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Published: Thursday, May 30 2013 1:25 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Parents, if your kid can't say their testimony on their own, wait until they can. It is disrespectful of the child, the congregation, and the concept of testimony.

Testimony Meeting is a time to share honest, humble thoughts, not to get attention, nor train your child. Family Home Evening and Primary are the times to train.

Adults, are you compelled to bear your testimony, or just looking for attention or something to do? If it is the latter two, don't.

Children of all ages can and do benefit from the Spirit, and from humble talks. Keep those up. Parents, keep the faith.

And whomever thought up the 1-4 meeting schedule, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? Not about nap time or small children, or their parents, I assure you.


I see this, and agree with much. But? Parents?? Its still important to at least TRY to keep kids quiet. I have a 17 month old right now. I haven't managed Sunday school or RS in weeks, but I still at least bring QUIET toys, Sunday appropriate toys and books (not a firetruck with lights and sirens). I take him OUT if he is screaming at the top of his lungs -but not to play, the foyer shouldn't be a reward for bad behavior. And slowly? he is learning that there is a time to play quietly. Now, he will stay in the pew, not throwing toys and snacks, and gets my attention quietly. He is learning to enjoy the music, so it doesn't matter if you sing 19 vs.

As a parent? I ask nicely, to at least make an effort. Yeah, its a struggle, we've all been there, some of us are STILL there, but you can take this idea and attitude too far.

birmingham, 00

Great debate here. I'm catholic and I wrestle with some of this stuff about belief with my own kids. Virgil, I can get them to accept historical evidence of Jesus, but not my view that he had divine potency. Big D, their view is that absence of evidence IS evidence of absence i.e. if one contends that something is real, be it a disease cure or the existence of life on other planets, one should be able to prove it (`the burden of proof's on you Dad.`) Grateful for all thoughts. I'm running out of road.

Commerce, Texas

You are right. Also, I'm 74 and this is nothing new. I think I was in junior high when a smart pastor said "Better a crying baby than a snoring saint." We attended church as young children. Now that I'm an Old Fellow and have on occasion snored, I appreciate the comment even more.

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