Become as a Little Child

3 Nephi 11:8, 37-38

What will it be like when Christ comes again? The answer is right here. And we have an extensive detailed account of it. It will not be dramatically different or unlike what is being described here among the Nephites. (see verse 8)

And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and become as a little child, and be baptized in my name, or ye can in nowise receive these things.

And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.

vs. 37 & 38 (emphasis added)

How does one “become” as a little child? What do the scriptures teach us?

In chapter 9, the Lord phrases this invitation just a little differently:

Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God.

3 Nephi 9:22

From the Gosepl of Mark:

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

Mark 10:15

Then we mustn’t forget King Benjamin’s insight:

For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

Mosiah 3:19 (emphasis added)

What does it mean to yield?

yield – to give up possession of on claim or demand: such as… to give (oneself) up to an inclination, temptation, or habit.

Yield (Merrian-Webster)

If the Holy Spirit is to be the principle instrument of instruction on how to become more like a child, I have got to work to become more receptive to that influence.

And what do we not do as children?

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

1 Peter 2:1–3

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