It had been a hectic Sunday morning. My husband had an early Stake meeting which meant I was juggling 4 kids by myself, including 6-month-old twins, in an attempt to get everyone to 9 am church on time! No small feat.
We finally made it to the chapel and I exhaled a sigh of relief as we settled into the pew. I was trying to wash away the stresses of the morning by focusing on the hymn and the prayer in preparation for the Sacrament. My 5-year-old daughter was sitting next to me drawing quietly. I noticed she was drawing a sad face, adding tears for dramatic detail. I looked at her with a questioning expression. She replied, “That’s me. I don’t like church.” A wave of sadness came over me as I gave her a small encouraging smile and a pat on the back. Before I could even begin to think about this interaction my daugher’s face lit up and she gave her biggest, brightest smile to someone a few rows behind us. This was a dramatic turn around! I was curious to know who sparked this excitement in her. I leaned down and asked her, “Who are you smiling at?” “Sister M., my teacher!” Sisiter M. is her new Primary Chorister.
I leaned over and whispered, “You wouldn’t know her if we didn’t come to church. Can you draw a face about how you feel about her?” She proceeded to draw a smiley face and then got a fresh piece of paper out. She drew a picture of herself and Sister M. holding hands, both with big smiles on their faces.
The power of a loving smile is immeasurable. The power of a beloved Primary leader changes lives.