I just came back from my ward’s Primary Presentation sacrament meeting based on the 2015 Sharing Time theme, “I know my Savior Lives.” The children opened their presentation by singing I Know That My Savior Loves Me:
1. A long time ago in a beautiful place,
Children were gathered ’round Jesus.
He blessed and taught as they felt of His love.
Each saw the tears on His face.
The love that He felt for His little ones
I know He feels for me.
I did not touch Him or sit on His knee,
Yet, Jesus is real to me.
I know He lives!
I will follow faithfully.
My heart I give to Him.
I know that my Savior loves me.
2. Now I am here in a beautiful place,
Learning the teachings of Jesus.
Parents and teachers will help guide the way,
Lighting my path ev’ry day.
Wrapped in the arms of my Savior’s love,
I feel His gentle touch.
Living each day, I will follow His way,
Home to my Father above.
It is a strange thing to see how such a song could be seen as subversive, but a week after the utter devastation I felt because of the church’s new policy on homosexuals and their children, and even after its clarification partial retraction, I remain convinced that the love of Jesus for children is immune to excluding any from full fellowship in the kingdom based on the lifestyle of their parents. I simply cannot bring myself to believe otherwise.
Of course, the children also sang “Follow the Prophet,” so there’s that. Mormonism is complicated.
I also felt for the dissonance my daughter may have experienced as the church of which her mother is a member, and in whose choir she sometimes sings, was described as a car whose wheels have fallen off. But mostly I felt glad that the children seem so sure that God loves them unconditionally and wants them all to enjoy the blessings of the gospel when they are children. No exceptions.