2.15.2008

Parenting Their Spirits

I've been spending a lot of time thinking and praying about our Primary children this week. I love them so dearly and want only the best for them. I read something on Kristin Armstrong's running blog that really spoke to me and touched me as I pondered on how to make our Primary better. Her comment [she was talking about her own children, but it applies here as well] was that we need to remember that we are not only parenting their bodies, we are parenting their spirits as well.

That really touched me as I applied it to our Primary. I feel the responsiblity of Primary very heavily at times. I know that most of our kiddoes come from spiritual, loving homes but I also know that you never really know what goes in in someone else's private life. So I feel that it's so important to love each one of them as if no one else in the world loves them -- and to feed them, nurture them, and teach them as if Primary is the only place that will happen. As I said, I'm sure their homes are safe, loving places. But you never know. And I feel that need to nurture their spirits.

I pray so often for each of our children and for their teachers. I pray for their families. And I pray for us, the Primary presidency, that we can share our testimonies, our love of the gospel, and our faith with them in such a way that we are reaching far beyond their physical beings. I want our love and nurturing to reach deep into their spirits.

11 comments:

Shelley said...

Those kiddos are SO lucky to have you. :) Keep up the love! I wish I had a primary leader like you growing up!

100 Percent Cottam said...

you're so good. those kiddies are lucky to have someone who cares so much.

Kristi said...

Those kids KNOW you love them and they are so blessed to have you because you DO nurture their spirits. It's so true you never know what's going on at home, so it's important to give them as much as we can at Church. great post woman!!

hoLLy said...

i love how seriously you take your responsibility as primary president-i wish everyone took their callings as serious(including me, ok, so i ain't no president, but maybe i should be librarying better:) those children are so blessed to have you! when i was there and you were chorister, i could just feel of your love for those children. it was obvious you cared and put a lot of time and work into what you had prepared for them. you are AWESOME!

Sarah said...

I have no doubt that you're an amazing Primary Prez. Your primary kiddos are so lucky to have you. It's so easy to see how much you care about them. I also have no doubt that they know how much you care, and they love you right back.

galbraiths said...

that touched me. I need to remember this with my children. It is easy to lose sight of the big picture. I was in a primary presidency and felt the same desire to reach out and help everyone to do their best. it backfired on me and now I am super hesitant. I feel guarded now. But It helps to read your uplifting posts, that remind me I am his child too!! thanks!! love.hugs. and thanks for your comments too!!

Cammie said...

You are such a caring primary president. I love reading your insights.

Mason Family said...

What a great reminder - to be a better parent and to always be nice to little ones when you see them! Great insight - thanks for sharing! :)

Natalie Scott said...

I love that! I, too, want those kids to feel nothing but our love for them and the spirit. If that's all they know, they just might stay active in the church...because that is where they feel loved by us, and by our Savior.

You are a sensational president. No doubt about it!

Emily J. said...

You amaze me. Can you come live by me? Those kids are sure lucky to have you!

Darleen said...

You are truly in tuned with the spirit. I love your insights. Since being in Primary, I've felt the same way. I need to pray for them.