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This past weekend, I had the opportunity of singing in a special women’s choir at church. There is nothing more wonderful and uplifting than being a part of a group that learns and grows and shares together.

As I was learning this wonderful song, I had to work really hard at NOT thinking too much about the words, because it would make me cry, and crying is not a good way to sing! But now that I’m not singing, I wanted to share the words with you, and a bit of the back story.

Here is the song “How will they know?”

How will they know?

1. How will they know, the ones for whom we care,
That God is love and with us ev’rywhere,
That life is good, with blessings all can share?
How will they know unless we teach them so?
2. How will they learn that, though they go astray,
God will forgive and help them find the way?
How will they feel the Spirit day by day?
How will they know unless we teach them so?
3. How will they grow in wisdom and delight?
How will they choose to follow what is right?
How can they trust the future will be bright?
How will they know unless we show them?
4. How will they live when they at last are grown?
What will they give to children of their own?
Will they reflect the values we have shown?
How will they know, as on through life they go?
How will they know unless we strive to teach them so?

This beautiful song was written by Natalie Sleeth, at the request of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for use on a Mother’s day.  She said

When my son had young children of his own, I became aware of how the way he was raised (by my husband and me) was reflected in the way he and his wife were raising their children… I generalized this idea into an expression of the need for teaching those within our care what we feel is important in life.”

At first I questioned my own parenting, wondering if I have not done enough in the past.  Have my kids grown up knowing the full extent of my belief in God, and the strength and power of the atonement?  Did I teach them enough?  Did I do enough?

I’m sure that I did the best I could with what I had. But I realized that the past is past. The only thing I have control over now is my present and how it can affect my future.

I can choose today to share my beliefs and my love of the Savoir. I can help my children learn what I believe and know to be true, but I can also share my values with my friends, and my children’s friends, or any one that God places in my path.  It is never too late to help a rising generation by sharing the strength that you have learned.

We live in a tough world with a lot of wickedness. But there are also a lot of good people, and if we all work together to share the good and hope in Christ and his atonement, we can overcome the world.

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