Despite several recent thought-provoking General Conference talks on reverence during the Sacrament that have caught my attention, I am still struggling. Having two little children sitting on your pew makes achieving that difficult. Very, very difficult, actually, at least in our family.
I want to focus on the Savior. I want to concentrate on the baptismal covenants I am renewing. I want to be able to ponder the incredible power of the Atonement. But how can I when I have Maddie screaming for the bread (have I mentioned how ear piercing the sound is??) and wildly signing “food,” as Warren wiggles from bench to floor to bench again while simultaneously pleading for chewing gum? Plus, I’m often sitting alone with the kids during this part of the meeting since Colin’s Young Men President duties usually require him to help administer the Sacrament.
But we’re trying. We’ve made great efforts to keep the kids occupied with books and manipulatives of a more spiritual nature. We have Book of Mormon themed coloring books, laminated materials from The Friend that they can velcro off and on, and a picture book on the Sacrament that I made for them to flip through as the bread and water are passed. Sometimes we even leave everything at home and try having them sit on our laps without any “busy activities.” They’re still so young, but I know they’re getting it. Slowly. Some Sundays are better than others. But we continue to teach them and hope that their focus will ultimately turn toward the Savior.
This particular Sabbath, Colin and Warren were flipping through the Sacrament book I created when they paused at the picture of the Last Supper, where Christ instituted the ordinance in which we were about to partake. We always ask him to tell us what the caption under each picture states, since he’s heard it read a million times.
“That’s the first snack-rament,” he said without even realizing his slip. His face lit up in a huge grin when he noticed his error.
I guess between Maddie’s fierce demands for more bread and water and Warren’s “Freudian slip” we can guess where their thoughts usually lie during the bulk of this meeting.