I am blogging from the wilderness, so I will just tell you to go find this talk and study it. I’ll try to update with links later.
Here is the link to read the talk:
Become as a Little Child
Jean A. Stevens
First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency
Or you can watch it:
Tell me thoughts in the comments below. Do you realize it is now SEPTEMBER and general conference is in OCTOBER? …. I know! Crazy.
8 thoughts on “GCBC week 23: “Become as a little child” by Sister Jean Stevens”
Short and sweet! Actually, I am thankful I now have the opportunity to serve in Primary and can observe and learn from the little ones, as Sister Stevens mentions. I keep a teaching journal of what they teach me (and the funny things they say.)
I love this talk in part because my daughter loved it. I love to see what talks resonate with my children.
One of my favorite parts of being a mom is watching the gospel come alive in my children’s lives. I never really expected what it would do to my own testimony to watch their testimonies grow. And sometimes they have the most amazing insights that open my mind and spirit to more light and truth.
Reading this talk again really filled my heart. Thank you. The gospel is true!
Sometimes I think we learn more from our children than they learn from us. I am amazed at their insights and desire to follow Heavenly Father’s commandments. My daughter gets baptized this week and after her interview with the bishop, she told me that she felt the Spirit when she was talking to the bishop. She said that she knew she was doing the right thing by being baptized. It was one of those moments as a parent where you feel both profoundly proud and humbled at the same time.
My daughter is not even six months old so when she was encouraging us to learn from our children at first I thought what could I possibly learn?
But when I thought about it I learned: trust-my daughter trusts me absolutely, tenacity-no matter how many times she fails at crawling she just keeps trying, joy and zest for life, everything is such fun for her and it’s wonderful to join her in that.
So while the talk itself isn’t my most favourite one the pondering it led to was very beneficial for me.
I remember listening to this talk during conference, I loved it. Sometimes (ok, most of the time) I’m so flustered throughout the day that I just don’t notice the lessons my children are teaching me…. Maybe I should start paying better attention… 😉
Also, you made me so happy when you pointed out that GC is only a month away! Hooray! 🙂
I have been scrambling to catch up on all the talks! I am very excited for October General Conference! It has been a long six months and I am feeling spiritually parched. So much has happened this year, and when we have eventful years I just crave listening to the prophets speak again.
This talk made me cry when I first listened to it, and it made me cry again when I read it. Pretty much all I have to do is talk about children, listen to children, or watch children and I start crying! I have been blessed to be a primary pianist for the past few years, and good thing I am just sitting behind the piano, because it means I can cry whenever I want to 🙂 I cry when the kids give talks. I cry when they say opening and closing prayers. I cry when they sing. I cry when they come up to me after Primary and give me hugs. I cry when they say hi to me in the halls. I cry almost every day just watching and enjoying my own children’s spirits!
There is such a strong spirit with God’s precious children. And I can feel it.
Their innocence and purity is something I feel very strongly about. I am not a perfect mother (far from it) but one of the things that I think helps me be a better mother is leading by following – as I follow my children’s examples in being meek, humble, submissive, and full of faith, I am a better mother to them.
I wrote more about this talk over on my blog.
PS – isn’t it week 23? Or did I miss a week somewhere… I’ve been trying to play catch up, so I may have missed week 23, but I couldn’t find it anywhere.
After serving in Relief Society for a few years, I was recently called to teach the 5-6 year olds in Primary. My youngest turns 17 next week, so it’s been a while since we’ve had little kids in our home. I love my class, in spite of the wiggles. There is SO much we can learn from children, and I appreciated reading this talk to remind me of that. I especially liked Elder Ballard’s quote to “behold your little ones.” And I love Shari’s suggestion to keep a teaching journal. Thanks once again for providing the motivation to learn from general conference!