This morning I read the headline that Brady was dead and my mind went back to many years ago.
In 1994 I was serving as a full time missionary for the Lord, assigned to the England Manchester Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. One of my first areas was at the edge of the Pennines, a town named Oldham.
As we met people on the streets, a question was often raised concerning the nature of God and:
Why did He let that happen to those children?
I didn’t understand at first and then someone mentioned the names – Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. I understood; I explained to my American companion. This is where it happened, this was the town, our view to the hills was a view to the moors, Saddleworth Moor. Five children, tortured and killed in the 1960s, buried on the moors. I was not born but the murders were notorious and 30 years later, even with the guilty ones in jail the community still felt the pain and anger; no remorse was ever shown.
I have not come close to feeling what those parents and the community felt. But there will be some people who sadly have.
Summer is approaching and growing up it seemed this was the time when children tragically featured in the news – Sara Payne, Milly Dowler, the Soham girls, Jamie Bulger. This has made me cautious as a parent; I think it’s made many parents cautious and changed the way children play outside the home.
Today the world has predators, games, social media and wrong influences in the form of images, music, films that can reach right into our homes, through modern technologies. We can not let down our guard or let anyone else raise our children. Our children are still vulnerable; they are our treasure – they need teaching, they need our protection. Its difficult but not impossible. As parents, I believe, that we must trust God, stay close to Him and His counsel, and everything will be alright.
The world is incessantly pulled by a flood of enticing and seductive voices. Overcoming the world is trusting in the one voice that warns, comforts, enlightens, and brings peace “not as the world giveth.”
Elder Neil L Anderson, April 2017