is no promise that your children are simply tobe borne heavenward on angels' wings, whileyou look admiringly on, or busy yourself aspleases you best, either inside or outside of your home.The plants that minister to our bodily neces-sities need care and culture. The crops that fillthe garner and feed the hungry do not grow onthe neglected hillside, but in the fields culti-vated by the toil of man. Human beings aregiven to human parents to be cared for andtrained and educated. Their very helplessnesskeeps them near to and dependent upon fatherand mother, at an age when the young of thebeasts of the forests are free rovers by wood andflood.The first years of a child are all your own.A CHILD. 55Begin at once to mould him for a pure life onearth, and a bright future in the Heavenly Home,Be methodical, be gentle, be firm with him, fromthe very first. Let the boy be early taught goodhabits, and to be subject to your will, as to food. and sleep and cleanliness, before his own willcan assume the mastery over his fleshly habita-tion. Give him an atmosphere of love to growin. Keep him happy by your cheerfulness, letyour smiles prompt his own. As soon as he canfold his hands for thanksgiving, associate thatthanksgiving with his daily food. Let him earlyremember to trust himself, loved and forgiven,to the care of his Heavenly Father for the night,and wake to thank that Father for peaceful sleepand a new day of blessings.