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What The Scriptures Say About Children

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Little children are so incredibly special. They are innocent, eager to learn, and carry a unique perspective of life and the world that we adults don’t. Elder Dallin H. Oaks once referred to them as “ultimate treasures on earth and in heaven.” We are taught of the divine nature of children in the scriptures. Here is what they have to say:

Psalm 127:3
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

We inherit our children from our Father in Heaven. What a beautiful blessing it is, and truly a reward.

Luke 18:16lds par
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Our Savior loves the little children like he loves us adults. He invites everyone, big or small, to follow him so that we can all return to our heavenly home.

Doctrine & Covenants 74:7
But little children are holy, being sanctified through the atonement of Jesus Christ; and this is what the scriptures mean.

Young children before they can be baptized aren’t capable of sinning and are not held accountable, and are considered holy and covered by the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Doctrine & Covenants 137:10
And I also beheld that all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven.

As taught in the previous verse, children are not capable of sin before the age of eight when they can be baptized. Should a child pass before the age of accountability, they are saved and go directly to the celestial kingdom.

Moroni 8:22
For behold that all little children are alive in Christ, and also all they that are without the law. For the power of redemption cometh on all them that have no law; wherefore, he that is not condemned, or he that is under no condemnation, cannot repent; and unto such baptism availeth nothing—

Because children aren’t yet accountable for sin before the age of eight, they will not be condemned and do not yet need to repent or be baptized.

Doctrine & Covenants 29:46-47
But behold, I say unto you, that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the world through mine Only Begotten; Wherefore, they cannot sin, for power is not given unto Satan to tempt little children, until they begin to become accountable before me;

Because little children cannot sin, Satan does not have power over them.

What have you learned about your children from the scriptures?

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Brenna Hoffman
Brenna Hoffman
Brenna resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two small children. She is a stay at home mom and works as a photographer and writer. When she's not chasing around her littles, she enjoys watching '90s sitcoms with her husband, shopping at Target, and eating anything with marinara sauce.

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