As many of you know, we had a great General Conference over the past weekend. And if you don’t know what General Conference is, it is a conference given to the world by inspired leaders of the LDS church. There were so many wonderful talks, but the one I want to highlight is by Rosemary Wixom who is the Primary General President. She talked about how the words we say have a profound impact on the children whose lives we come in contact with. She counseled that we should use our words to lift children up. This talk is so great for parents, teachers, and really anybody who works with children. This talk is very inspiring and I feel I wouldn’t do it justice by simply paraphrasing what Sister Wixom taught. I will post a link to the talk, but I also want to share a few of my favorite quotes.
“One of the greatest influences a person can have in this world is to influence a child. Children’s beliefs and self-worth are shaped early in their lives.”
“How we speak to our children and the words we use can encourage and uplift them and strengthen their faith to stay on the path back to Heavenly Father. They come to this earth ready to listen.”
“To speak to a child’s heart, we must know a child’s needs. If we pray to know those needs, the very words we say may have the power to reach into their hearts.”
There are so many wonderful points in this talk. I think it is a great resource for everyone but especially for teachers who develop such close relationships with children everyday.
Here is the link to her full talk.