Thanks for this article. It will help many of us.
I was a little bothered by the photo though...It makes me uncomfortable to view a sweet little baby as one who might stray.
Just my feelings.
But THANKS again!
We seem agreed that mental illness is not
While I do know that some children are assigned to certain families, I agree with the Joseph Fielding Smith quote above. In our imperfect state, all it would take is a few bad decisions to mess up the whole system of every child being assigned to every parent. Two of my Seven children are not active in the church and it grieves me, but I continue to love and pray for them and I have hope they will return.
Very interesting to come across this today, as this was very similar to our lesson in Sunday School today.
Vardell, I would think that at least some of those less valiant spirits were born during the time of Noah. But that's just a guess and not Scripture.
Maybe some took on mental and emotional handicaps to help us learn to have charity, patience, long suffering etc...
I feel that my son who came with bipolar disorder and other brain difficulties came this way because of his great faith and knowledge that it would help his family get back to Heavenly Father. I don't think anyone wants to have these difficult mental illnesses.
EXCELLENT! I've lived this & learned & grown SO much. A real "stretching" of my heart & soul.
Brother Barkdull said early on that this is his own interpretation, and rightly so since we have no scripture that teaches this. I have no reason to doubt he is right, however its a double edged doctrine to teach that more valiant souls were born here and now. It logically follows then that less valiant souls were born elsewhere, and this was once taught over the pulpit. But in todays PC world no one is saying that now, but where and when were the less valiant born? What is our answer to that?
Love the ideas captured in this article. I'd love to hear your thoughts on another aspect of the issue. God says in the scriptures that he GIVES us our weeknesses as gifts. Is is possible that the same agreement was made in reverse, that the "wayword child" met with God and accepted the "gifts" that would lead to a period of struggle because the parents needed the challenge of raising a wayword child for their own eternal progression?
Joseph Fielding Smith said: "We have no scriptural justification for the belief that we had the privilege of choosing our parents and our life companions in the spirit world. This belief has been advocated by some, and it's possible that in some instances it is true, but it would require too great a stretch of the imagination to believe it to be so in all, or even in the majority of cases" (Joseph Fielding Smith, Way to Perfection, 44).
Some of us who are not wayward are placed in wayward families!
Very comforting, Larry, as all of your writing is. I have forwarded it to friends who are in the trenches dealing with difficult situations with their children, and will keep a copy for myself too.
I've respected your insights and integrity since we met. Your comment about my music being important but not as important as I am has left a lifelong, helpful impression. This article reached a part of my heart that needed the message. Thank you again, my friend. God continues to bless you in way's that bless others.
Yes, it all rings true! I have read the book "Rescuing Wayward Children". What a marvelous revelation of information, inspiration, truth, hope and love!
Can you share some light for us? My husband of 13 years wants to know why we had to endured 24 yrs. for him and 35 years for me of previous bad marriages and had 14 children between us; and then we finally divorced and were able to find each other. Why couldn't we have met in the beginning? We have two active out of that 14. I understand those dynamics now.
I truly thank you.
Thank you for this article. It is needed, very encouraging, and well written and documented.
God bless you for this and other pieces that you write.
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