Today I got to lead the music in Primary. I love love love working with the primary kids, feeling their sweet spirits and learning from them. I am the one learning, not them. I might be teaching them the words of gospel principles, but it is their faith that teaches me about the truthfulness of the doctrines. The Savior taught many times to humble ourselves and become as little children.
But wait. I thought we were supposed to always be increasing in learning and becoming like the Savior. We can’t keep regressing back to childhood where everything is new and progress in knowledge. Also, as much as I love them, I’ve spent enough time with kids to know that they aren’t always submissive and meek and patient. So what exactly did the Savior mean by that commandment?
Next time you have the chance, watch a very young child with his or her parents. They are entirely depenent on them. If the child wants a drink of juice, she has to ask her parent for it, and the parent then decides if juice is a good idea or not and gives the final say. She can decide to throw a fit, yell at her parents, and run away if she wishes. Doesn’t much matter if the child throws a fit or if the child quietly conceeds, she simply cannot get the juice for herself. How many similarities this situation has to our realationship with God! We are dependant upon Him for everything. There is nothing we have, not even ourselves, that we would have without God. And when we ask for something we want He gets to decide if that thing is what’s best for us or not. We have our agency for how to react, but if we realize that He knows best for us as His little children, we can eventually become “submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict…” (Mosiah 3:19)
As I watched those sweet kids look up to me with full attention, I realized that they were believing every word I said without question. Children seem to know where the source of truth is, and they don’t argue. They don’t look for a reason to doubt. They believe far more than they question. We should be as wonderful!
But little children, and all of us, aren’t always perfect at discerning who is worth trusting. If we’re not careful, we can become gullible to putting our faith in others whose messages are not that of the truth. But the Savior has promised us that He will lead us to where the source of truth is. We can always always trust that He won’t send us messengers that don’t speak the truth. As long as we trust in Him as completely just as a little child trusts completely in their parents, we won’t go astray.