Learning from Children

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“We honor children who strive to live pure and obedient lives. I have witnessed the strength of many children throughout the world. They stand resilient, “steadfast and immovable” in a variety of challenging circumstances and environments. These children understand their divine identity, feel Heavenly Father’s love for them, and seek to obey His will.”
 
Joy D. Jones, Primary General President
A Sin-Resistant Generation,” April 2017 General Conference
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“Children have a natural desire to do good and to be good. We can feel their innocence, their purity. They also have a great sensitivity to the still, small voice.”
 
Mary R. Dunham, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency

A Child’s Guiding Gift,” April 2016 General Conference

 

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“When children learn how to love and serve others when they are young, they set a pattern of service for the rest of their lives. Often children teach the rest of us that showing love and service doesn’t have to be big and grandiose to be meaningful and make a difference.

“When we reach out in love and service even in the smallest ways, hearts are changed and softened as others feel the love of the Lord.”

Cheryl A. Esplin, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency

He Asks Us to Be His Hands,” April 2016 General Conference

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“May the words we speak and write to our children reflect the love our Heavenly Father has for His Son, Jesus Christ, and for us. And then may we pause to listen, for a child is most capable of speaking great and marvelous things in return.”

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

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“What is it we should learn from children? What qualities do they possess and what examples do they demonstrate that can help us in our own spiritual development?

“These precious children of God come to us with believing hearts. They are full of faith and receptive to feelings of the Spirit. They exemplify humility, obedience, and love. They are often the first to love and the first to forgive.”

Jean A. Stevens, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Become as a Little Child,” April 2011 General Conference

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“Children are providing examples of some of the childlike qualities we need to develop or rediscover in ourselves in order to enter into the kingdom of heaven. They are bright spirits who are untarnished by the world—teachable and full of faith.”

Jean A. Stevens, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Become as a Little Child,” April 2011 General Conference

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“If we have a heart to learn and a willingness to follow the example of children,
their divine attributes can hold a key to unlocking our own spiritual growth.”

Jean A. Stevens, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Become as a Little Child,” April 2011 General Conference

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“God’s children share with all of us the divine right to spiritual enlightenment.”

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

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