Sunday, May 6, 2012
You want me to sit for how long?
When we lived in Texas our family grew by leaps and bounds. We also attended a ward that encouraged a 'no food' policy in the chapel. Really? How else was I going to get a kid to be quiet(fast) without shoving a goldfish or fruit snack in their mouth? Looking back, this helped my kids realize they could go an hour and 10 minutes without eating. We lived in this ward for five years, these were crucial toddler years for our family and the other families attending. This ward was full of young married students and grad-students. It had three nurseries and a huge junior primary. The funny thing is, I don't remember it being that noisy. I think the no food policy encouraged the reverence in the chapel. I know a lot of mom's make their kids eat in the kitchen at home. So it only makes sense to keep the same rule in the church.
Some people have commented on how well behaved my kids are at church. Well, they didn't know us when we were in the training stages of these busy little bodies. I can say that we have always gone to church. The only time that we miss church is if someone is sick or we are out of town attending another ward. It is frustrating for parents to wonder why they even bother going to church, if they are not getting anything out of the meeting. Kids are better off in church than at home in front of the computer. It is three hours of spiritual entertainment. When we come home we feel happier and the spirit is in our house. We do have a choice. Do we choose to feel the spirit at church or do we let other influences depict how we feel about our church experience?