Primary leader walks the path 'we are all on' — to Heavenly Father
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During a recent trip to New Delhi, India, Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president, walked a long path leading through Munirka, a three-block area that is a maze of dwellings inhabited by 400,000 to 500,000 people.
As she walked deeper into the area, led by a guide, she passed homes and shops.
And although it was crowded, she wasn't frightened. She felt a "spirit of humanity, of love and respect."
"I sensed as I walked that path, we were all on the same path together," she said. "We were all on the path to Heavenly Father, as diverse as we are."
Primary children travel that path each day, she said. On the path, they learn where they came from, why they are here and where they are going. It leads them to the Church's Young Men and Young Women programs and prepares them to receive temple ordinances. It prepares them to become mothers and fathers and for exaltation.
"There is a vision to that path," she said. "We walk that path with the guidance of the Holy Ghost. We walk it with our families."
At the end of the path, Sister Wixom and her husband, Jack Wixom — who were traveling with Elder Carl B. Pratt of the Seventy and second counselor in the Asia Area Presidency, and his wife, Sister Karen Ann Pratt, and President William K. Jackson of the India New Delhi Mission and his wife, Sister Ann Kesler Jackson — gathered in the homes of two Latter-day Saint families: Joseph and Shagaya Mary Sathyanathan and their boys, Solomon, 12, and Simon, 7; and Anil and Ritu Kumar and their children, Twinkle, 8, and Akash, 7.
For these families, prayer and scripture study and family home evening were "a way of life," Sister Wixom recalled. "The gospel of Jesus Christ is not just a tentacle in their lives. It is their life. It is their focus. Sharing as a family their love for Jesus Christ is their focus."
Being in their homes, she continued, was like standing on sacred ground. Truly, she said, their homes were like temples. "We are walking this path together," Sister Wixom said. "We have different circumstances, but we are on the same path. The gospel of Jesus Christ is blessing their lives."