Listen to the children.
As I read the most recent post by @eva_timothy and admired the beautiful accompanying artwork, I was immediately drawn to the fast and testimony meeting my ward had today.
After returning home from church, my children were quick and ridiculously excited to ask me if I was crying on the stand today during our meeting. Of course, they were wrong, and I informed them I had itchy eyes.
I have never sat through a sacrament meeting where little children flowed to the stand to bear testimony—it never ended, and they kept coming. They were unassisted by parents or older siblings, just them and their pure, innocent testimonies.
These testimonies were born by the youngest of the primary children. Their testimonies were unwavering and specific to their love of Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
Again, I have never experienced anything like that, and I forgot to blink, making my eyes itch (not cry like my children quickly accused me of).
What compels these little children to stand in front of nearly 300 people and share the good news of the Gospel?
How are they so brave at such a young age?
They were proud, excited, smiling, and made quiet giggles as they tried their best to remain reverent until it was their turn.
A scripture came to my mind as I listened to these pure and sweet testimonies.
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory…
…unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.” 1 Peter 1:8,12.
The first verse I applied to our congregation. The second verse I applied to the testimonies of the little children.
Our children minister to us and preach the Gospel in a way that is so special and sacred. There is absolute power as they do and the Holy Ghost completely fills the room. Their testimonies are also so sweet that the “angels desire to look into.”
Our children teach the pure love of Jesus Christ. They testify that he lives and help us on our covenant path.
Hear them and you will Hear Him!