We are taught in the scriptures that the Light of Christ is given to all men that they may know good from evil (John 1:4-9; Moroni 7:12-19; D&C 93). Children, especially young children, having recently come from our Heavenly Father’s presence are still very sensitive to that light and can easily discern it in the countenance of others.
So it is with my son. He is fourteen months old and is still “fresh” from our Father’s presence. Today we were in Ogden, visiting Tammy’s grandparents. We had not been up there since December, and a visit was long over due. As we walked in the door and greeted everyone, Grandpa Taylor asked to hold Daniel while I had a piece of cake. At first I was hesitant because Daniel is always a little leery of new people. But I figured since I was going to be sitting right there that it wouldn’t be a problem.
Immediately upon sitting on Grandpa Taylor’s lap Daniel reclined against Grandpa and decided to just chill and take in the surroundings. Throughout the evening Daniel kept looking and Grandpa and smiling. I kept whispering in his ear, “go see Grandpa.” He would begin to walk towards him, then laugh and run away. As we went to leave Daniel did something that we hadn’t seen him do to date – with only being asked once he gave Grandpa Taylor loves (a hug) and kissed his cheek.
Grandpa Taylor is an amazing man. A spiritual giant among men! He has lived well, serving in the Church as a Bishop, and a Justice of the Peace in civilian life. When you poses the Light of Christ, and you have received his image in your countenance, those who are sensitive to the Spirit will notice and respond. That is what Daniel did tonight.
This is what Christ is teaching us when he says that we are to become as a little child. Not submissive, but lovingly obedient. Not meek through fear, but meek through love. Sensitive to the whisperings of the Holy Ghost and willing to do as Christ would. It’s amazing what we can learn from our children.