Have you ever felt like the only reason you go to church is to be an example to your kids because you get nothing from the meetings? This is how we've felt lately.
So this week I was looking at www.lds.org for a copy of my lesson in English and on the main page was a link to an article on enjoying sacrament with children. So I gladly clicked away. (There's a link to the article at the end of the post) It was so simple it said all we have to do is be a good example. I was skeptical but I sent the link to Drew and we tried it.
Before church I casually mentioned to Isaac that we need to be reverent and think of Jesus during sacrament meeting. Then we walked in reverently and the magic started. Isaac sat down and folded his arms and Stella followed. They were both reverent during the song. Isaac even tried to sing along. Then the opening prayer and announcement and still no problems. Another song and then the sacrament and they were both excellent! I was amazed. After I gave Isaac a pad of paper and a pen and he kept himself busy while sitting reverently on the bench. He even asked why everybody kept saying "amen" without a prayer. So we explained that they were bearing their testimonies and after everyone says amen. He then wanted me to go bear my testimony but I have huge language problems so I said I would another time. But it worked! We made it through an entire sacrament meeting without any issues. Now I need to learn Spanish so I can get more out of the meeting. But it was a huge success.
The link ... http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1989.htm/ensign%20july%201989.htm/enjoying%20sacrament%20meeting%20with%20children%20.htm?fn=document-frameset.htm$f=templates$3.0