My niece recently posted on FB that a 14-year-old girl from her school committed suicide due to bullying. My niece said, "I didn't know her well, it's just sad she couldn't see past 14". I did not know the girl or her family, but my heart broke some.
Today's General Conference talk was "Love Her Mother" by Elaine S. Dalton and I feel like the following quote is an appropriate response to this tragedy. She said:
This morning I would like to speak to our sons and to all fathers. 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.
Though the majority of my nieces are still quite young, I want them each to know that they are a daughter of God.
To My Nieces (and Any Other Girl/Woman Who Needs a Reminder:)
Girls, you are loved by God and He knows the desires of your heart. He is your father and wants you to be happy. He is always watching over you and will help you through rough times and will rejoice with you in the better times. There is nothing, NOTHING you could EVER do that would make Him love you less and you can go to Him for ANYTHING. You are precious to Him! You have heaven in your genes and are destined to greatness (yes, life does continue on past middle school/high school and only gets WAY better!). Be patient with the trials of life and know they can make you stronger if you turn to Him for strength. I pray for you often, that you'll have strength to be good examples to your friends and that you'll know you are loved by this Aunt that lives so very far away. People can be jerks and say horrible things, but you must be stronger than their words and remember that you are worth more than words can describe! I love you so much! I consider you each "my little girl" and I hope you will each never, ever forget that!
Riddle me this #1--
What's brown and loose and comes on/out suddenly?
Riddle me this #2--
Who came back from the bathroom at work today and (for some reason) felt compelled to admit to having the above to her coworker?
Why do I do this??
11 months ago