“Our Church Library on Wheels,” Ensign, Dec. 1996, 62
Our Church Library on Wheels
As a mother of five active children, I found myself frustrated with the many chauffeuring duties that claimed my time. Boisterous and quarreling children, radio racket, and endless delays seemed to mark many of our trips together.
One day I remembered I had a copy of the Ensign magazine with me, so I asked my daughter Heidi, age 11, if she would like to read out loud for me from the Mormon Journal section of the magazine while I drove. I was amazed at how readily she agreed to read the short stories and at how quickly the atmosphere in the car changed from chaos to peace. I soon learned that the other children in the car pool enjoyed not only reading to me in the car but also listening to each other read as well.
We decided to set aside a pocket in our van as our “library on wheels” and keep copies of the Church magazines in it. Although chauffeuring is still not my favorite activity, reading the Church magazines and feeling the Spirit make our trips together more enjoyable.—Patricia Potts, West Jordan, Utah