I put the kids to bed tonight at 9pm. At 9:50pm Madilyn toddles her way out to the family room saying she is scared and needs a hug. Mike and I both give Madi a hug and Daddy takes her back to her room. At about 10:15pm she comes back out saying, "Mommy, I scared." I took her back to her room and suggested we say a prayer to make her feel better. We said a prayer and she seemed ok so I started leaving. She starts screaming asking if she can sleep with Katie because she is too scared to sleep in her own bed. I asked her why she was so scared and she started telling me about something that happened to Dora and how Dora was scared and now Madi was scared. I told her that is was just a show and it was nothing to be afraid of. She still wouldn't go to sleep and by this time had woken up both Katelyn and Mayli. I decided to take her out of the room to see if I could calm her down. She kept telling me she was so scared because of this Dora thing so I told her instead of thinking of the scary thing to think of things that made her happy. I asked her, "what makes you happy Madi?" And without hesitation she began singing...."I love to see the temple I'm going there someday to feel the holy spirit to listen and to pray. For the temple is a house of God of place of love and beauty. I'll prepare myself while I am young this is my sacred duty." (With a little help from Mommy but she did know most of the words). She then said ok Mom I'm not scared anymore I'm happy! I asked her if she could go to bed now and she said yes I'm not scared...I love to see the temple! And off to bed she went without any problems.
Well Madi I also love to see the temple and it makes me happy too! How I love my young children and their amazing faith and the joy that they have because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So next time I'm 'scared' or having a bad day...maybe I just need to remember "I love to see the temple" and all will be well.