When I heard this talk in general conference, tears quietly rolled down my cheeks. My poor husband probably thought he was failing miserably at her message; he wasn’t, but I just felt so touched that she was addressing this important subject in conference. I felt so grateful for my good husband, for my good father, and for my sweet daughter. I hoped my boys will someday grow into the kind of fathers that are found in their family’s legacy. I loved Sister Dalton’s charge to fathers that loving their wives and being the guardians of their daughter’s virtue can bless young women in very important ways. It’s so true. There is nary an example of this kind of father in the modern media of today, and oh, how the girls need to see it in their own homes.
|Love Her Mother by Sister Elaine S. Dalton|
“How can a father raise a happy, well-adjusted daughter in today’s increasingly toxic world? The answer has been taught by the Lord’s prophets. It is a simple answer, and it is true—“The most important thing a father can do for his [daughter] is to love [her] mother.”1 By the way you love her mother, you will teach your daughter about tenderness, loyalty, respect, compassion, and devotion. She will learn from your example what to expect from young men and what qualities to seek in a future spouse. You can show your daughter by the way you love and honor your wife that she should never settle for less. Your example will teach your daughter to value womanhood. You are showing her that she is a daughter of our Heavenly Father, who loves her.”
Friends, this would be a great week to invite your husbands to join you in GCBC study. What stood out to you as you studied this talk? Feel free to sing the praises of your own husband or father, and please express your love and appreciation to them. If you are a single mother or do not currently have a husband that can carry out this role, what positive message can you still take away and learn from Sister Dalton’s talk? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
To anyone who is checking out GCBC for the first time, the goal is to read one General Conference talk a week and discuss it together as an on-line “book club.” If you want to learn more, go here, and join the discussion here each week.