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Bringing Children to the Waters of Life

Updated on June 4, 2018
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Denise speaks from her own experience. She has had many trials and difficulties in her own life and seeks to help others through theirs.

Children look to us for an example of how to act during spiritual experiences.
Children look to us for an example of how to act during spiritual experiences. | Source

Start Early

Children have a natural curiosity for water. They are amazed by its many living properties and the way they feel when they put their bodies in it. Perhaps this curiosity is somewhat nostalgic, in that they were enveloped in water when they were in the womb, and becoming re-acquainted with it opens doors for pleasant memories. Children also have a natural curiosity for spiritual things and readily recognize the Savior in pictures, music, and video or movies. They want to be close to Him and gravitate toward those who remind them of Him.

Involving our children from their infancy in spiritual activities such as prayer, scripture study, and family activities, allows them to develop a love for the Savior that will carry them through the later years when they question spiritual things.

The Savior Gives Life to All

Water is a life-giving substance to our bodies, just as our relationship with Jesus Christ gives life to our spirits. We receive a renewal of our connection with heaven when we experience the birth of our children. It only makes sense then that we, as God's children, need to keep that connection for our own salvation.

As parents, the relationship we have with our children is the basis of the relationship they eventually have with the Savior. Bringing children to the waters of life is allowing them to experience Him early in their lives by praying with them, speaking often of Him and His love for us, singing songs about Him and giving praise to Him. As we put forth the time and effort to connect with Deity ourselves, we bring the Spirit into our homes and peace is felt by our children.

Allowing children to experience the Savior personally gives them a relationship with him that will carry them throughout their lives.
Allowing children to experience the Savior personally gives them a relationship with him that will carry them throughout their lives. | Source

Allow Children to Experience the Savior Personally

Involving children in spiritual activities is often difficult due to their short attention spans and frequent movement. Through the use of gentle touches, pleasant voices, and positive praise, we encourage their positive behavior and have them become a vital part of these activities, lending to greater spiritual power in ourselves and them.

Allowing children to experience the Savior firsthand when difficulties arise in the family gives them a reason to look to Him personally. Let them see your tears and kneel with you as you pray to the Lord for help and guidance. Encourage them to pray when they are afraid or having difficulties with their feelings. Teach them to recognize the answers to prayer and to express gratitude when they receive divine guidance.

When difficult decisions must be made, help them consider the options, choose what is best, and look to the Lord for confirmation. There may be times when they make choices you may not agree with, but in the long run, they will choose to follow the Savior as you have done in your life. The greatest blessing of all will be when they choose to bring their own children to the Waters of Life as you have done for them.

The family is the place to feel the Savior's love.
The family is the place to feel the Savior's love. | Source

© 2012 Denise W Anderson

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    • denise.w.anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise W Anderson 

      3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thank you for the sweet blessing! I believe that children are very close to the Savior. They have a special connection with Him that we as adults seem to have lost and have to work hard to regain. Their faith and trust are so simple and innocent! As we allow ourselves to see through their eyes, the world is indeed a beautiful place!

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      Mothers of Nations 

      3 years ago

      Looks like "beautiful" is a word I'll be using often when responding to your articles... Children are our greatest earthly blessings from the Lord - they are so loving, kind, honest, forgiving, resiliant, and so much more. Children are a perfect example of the goodness of our Lord and what He expects from us as well. They have no idea how perfect they truly are! :) God bless them, and may God bless you as well.

      Voted up and shared!

    • denise.w.anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      You are right, kerlund74! These are important things. Many people think that we should not try to persuade our children in their beliefs when they are so young. On the contrary, we as their parents are in a key position to help them form a firm foundation of belief that will be with them all of their lives. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      kerlund74 

      4 years ago from Sweden

      Important things in life to consider when rising a child, great hub!

    • denise.w.anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      You are welcome, Annette! I'm glad that you found the site, and that it was meaningful to you!

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      Annette R. Smith 

      4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      What a beautiful hub, Denise! Thank you for sharing this with us.

    • denise.w.anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise W Anderson 

      6 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      It is great that you have the opportunity, Eliza, to be with your extended family. You will be a spiritual influence in the lives of your neices and nephews as they grow.

    • denise.w.anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise W Anderson 

      6 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks for reading, Sassy, I appreciate the feedback.

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      Eliza Anderson 

      6 years ago

      I love my nieces and nephews. It is nice to have many family gatherings with my sisters and their families, also with the extended family and their families and children. There are many things each of us are born to explore.

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      sassysexybossy 

      6 years ago from americus,usa

      Great Hub. Great Words.

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