I really enjoyed listening to this interview of Julie B. Beck & her daughters this week.
Some things that stood out to me:
* The power of a mother's influence. Grandmother Bangerter's "fan club" and the way she knows and loves each of her 67 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
* Finding the strength to do tough things, such as when Julie's family moved to Brazil when she was a young child (her mother 9 months pregnant!) and faced rats, flea bites, and the challenge of a new situation.
* Parenting advice: "I wanted my children to grow up to be my friends when they were adults, so I had to be a parent when they were young."
* Sister Beck's plea to her daughters when she was called as the general Relief Society President. I was sure she was going to say "Pray for me," but instead it was "Safeguard your marriages."
* Three hours a day of piano practice. THREE HOURS A DAY (maybe I mentioned that?). I loved how she didn't do it because of the piano, but rather because of the things her children would learn from it: hard work, discipline, winning and losing, etc.
* The way Heavenly Father prepares a way and guides us as we nurture our children
* The obvious love and affection felt between the three and the way Sister Beck really knew her daughters and loved them individually when they were children.
* other topics: how technology has changed mothering, what being the General Relief Society President entails (answer -- lots more than I realized!), examples of faithful women in Africa, and testimonies of Christ and his gospel.
What stands out to you as you listen?