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This scripture is similar to so many other scriptures that have stuck out in my mind lately. Our God wants us to know that he is always with us. He asks us to repent. He implores us to share the gospel with others. He invites us to come unto him, especially in times of trial. All of these things show us that He is a loving Father to all of his children.

As a parent, I know of my own frailties. I really should be repenting daily for things I have messed up just in my parenting.

When I was a kid, as the oldest of 4, I felt it was my job to tell my mom about the things she did wrong. I know it made her mad, but I did it anyways. Well guess what? I now find myself doing the exact same things I got mad at my mom for doing. Now I know why my Mom was so mad at me for pointing those things out. I keep making the same mistakes over and over again, not because I don’t care, and not because I don’t want to change. It’s just that some things are hard to change. I’m going to assume that my mom was mad at me for pointing out her flaws, because she already knew about them, and she was struggling to find ways to overcome these bad habits. I assume she felt that way, because that’s the way I feel.

However there are also a lot of things that my parents did right. They taught us to laugh. They taught us that there is always something to be happy about. My mom is an optimist. She always has on a smile. Everyone she works with talks about what a joy she is to be around. I’ve almost never heard her say a bad word about anyone. She was never one to share gossip, and if she heard something bad about someone, she would try to find a way to turn it around. Both my parents were hard workers, and taught me the value of giving an honest day’s work for your pay. If there was something that any of us really wanted, they would do their best to help us to get it. Because of this and so many other things, I always knew that they loved each of us unconditionally. That is a pretty valuable thing in a world that is as difficult as this one.

I know that there are a lot of things that I have done right with my kids as well. Each of my kids have a good grounding in the gospel. They are light-hearted and can enjoy life. They lift those around them with their optimism. They are all honest, good people. What more can you ask? They may never be great athletes, or have scholarships to the best schools, but down at the core they are good people. They will do well in life at whatever they choose to do because they have testimonies of Jesus Christ and His gospel, and they have a desire to do what is right.

So going back to the scripture above. Christ is there to be our advocate with the Father. We are going to make mistakes. But He will still love us. He still invites us to come to him. And through the Atonement, the greatest gift He could give us, we have the ability to erase those mistakes and become better people. And with His help, and our constant effort, we will.

Love, Laura

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