Friday, October 4, 2013

Opposition at School

My boys came home from their few hours at the public school a couple of days ago and told me that the kids in their theater class and different kids on the cross country team were watching the same, very bad, popular music video.  Kids huddled around the iphone and asked my boys if they wanted to watch this pornographic video with them.  My boys frankly turned them down.  Jackson turned to his library book and ignored them.

After hearing this, I decided I needed to step it up a notch and better prepare my children before they go to school.  Our Monday night Family Home Evening lesson was about bettering our personal scripture study time.  We decided to better our family's morning devotional as well to a more in-depth study.

Yesterday, Tyson came home from school to tell me that a kid was giving him a hard time about being a Mormon.

According to Tyson:

The kid asked him what religion he was.  Tyson said he was a Mormon and a Christian.  The kid said, "You can't be both because Mormon's aren't Christian."

Tyson responded, "Yes I am because I believe in Jesus Christ."

The kid:  "My parents said you think you believe in Christ, but you don't."

Quite surprised Tyson responded, "You don't believe me?"

The kid:  "My parents said you Mormons are bad."

Tyson:  "Am I bad?"

The kid:  "No, but that's because you're still just a kid."

Then Tyson turned to another kid standing there listening and said, "Do you believe that I'm a Mormon and a Christian?"  To Tyson's satisfaction, the boy nodded his head.

Tyson said, "If you want to know more about me being a Christian, you can visit www.lds.org."

(As Tyson told me this story, I was surprised to hear his response that he sent him to the actual website to learn more instead of arguing with him.... very Christlike in my opinion. :-)  I believe the Holy Ghost was working in his soul because I asked Tyson if he felt upset.  He said, "No, I just felt like I was informing them.")

Then Tyson went to the next room where there were about 5 other kids and asked a couple of them what religion they were.  One of the boys said he was a Mormon too!  Tyson didn't even know him.  This boy came from the only other family in the entire school who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), and they drive about 45 minutes to get to that school.  They attend a different congregation than us.  My boys were glad to know they are not the only kids of our faith at their school.

Now let me tell you something about my Mormon boys...

Their band teacher reported that Jackson and Tyson are the kindest, most well-behaved, respectful students he has at the school.  Their choir/theater teacher, the lady at the front office, the athletic director, and the admissions representative have all reported how impressed they are with Jackson and Tyson's behavior towards their education and their respect towards the teachers and other students.  Other kids keep commenting on how nice the boys are because they are always encouraging other kids.

Tyson has never attended public school in his life.  He is only 9 years old in classes with all 12-13 year old kids.  Even so, every time he hears the kids take the Lord's name in vain, he politely and boldly asks them to stop.  Tyson has reported that many kids have now started to say, "Oh my gosh," instead of yelling God's name in vain.

I am so proud of both of my Christian boys who have chosen the gospel principles of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints to bring them closer to their Savior, Jesus Christ.

Now... why do I share this?  The opposition they are facing is a HUGE testimony to me that my boys are going in the right direction.

The adversary would try to discourage my boys in their spiritual beliefs when it is their spiritual beliefs that make them the kind, wonderful boys that they are.  Isn't it interesting that the very week we increased our standard of study, the adversary tried even harder to bring them down?  Isn't it interesting that people could actually believe that these wonderful boys could come from people who are inherently "bad?"

They don't believe it, and neither do I because "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."  (Matthew 7:20)

I write this in my Daily Miracles blog because it is a miracle to me that my boys have the opportunity to strengthen their testimonies by bearing them with even more power in the very week we have strengthened our personal and family scripture study.

I share just a few captured moments of kindness inspired by my children's love for Christ.

Jesus Christ defines love.