As today is Monday we had Family Home Evening tonight. Although it'll be Tuesday before this actually gets posted (no internet at home)...We decided we'd write a little about the importance of families. As we attempt to type this, our munchkin is doing his best to put in his two bits. We hope he doesn't break the computer in the process. Sometimes it's overwhelming to be a parent and to take care of all the responsibilities that come with it. We have to see that bills are paid, we are all fed and clothed and clean periodically as well as fufilling one another's social needs. Then on top of that we have the responsibility and privelage of raising a child of our Father in Heaven. We know that "the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children" (The Family: A Proclamation to the World). This means there is nothing more important than what we teach our children.
The demands pf parenthood are great but the rewards are awesome too. It's amazing to watch our little boy continue to progress and develop his personality on a day to day basis. We are amazed at how quickly he learns and acquires new skills and abilities. One day he's crawling and the next, it seems, he is running across the room to get the camera (see previous posts with video). We can see why Christ told us to be like little children (not childish) because of the innocence and purity that is still aparent when you look in their eyes. One day, as he faces the challenges of the world, he will inevitably be stained. As much as we'd like to shelter him from that we know it to be part of the plan and that through the Atonement of Christ we can all come a little closer to being childlike again and in doing so come closer to our Father in Heaven.