To My Unborn Grandchild

I have been knitting a yellow blanket, careful not to show any preference as to sex. Grandchild, whether boy or girl, I want you with a greed, a longing I have never felt so strongly before, even with my own children.

I want to love you and to supply in your life a special place. To be like a playhouse near your home, a place not without rules or standards, but different and smaller and less demanding than home. I want to sing with you and talk with you and read to you—as my mother did with my children.

I want to give you so much: time, toys, warm clothes, attention. I realize, however, that the most important gifts I can offer I have given you already, through your father, my son. Penny Allen, Bountiful, Utah

D&C 25: They’re My Priorities, Too

One of my most difficult struggles as a wife and mother is finding time for all my commitments. But a class I attended recently has helped. The instructor used section 25 of the Doctrine and Covenants, the revelation given to Emma Smith, to explain a woman’s priorities. Our first responsibility, found in verse two, is to our Heavenly Father as his daughter: We should develop those talents and inclinations that will aid us in our goal of exaltation—we should be “faithful and walk in the paths of virtue before [him].” A woman’s second priority is to her husband, as a wife. Verse five counsels Emma to be “a comfort unto my servant, … thy husband.” A woman’s third priority is her children, as a mother, in the fulfillment of her family duties (see also verse five). The fourth priority is to one’s church calling. In verse seven the Lord told Emma that she would “be ordained under his hand.”

This explanation of priorities has helped me keep the right emphasis in the right place. Nancy R. Gunn, Salt Lake City, Utah

Lesson in Reverence

Several years ago, I was teaching the CTR B Class in Primary. Seven-year-olds can be trying at the best of times, but one warm spring afternoon, teaching them even one concept seemed virtually impossible.

I was on the verge of losing control when I was prompted to ask the children to kneel with me in prayer so we could prepare ourselves to have a lesson.

After the prayer, the children were ready to conduct themselves in a reverent manner and to participate in the class. I’m not sure if the children remembered the lesson concept, but they certainly remembered the prayer. After that, when the class found themselves getting unruly, they would often ask if we needed to kneel in prayer for the help of our Heavenly Father. Janice K. Aubrey, Salt Lake City, Utah