“If you go get your shoes and bring them to me, I’ll help you put them on. They are by the front door.”
Andrew jumped up to obey and then suddenly stopped, a little confused. Not too many things stop my energetic 5 year old boy in his tracks. “Wait. Which one is the front door again?”
“It’s in the living room.”
Movement resumed as he quickly disappeared around the corner, saying, “Oh, the Spirit Room!”
Not fifteen seconds later, he was skipping towards me, shoes in hand, jabbering away about his plans for the day.
As I helped him put on his shoes, I interrupted his chatter, “What did you call that room?”
“The Spirit Room.”
“Why do you call it that?”
“Cause you feel the spirit really strong in that room. Can I wear the lighter jacket today?” He was already on his way out the door.
I managed to nod as I soaked in the power of his observation.
Just twelve hours earlier, we had ended what I felt was clearly a less-than-perfect Family Home Evening lesson in the ‘Spirit Room.’ I had even gone to bed contemplating ways we could improve. I wondered if our efforts were in vain or if it was making any difference at all in my children’s lives. In that moment with my son, I realized it was my own faith which needed to be strengthened.
I sent a quick prayer of gratitude for my son and his ability to recognize one of the most beautiful and precious blessings that comes from obedience to having family gospel discussions, family scripture study and family prayer….all held in our humble little living room. Despite our frequent moments of imperfection, my family was still able to feel the constant blessing, guidance and comfort of the spirit.
As Elder Eyring has said, “We help God’s children best by providing ways to build faith in Jesus Christ and His restored gospel when they are young.
…Heavenly Father has assigned us to a great variety of stations to strengthen and, when needed, to lead travelers to safety. Our most important and powerful assignments are in the family. They are important because the family has the opportunity at the start of a child’s life to put feet firmly on the path home.
…If we are wise, we will encourage, praise, and exemplify everything which invites the companionship of the Holy Ghost.
…I promise each of you, as you follow inspired direction in this, the true Church of Jesus Christ, that our youth and we who help and love them can be delivered safely to our home with Heavenly Father and the Savior to live in families and in joy forever.”
It has been months since that day and our Family Home Evening lessons, prayers, scripture reading and family councils have continued to be imperfect, but it doesn’t bother me as much anymore because I know the spirit is still hard at work teaching, guiding, comforting and blessing our family’s efforts to faithfully return back to our eternal home.
By: Shelby Rodgers