September 30-October 13 - "For the Perfecting of the Saints"
Hanna Choi (South Korean, born 1989)
a kind reminder (2017)
pencil on paper, 14 x 11 inches
Collection of the artist
Used with permission of the artist
One of the precious qualities of art is its ability to capture a passing moment. This drawing of Hannah Choi is an example of a joyous and fleeting memory. In an April 2005 General Conference address, President Thomas S. Monson told the story of a father who rebuffed a business request in order to take his children to the circus. When the mother said, “The circus keeps coming back, you know,” the father replied, “But childhood doesn't.” Then President Monson added, “My brothers and sisters, time with your children is fleeting. Do not put off being with them now.”
The artist Hanna Choi writes, “I think God gives us children because He wants us to always remember how He sees us... a constant reminder of His love and feelings towards us. They are literally the guiding angels and example to the world like the Savior taught. They are one of the greatest gifts and joy God has sent us."
When writing to the Ephesians, Paul reminds them of the commandment, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; .... that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth" (Ephesians 6:1-2). How does this commandment apply to you in your station in life? If you are an adult, how do you honor your parents now? If your parents are deceased, how do you continue to honor them? Why do you think that "living long on the earth" is tied to honoring parents?
Paul further counsels parents: "[P]rovoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). How does your behavior toward your own children or children around you impact their perception of Heavenly Parents? How does it impact their spiritual self esteem?
What can you do to be a positive influence in the life of the children in your ward family? What specific thing can you do this week to help bolster a child in the ward?