Thursday, July 30, 2015

Will My Child Be Ready? Review

Mothers have an immeasurable influence and a significant responsibility in raising up young men and women who are prepared to further the work of the Lord. This unique resource includes 12 training chapters for moms of prospective missionaries, all written by mothers who have sent children on missions (and some by mothers who have also served as mission presidents wives). Whether you have young children and are hoping to begin the mission training process early or you have less than a year to pull all the pieces together, here is the good news: the path of preparing a child for a mission begins wherever you are. Chapters on topics such as fostering good daily habits, developing relationship skills, being resilient, and recognizing the Spirit shed light on what future missionaries need to know, what they need to do, and what they need to be.

One of my biggest concerns as a mom of young boys is how to prepare them to one day serve a mission (a two year, unpaid call to serve in the name of the Lord that Latter-day saint boys and many girls serve when they turn eighteen and nineteen respectively) and, when they return, to become good husbands and fathers. It sometimes feels like an impossible task in a world that bombards children with vulgarity and messages of instant gratification. This book offers some great advise on what important spiritual strengths and life skills our young children can develop to help them navigate the pitfalls of life.

I love how this book doesn't dwell on specific ways to teach our children important principles, but rather on pointing out what from these missionary moms experiences are key things all missionaries know or wish they'd known before they entered the mission field. Among these are things I've never considered such as the ability to sew on their own buttons and do basic cooking at least. Guess I better get busy. *smile* However the examples they share of their children developing their own spiritual strength give me hope for my sons and helpful ways I can guide them toward finding their own. For anyone with future missionaries of any age, I would suggest this book that offers both advice and cheerful anecdotes. The scriptures that start and end each chapter tie everything in each section together and help us realize that we aren't alone on this journey to raise youth who know how to be valiant in the face of opposition.


Will My Child Be Ready? is available at Amazon for both Kindle and print.

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