Sunday, February 15, 2009

Today's Spiritual Message: Behold Your LIttle Ones (Again)

It's official, everyone. Christy and I have been called as nursery workers in our ward! (For those of you who aren't LDS, please note that a "ward" is not a psychiatric unit but merely a local congregation.) The image to the right is actually the cover of our teaching manual.

Yes, yes, please hold your applause until the end of the performance.

We're both really excited and also really enjoyed our first day in the trenches.

If you're not familiar with how LDS church meetings normally work, there is usually an hour long meeting at the beginning where we take the "Sacrament" (often called the "Eucharist" or the "Lord's Supper" in other Christian religions), followed by two other meetings, each also an hour long.

The first of the two meetings is often a conglomeration of adults called "Sunday School."

Next and last, men and women are grouped off by gender, according to their respective ages. For Christy and me, we had been attending Relief Society (for women) and Elders Quorum (for men).

Now that we're in the nursery, we will still have Sacrament meeting together and then the next two hours as well. It's great because we will be with each other the whole time and it will be a marvelous preparation for Maria.

This morning, I was so amazed at how pure and trusting these little children really are. A couple of the little girls were docile and kind enough to even come and sit in my lap. :) Very sweet and illustrative of what the Savior said:
1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the agreatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little achildren, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall ahumble himself as this little bchild, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my aname receiveth me.
How true it is! I'm so grateful to be among them and to soon have our own little one.

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