little ones? How do we teach them to kick off worldly influences and trust the Spirit when we are not with them and they are alone in the deep waters of their lives?
She responds to her questions with these three steps:
- First, we can bring to our children’s attention when they are hearing and feeling the Spirit.
- Second, we can prepare our homes and our children to feel the still, small voice.
- Third, we can help our children understand how the Spirit speaks to them.
Over time, our children will learn to listen and understand the spiritual promptings they are given.
- Feeling and recognizing the Spirit will bring spiritual capacity into our children’s lives, and the voice they come to know will become clearer and clearer to them.
Sister Durham concludes with this counsel about having no worries if we have taught them properly.
- We need not fear as we see our children enter the waters of life, for we have helped them rid themselves of worldly weight. We have taught them to live for the guiding gift of the Holy Ghost. This gift will continue to lighten the weight they carry and lead them back to their heavenly home if they live for it and follow its promptings.
This talk speaks to me right now as I have a daughter getting ready to do to college in the fall. I worry if I have taught her all the things she needs in life she needs to succeed. What I have shown to her is what a life committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ is, and that true happiness only comes into your life if you are living the teachings of the gospel. I know she knows that. Sister Durham shares that if they know this, we shouldn't fear as they enter the waters of life.