Let me tell you a little bit about my girl.
She is very serious-minded. Yeah, she laughs and gets goofy like any normal eight-year-old child, but when it comes to important things, she is very serious. The more I see this trait in her, the more I appreciate it.
She is so serious-minded that she won't even sing a song if she knows she cannot apply the words of the song to her personally. For instance, there was a song playing today about having the Holy Ghost and being baptized in Jesus name, so she stopped singing when those lines were sung. She then explained to me that because she couldn't claim that to be true for her, she felt she shouldn't sing those words.
She is taking very seriously her decision on whether to live for God or not. This used to trouble me because I would see other children, even younger than her, get into the "groove" during church, worshipping and even receiving the Holy Ghost. She did not. She took everything in, thinking about it deeply, and getting upset at someone who tried to push or prod her in that direction.
But underneath it all, God has been talking to her heart. And in the way only a loving Father can do, he has been gently coaxing her to trust in Him.
She has been slowly opening up to me as well about how God is dealing with her. She tells me how she talks to Him. She tells me what she is afraid of, but then also admits that when she tells God about it that she is comforted.
Like a flower, she is slowly blooming. She is slowly trusting God. And because she takes this decision so serious, I am hopeful that when she does receive the Holy Ghost, she will also be a serious keeper of that precious gift.
One last thing.......she also has such a sweetness that I just love. We were at her grandmas and great-granny's house today. While they weren't looking, she wrote them each a personal note (telling them how much she loved them and that they were the best grandma/great granny in the world) and snuck it into each of their bedrooms to put on their pillows.
How I wish I could have seen their faces when they found the note......