Parenthood – mothers and fathers

“There is no greater honor, no more elevated title, and no more important role in this life than that of mother or father.” (Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President, “Defenders of the Family Proclamation,” General Conference, April 2015)

“Be cautious about what you view in entertainment media or print. Your personal virtue will model for your daughters, and also your sons, what true strength and moral courage are.” (Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President, “Love Her Mother,” General Conference, October 2011)

“How do you raise a girl? Love her mother. Lead your family to the temple, be guardians of virtue, and magnify your priesthood.” (Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President, “Love Her Mother,” General Conference, October 2011)

“Fathers, you have been entrusted with our Heavenly Father’s royal daughters. They are virtuous and elect. It is my prayer that you will watch over them, strengthen them, model virtuous behavior, and teach them to follow in the Savior’s every footstep–for He lives!” (Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President, “Love Her Mother,” General Conference, October 2011)

“The value women place on motherhood in this life and the attributes of motherhood they attain here will rise with them in the Resurrection (see D&C 130:18). Women who desire and work toward that blessing in this life are promised they will receive it for all eternity, and eternity is much, much longer than mortality. There is eternal influence and power in motherhood.” (Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President, “Mothers Who Know,” General Conference, October 2007)

“Mothers who know do less. They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally. They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home. Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all.” (Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President, “Mothers Who Know,” General Conference, October 2007)

“Mothers, you are instruments in God’s hands, with a divine responsibility to teach and nurture your children. Little ones so need your kind and loving hand. As you put them first, He will direct you how to best serve them.” (Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President, “Sweet Moments,” General Conference, October 2005)

“Oh, that every girl and woman would have a testimony of her potential for eternal motherhood as she keeps her earthly covenants.” (Julie B. Beck, Young Women General Presidency, “A ‘Mother Heart,’” General Conference, April 2004)

“Some of the truest mother hearts beat in the breasts of women who will not rear their own children in this life.” (Julie B. Beck, Young Women General Presidency, “A ‘Mother Heart,’” General Conference, April 2004)

“The influence of righteous, conscientious, persistent, daily mothering is far more lasting, far more powerful, far more influential than any earthly position or institution invented by man.” (Julie B. Beck, Young Women General Presidency, “A ‘Mother Heart,’” General Conference, April 2004)

“Parenting is not only challenging, but it provides life’s greatest joys.” (Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President, “Did I Tell You … ?,” General Conference, April 2003)

“Children—as well as people of all ages—improve behavior from love and encouragement more than from fault-finding.” (Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President, “Did I Tell You … ?,” General Conference, April 2003)

“Parents and children need to participate in each other’s everyday, ordinary experiences. So I know about your upcoming test; you know about my lesson preparation. I attend your games; you join me in the kitchen for dinner preparation. We are major players in each other’s lives, absorbing love through daily experiences.” (Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President, “Did I Tell You … ?,” General Conference, April 2003)

“As we seek the Spirit, we can receive the comfort, guidance, and reassurance we need to fulfill the responsibilities and receive the blessings of parenthood.” (Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President, “A Voice of Gladness for Our Children,” General Conference, October 2002)

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