Mommy’s key

written in April 2012- Welly sat next to me in the front seat of our car while we waited for Dad to come out. Welly was playing with my keys in the ignition and saw a strange looking key.

“What’s this key for?” he asked grabbing it.

I explained to Welly the best I could that it helps me remember to say my prayers.

I thought back to years ago when I bought it along with two others. One for me and two for the girls I visit taught at the time. The lesson that month was about prayer and there was a quote in the lesson that particularly stood out to me. It was by Boyd K. Packer, it said, “Learn to pray. Pray often. Pray in your mind, in your heart. Pray on your knees. Prayer is your personal key to heaven. The lock is on your side of the veil. And I have learned to conclude all my prayers with ‘Thy will be done’ (Matthew 6:10; see also Luke 11:2; 3 Nephi 13:10).” I thought that getting the keys would help me and the girls I visit taught to remember to pray. I gave each of the girls a skeleton key with the saying, “Prayer is your personal key to heaven. The lock is on your side of the veil.”

I mentioned that part of the quote to Welly, that prayer is the key to heaven, I think I said, “heaven’s door” he really liked that part, and gave a big smile and you could just see the wheels in his head turning.

I went on, “when we pray, we’re talking to our Heavenly Father, and He lives in heaven…..and” Welly interrupted my explination… “Can I talk to Heavenly Father?” I told him, “Sure, but we better turn off the radio”.

Totally un-helped, bowing his head and folding his arms in the front seat he started,

“Dear Heavenly Father…Hey, How’s it going? Is is fun up there…in heaven? (pause) Yeah? (pause) How’s it going? (longer pause) In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen”.

We talked about after HOW Heavenly Father answers our prayers and how it’s different than if he asked me a question.

It was such a cute kid prayer. I was one proud Mom. I was also thankful to take that question about the key and use it to teach him about prayer. I hope that I’m not too busy to miss those opportunities when they come up. I know it’s those little times, those little teaching moments that happen naturally, and unforced, mean the most.