Primarys 125 year broardcast

(extract from Deseret New , Sunday, February 9, 2003)

Children who "show they know" they are God's children not only find happiness now but become good men and women who are faithful, kind and an asset to their communities. That was the message leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared with children in Salt Lake City....

President Gordon B. Hinckley...  remind(ed) children that each is "a child of God.":

"You have an earthly father. . . . I hope that you love him, and that you are obedient to him.
But you have another father. That is your Father in heaven. He is the father of your spirit, just as your earthly father is the father of your body," said President Hinckley.
"... just as important to love and to obey your Father in heaven as it is to love and obey your earthly father."
As children come to recognize that relationship, he said, "you will also know that he expects much of you," in following the commandments of God and the example of Jesus Christ.
"He will expect you to be generous and kind to others. He will be offended if you swear or use foul language. He will be offended if you are dishonest in any way, if you should cheat or steal in the slightest. He will be happy if you remember the less fortunate in your prayers," and will protect, watch over and bless children as they obey parents, quarrel less with siblings and help around the home.

God wants to hear from his children daily in prayer, he said. "It is not asking too much, is it, to take a few minutes of each day to speak with your Father in heaven when you know you are a child of God?"

Sister Coleen K. Menlove, Primary president, urged children to show they understand that God is their father by loving each other, including "those who have different standards. These differences are no excuse for avoiding others or being unkind,"

Sister Coleen K. Menlove: Keeping the Sabbath day holy, avoiding tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and being modest in how they dress are pleasing to God and bring happiness, she said.

Sister Sydney S. Reynolds:
Because God loves his children, he will hear their prayers "any time, anywhere,"
Joseph Smith was only 14 years old when he prayed aloud to God, who answered him with a personal appearance, and eventually used the boy as a tool to restore his gospel to Earth.
"Just as Joseph Smith received an answer to his prayer, (people need to know) they can pray to Heavenly Father and receive answers to their prayers. He will answer your prayers, too."

Sister Gayle M. Clegg:
Such prayers can bring the light of God's love into any child's life when darkness or fear take hold.
When children go to church and sing Primary songs with the same words and phrases over many times, "we know the words, but all of a sudden, (they) make our hearts swell with light and love. It's like we remember who we really are. Because we are Heavenly Father's children, it's like he comes down and turns on a light for us."