Today as I was sitting up on the stand in Sacrament waiting for it to be my turn to speak, I was taking particular notice of the small human beings out in the audience. Closer to the back of the room there was a two-year old little girl that was edging closer and closer to the father of the family that was sitting next to her family. The dad was holding a new born baby in his arms and she wanted to get as close to that baby as possible but was a bit apprehensive about approaching the giant of a man that she didn’t know.
When the dad noticed what she was attempting to do, he kindly smiled at her and with the encouragement of the little girl’s grandpa, she finally leaned over and kissed the baby ever so gently. It was a game during the entire meeting. It was one of the sweetest things that I have witnessed in a while.
Closer to the front was a family that I have spent some time with because the mom has been my visiting teaching companion the whole time I have been in the ward. She has a three-year old little boy and a nine-month old little girl. The little boy was sitting there smiling up at me and so I winked at him and he just giggled. Then I started shaking my head yes, to which he would reply with shaking his head in dramatic fashion no. I played this game with him during most of the meeting. Don’t worry....I was listening to the other speakers also!
Over to the side was one of my favorite little girls. She is a year and a half old and her favorite game to play with me is peek-a-boo at the side of the church pews. I wasn’t down there to have fun with her and she was out cold on her mom’s shoulder.
Although it was one of the toughest adjustments to make when I started attending the family ward, I have found that a little noise during the meeting is nothing in comparison to the benefits of having all of those precious little ones around. They are such a huge reminder to me of how much love our Heavenly Father has for each one of us and they also teach me how willing I should be to love all those around me.
My niece wrote me a note that is currently hanging on my refrigerator. It says...Dear JRA, I love you Aunt JRA cuz you are so much fun! How can you not just love these little ones!