Watching my two sisters-in-law interact with their children made me think about one of my favorite General Conference talks ever, Mothers Who Know (by Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President, in the October 2007 General Conference). This quote serves well to introduce/sum up what Sister Beck taught:
The responsibility mothers have today has never required more vigilance. More than at any time in the history of the world, we need mothers who know....When mothers know who they are and who God is and have made covenants with Him, they will have great power and influence for good on their children.My sisters-in-law are definitely "mothers who know." You can tell by being around their children or entering their homes. They are faithful and they are committed to "[rearing] their children in love and righteousness, to [providing] for their physical and spiritual needs, and to [teaching] them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live" (The Family: A Proclamation to the World).
- Julie B. Beck
I am impressed to see their daughters always dressed modestly. The children are familiar with some scripture stories, and all of them love to pray. They all know they are loved and they are all being taught to serve one another. They like reading books. All of them are well-adjusted, happy, and confident; they are curious and very bright.
Thank you, Camille and Elizabeth, for your wonderful examples! You are both such great mothers -- and I'm so glad your children have great fathers, too.