Christ and Children

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“Everyone within the sound of my voice has the power to increase a child’s confidence in himself or herself and to increase a child’s faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through the words they speak.”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
The Words We Speak,” April 2013 General Conference

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“This divine privilege of raising our children is a much greater responsibility than we can do alone, without the Lord’s help. He knows exactly what our children need to know, what they need to do, and what they need to be to come back into His presence. He gives mothers and fathers specific instruction and guidance through the scriptures, His prophets, and the Holy Ghost.”

Cheryl A. Esplin, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Teaching Our Children to Understand,” April 2012 General Conference

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“It is our sacred responsibility as parents and leaders of this rising generation of children to bring them to the Savior so that they might see His face and the face of our Father in Heaven as well. As we do so, we also bring ourselves.”

Cheryl C. Lant, Primary General President
That Our Children Might See the Face of the Savior,” April 2010 General Conference

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“Children need the peace that comes from knowing they have a loving Heavenly Father, who sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to bring light and hope into the world. It is up to us as adults to direct children to that peace and light.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
All Thy Children Shall Be Taught,” April 2005 General Conference

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“It is interesting to note that as we listen to our children, they can also teach us. A father shared an experience he had with his eight-year-old daughter. He said: ‘While I was contemplating remarks for my sacrament meeting talk on ‘Becoming like Little Children,’ I asked my daughter why we needed to become like little children. She responded, ‘Because we are all little children compared to Jesus, and because little children have a good imagination.’

“Surprised by the last part of her answer, he asked why we need a good imagination. She replied, ‘So we can imagine Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, and when we take the sacrament we can think about Him.’ ”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
A Voice of Gladness for Our Children,” October 2002 General Conference

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“As in all things, the Savior set the example for us in how we should love and teach our children. When He appeared to the Nephites on this hemisphere, the scriptures tell us that as He spoke to the people, ‘he wept, … and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.’

“Referring to this occasion, President Gordon B. Hinckley said, ‘There is no more tender and beautiful picture in all of sacred writing than this simple language describing the love of the Savior for little children.’ ”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
A Voice of Gladness for Our Children,” October 2002 General Conference

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“When we share our feelings with our little ones and bear record of Him, we open the door for them to share their experiences and to give words to their own spiritual insights and feelings. And when we help children identify the divine source of those feelings, their understanding and love for the Savior will grow line upon line, precept upon precept.”

Susan L. Warner, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Bear Record of Him,” October 1998 General Conference

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“To me, the word behold is significant. It implies more than just ‘look and see.’ When the Lord instructed the Nephites to behold their little ones, I believe he told them to give attention to their children, to contemplate them, to look beyond the present and see their eternal possibilities.”

Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary General President
Behold Your Little Ones,” October 1992 General Conference

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