This talk below, given by Brett K. Nattress is one of my absolute favorite General Conference talks ever. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten on the treadmill at the gym or jogged up the big hill and decided to listen to this one again and again and again. It picks me up when I'm feeling blah, it inspires me to be a better mother, and it fills me with hope and love for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The title is "No Greater Joy Than to Know that they Know," and I agree... 100%! There really is no greater joy than to know that my children have faith in and love for their Saviour Jesus Christ. I want them to know with all my heart that He is the source to look for in their lives when they need answers, that He is the way, the truth, and the light! He truly is the light of the world and will direct them on the paths they need to go. Oh how I want them to know that, all of their lives!
In this talk, Elder Nattress speaks about the struggles his own mother had with raising (6) children! He recalled how she was patient, loving, and consistent with teaching them the gospel even when they were rowdy and hard to teach. He recalled that he, personally, was a tough kid to raise because of his rambunctiousness, but his mother stayed persistent. The perseverance of his mother is inspiring to me. It makes me want to be more diligent and more persistent in living, teaching, and being an example of what I truly believe. It's not always easy to feel like you're doing all you can do for your children, but Elder Nattress assures us that if we have faith in Christ and if we faithfully pray and read our scriptures every day, we really can't go wrong. The powers of Heaven will bless our homes and our children.
He goes on to say,
"I don’t know if anything in this world could bring more happiness and joy than to know that our children know the Savior, to know that they know “to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” That is why, as members of the Church, “we preach of Christ” and we testify of Christ ().