Two little cousins having a lipstick moment—just for fun.
I came across this picture the other day. These four-year-olds are now almost sixteen. Who was to know the trials that would await them?
One of them has just been through a deadly cancer battle—and won, for the moment. The other has a father who decided to follow an alternative life style and leave his family. What heartache and trials these two kids have been through.
Both of them are faithful in the gospel—preparing for missions. Even as I write, one of them is in Kirtland, Ohio at EFY, and the other is at girls’ camp, as a youth leader.
How do we prepare our children for the challenges that may come their way? We cannot protect them against illness, nor can we prevent the ravages of society from claiming loved ones around them. How do we lead them to find strength through their faith?
They both have strong mothers who love their Father in Heaven. These kids have watched their moms serve the Lord, attend the temple regularly, pay their tithing, hold family home evenings and pray with them often. Testimony shines through these two faithful women in all they do.
When trials come, these youth know their names are on the temple rolls, and extended family are fasting and praying for them. They hear the testimonies of those around them—family, ward leaders, and seminary friends.
I love this quote by President Hinkley:
“You need more than your own wisdom in rearing [your children]. You need the help of the Lord. Pray for that help and follow the inspiration which you receive” (“The Fabric and Faith of Testimony,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 89).
Prepare your children with strong testimonies for the trials that may come their way. These little ones belonged to Heavenly Father before they became ours. He will love and bless their lives with faith and hope—through us.
Becoming Free, A Woman's Guide to Internal Strength will be available in Ebook form Sep. 1, 2013