So, we like to prepare for General Conference by praying about a particular question, or concern. It always gets answered by at least one, if not multiple, of the talks.
This year, I felt that the kids should participate in this as well. So, we discussed it last week and they decided that they wanted to pray to feel the Holy Ghost. I thought that was a fantastic idea, so we helped them remember to pray for it all week during their prayers.
Well, yesterday, they were a little too distracted, and really, I know it's a lot to ask of a four and six-year old to listen to all of that. But I had felt prompted to promise them that they would feel the Holy Ghost during General Conference, if they prayed sincerely. So, I was worried what might happen if they didn't!
Anyway, this morning, our prophet Thomas S. Monson spoke. Little M's attention span was a little spotty, but Sweet P stayed totally focused (and it lasted a good 25 minutes!). After, I asked them how they felt when he was speaking. They both told me they felt really good. And then I asked if they believed all that he had said, and they said, 'yes'. And I told them, this was the Holy Ghost. And then, I think we all felt the Holy Ghost confirming that truth as well. And it was really neat.
I think, initially, I had wanted them to have some grand experience where they really felt something spectacular because sometimes that is how it is when I feel the Holy Ghost. But, in hindsight, I think this was better because, most often, the Holy Ghost comes to us in a quiet, simple feeling of peace and happiness. Now, when they have that feeling during church, or while praying about a decision, or whatever, they can recognize that it is a divine guiding influence they are feeling.
It's a start, anyway.
And it was my Joyful Moment. A beautiful sweet Joyful Moment shared with my children.
Wishing you all Joyful Moments this sweet!