Do we really believe that a long line of spirits waits to be shuffled into families like a dealer dealing cards? Do children simply happen into families by a cosmic roll of the dice?
Category Archive for 'Rescuing Wayward Children'
The greatest force in all the world [is] to develop character, to bring righteousness into the lives of men and women.—Elder Matthew Cowley[i] When we struggle over long periods of time to reawaken and rescue a wayward child, we might occasionally lapse and wonder, What’s in this for me? It is not necessarily a selfish [...]
Imagine yourself as the leader of a people who have been at war for decades trying to avoid extinction at the hands of an overwhelming foe. Then, in addition to your military duties, you are given the task of combing through 1,000 years of history to compile a record that will never be read by [...]
Our capacity to forgive is linked to our capacity to love; and our capacity to love is linked to our capacity to become like God. Perhaps more than any other virtue, forgiveness—our willingness to thoroughly and “frankly forgive,”[i] as did Nephi—demonstrates redeeming, reconciling, Christlike love.
Elder Neal A. Maxwell wrote, “Apparently it is necessary for us on occasion to be brought to a white-knuckles point of anxiety so as to be reminded, when rescued, of who our Rescuer is!”[i]
Sometimes we do things so often that they become commonplace and lose significance in our lives. The sacrament is a case in point. But worthily partaken of and understood, the sacrament can serve to sanctify and empower us so that we might better rescue wayward souls.
A parent’s love is a powerful saving agent, but the sealing of that love is what is required to fully and finally save our children and cement our marriages.
There is a vast difference between being in love and being loving. True love is built on the three pillars of complete loyalty, complete sacrifice, and complete trust. Moreover, true love is patient. As we have discussed, patience promises, “I will wait for you; I will wait with you; I will wait upon you.” True [...]
When we are beset by a complex challenge, the natural man part of us often searches his environment for methods, cures and experts that match his anxiety. But this thinking is contrary to the plan of salvation, which Nephi and Alma described as “easy.”
As we work to reclaim our wayward children, we are not alone. Often angels are dispatched to help us. These angels include our ancestors, whose love and concern for the child equals ours.