Am I teaching them? - Why we believe what we believe.
We've been talking to Monty about Joseph Smith and his role in the restoration of the LDS church. Yes... he is two and you might think most of it goes over his head, but I feel like even at his young age it's important to teach Monty why we believe the things we do, and to our surprise he retains a lot of it! Yesterday we visited the new exhibits at the LDS Church History Museum in celebration of Pioneer Day, a holiday observed and celebrated in Utah, and we LOVED seeing the new exhibits. There was one area that had a mural of the scene at Carthage Jail when Joseph smith was shot and killed. My dad was explaining to Monty what happened and Monty was very upset about it and kept running up, hitting the wall and exclaiming, don't shoot him!! I'll hit them!! Don't shoot Joseph Smith!" The rest of the day he continued to talk about it and even in his nightly prayers he mentioned the incident. This morning Monty was telling his daddy about Joseph smith and the bad guys and he paused looked at Dane and said frankly, "Jesus gave Joseph Smith a hug." I have no doubt that Monty witnessed the sweet reunion between Christ and Joseph Smith along with the other Pioneers that lost their lives to the cause and it is still fresh in his memory.
On this Pioneer Day I am so grateful for all the pioneers who were so dedicated and faithful and truly labored to make this restored gospel available to us today. Whether you believe in the LDS faith or not you cannot discount the dedication of the early Mormon pioneers who traveled across the country in hopes of practicing their religion in peace. They were persecuted at every turn and gave everything, all their processions, family members and even their lives to follow their prophet.
While visiting the exhibits I kept thinking how grateful I am for their sacrifices but something I heard today in church made me take a step back and reassess my thoughts on the pioneers. The speaker said, "It is not enough to simply be grateful for their sacrifices, but we must learn from their lives and apply those lessons to our life."
There are so many attributes of the Mormon pioneers that we should try to emulate in our lives and I found this article has 9 amazing stories of pioneer women and their stories of faith and obedience. I think you will love reading the stories just as much as I do!