Learning to fully understand the doctrines of the gospel is a process of a lifetime and comes "line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little (2 Nephi 28:30). As children learn and act upon what they learn, their understanding is expanded, which leads to more learning, more action and an even greater and more enduring understanding.
We can know our children are beginning to understand the doctrine when we see it revealed in their attitudes and actions without external threats or rewards. As our children learn to understand gospel doctrines, they become more self-reliant and more responsible. They become part of the solution to our family challenges and make a positive contribution to the environment of our home and the success of our family. (Cheryl A. Esplin, April 2012, General Conference)There are a lot of things that I love about being a mom, but some of my favorite moments are those when I can see the girls building the foundations of their eternities. There've been a few of those times lately.
Last weekend, the girls' step mom told them they didn't need to buckle up when they were driving to the store. M told her that her parents always made her buckle and that they'd be upset if she didn't. My 10 yr. old then buckled her seat belt and made sure that her little sister did the same, even though neither her dad nor I were nearby. For a child M's age to do what's right, even when the adult says she doesn't need to, takes a great deal of courage. I was thrilled to see this confirmation that my daughter is growing both strong and wise.
Today after church, my kids wanted to watch a movie. M told her sister that since church was over, L could pick any show that she wanted. L asked me if that was true. I said that I'd prefer that she pick a Sunday show. She started to argue with me, so I looked at her and said that it was up to her. I told her she could pick whatever she felt good about, and then I left it alone. A few minutes later, L came up to me holding the movie, 17 Miracles. This is the show that she decided to watch.
Each of my children is learning to make good choices for herself without outside urging. I can see them growing, and it lights my heart. I feel so blessed that God has allowed me to have these sweet girls in my life. I don't know what I did to earn such trust, but I'm thankful God has given me the opportunity to help Him raise these little ones.