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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: ‘Jesus Christ Is the Strength of Parents’

‘Just as Jesus Christ is the strength of youth, Jesus Christ is also the strength of parents’

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke during the Saturday morning session of the April 2023 general conference. He encouraged parents to turn to the Lord for strength. The following is a summary of what he said.

Elder Uchtdorf’s talk summary

“My message to all parents is this: The Lord loves you. He is with you. He stands beside you. He is your strength in guiding your children to make righteous choices.”

Accept this privilege and responsibility courageously and joyfully. “Don’t delegate this source of heavenly blessings to anyone else.” 

Help children build faith in Jesus Christ and to love His gospel and Church. “The Savior will help you, guide you and encourage you. Seek His help. … Just as Jesus Christ is the strength of youth, Jesus Christ is also the strength of parents.”

A parent’s love is one of the strongest forces in the universe. Use it to create a rich environment for teaching truth and building faith.

One conversation or good example may not cause change, but the consistency of small and simple things, one drop at a time, nourishes a child much better than an occasional flood.

God is eager to pour out His Spirit to guide parents. “I invite you to accept God’s offer to guide your family by personal revelation.”

Relax. All parents worry about not being good enough, but Jesus Christ is the divine source of help. “Does that mean you and your family will be picture-perfect? No. But you will get better.”

Notable quotes

“Just as Jesus Christ is the strength of youth, Jesus Christ is also the strength of parents.” 

“A parent’s love for a child is one of the strongest forces in the universe. It’s one of the few things on this earth that can truly be eternal.”

“Patiently allow the rising generation to make inspired choices and let God work His miracle. The result will be more beautiful and more stunning and more joyful than anything you could accomplish just by yourself.”

See the full text of Elder Uchtdorf’s talk: ‘Jesus Christ Is the Strength of Parents’

Who is Elder Uchtdorf?

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

What has Elder Uchtdorf done recently?

Read more of Elder Uchtdorf’s general conference addresses, or follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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