Friday, September 2, 2016

Protecting Children- 1 Nephi 18:19

  • Seven children in biblical-era clothing sit and interact with a man dressed as Jesus Christ.
  • 1 Nephi 18:19
    Protecting Children
     19 And Jacob and Joseph also, being young, having need of much nourishment, were grieved because of the afflictions of their mother; and also amy wife with her tears and prayers, and also my children, did not soften the hearts of my brethren that they would loose me.

    Jacob and Joseph were young and afraid because Laman and Lemuel we so hard hearted that their hearts were not softened. They continued on their destructive path of trying to destroy Nephi and the journey to the promised land. This action caused so much grief and sorrow to Lehi and Sariah and Nephi's wife and children and his little brothers.

    Nephi was concerned for the children and the families on the ship.

    1 Nephi 7:19  And it came to pass that they were angry with me again, and sought to lay hands upon me; but behold, one of the daughtersof Ishmael, yea, and also her mother, and one of the sons of Ishmael, did plead with my brethren, insomuch that they did soften their hearts; and they did cease striving to take away my life.

    Matthew 19:14

    14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

    Luke 9:42

      42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.

    Luke 18:16

      16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

    Luke 9:47

      47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,

    Doctrine and Covenants 74:7

      7 But little children are holy, being sanctified through the atonement of Jesus Christ; and this is what the scriptures mean.

    Conference 4/12-Dallin H. Oaks
    Protect The Children

    Even in rich nations little children and youth are impaired by neglect. Children growing up in poverty have inferior health care and inadequate educational opportunities. They are also exposed to dangerous environments in their physical and cultural surroundings and even from the neglect of their parents. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland recently shared the experience of an LDS police officer. In an investigation he found five young children huddled together and trying to sleep without bedding on a filthy floor in a dwelling where their mother and others were drinking and partying. The apartment had no food to relieve their hunger. After tucking the children into a makeshift bed, the officer knelt and prayed for their protection. As he walked toward the door, one of them, about six, pursued him, grabbed him by the hand, and pleaded, “Will you please adopt me?”8
    We remember our Savior’s teaching as He placed a little child before His followers and declared:
    And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
    But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:5–6).
    When we consider the dangers from which children should be protected, we should also include psychological abuse. Parents or other caregivers or teachers or peers who demean, bully, or humiliate children or youth can inflict harm more permanent than physical injury. Making a child or youth feel worthless, unloved, or unwanted can inflict serious and long-lasting injury on his or her emotional well-being and development.9 Young people struggling with any exceptional condition, including same-gender attraction, are particularly vulnerable and need loving understanding—not bullying or ostracism.10
    With the help of the Lord, we can repent and change and be more loving and helpful to children—our own and those around us.

    The Relief society Theme states:”We are women of faith, virtue, vision, and charity who...Dedicate ourselves to strengthening marriages, families, and homes.”

    There are children in need all around us. Reach out to those near you and help them. Then use your talents and abilities to bless the lives of as many children as you can. Follow the example of the Savior and see that they feel loved. Strengthen families, beginning with your own family. The best solution is to be Christlike. Kindness, gentleness, patience and caring go a long way in nurturing and protecting children. Teach them what is right. Give them opportunities to grow and play and develop their talents.
    96- Dearest Children God Is Near You
    304- Teach Me To Walk In The Light

    301 Hymnal- 2 Children Songbook-I Am A Child Of God

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