“The goal of parenting isn’t to create perfect kids. It’s to point them towards a perfect God.”

art by Sadie Harper

Adam and Eve left the garden.

They had children (Moses 5:2)

They listened to God and made animal sacrifices, although they didn’t know why.

And after many days, and angel comes to them, explains why they do animal sacrifices, and said—

“Wherefore, thou shalt do all that thou doest in the name of the Son, and thou shalt repent and call upon God in the name of the Son forevermore.” Moses 5:8)

It struck me this time around, Adam and Eve were learning line upon line. Even as they were sacrificing, they initially couldn’t tell their children why. This might have been their first time hearing these key doctrines about sacrifice, prayer, repentance and consecration.

After they saw the angel, it says that they “blessed the name of God, and they made all things known unto their sons and their daughters.” (Moses 5:12)

Would it have been nice if they could have known and taught these truths this beforehand? Maybe.

But that’s not how life works. We learn line upon line.

Even the things we know, we still have to practice, and mess up, and repent of, and practice some more. And that is ok.

“There is no need to be a perfect parent to inspire your children. Let your children be inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.” (Unknown)

Your children don’t need you to be perfect or have perfect knowledge on everything—they already have a Savior who fills that role wonderfully.

All we can do is make sure they see us continually trying to put our footsteps in the right direction.

And, like Adam and Eve, joyously exclaim to them all the things we learn along the way.

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