17 May, 2016
I promise to sacrifice myself physically for you. I have watched my mother go through six pregnancies. I know there is nothing attractive about it. But I am willing to do that and more to give you the blessing of experiencing mortality in a healthy strong body.
I promise to love you no matter what. God has continued to love me despite my many weaknesses, shortcomings, and mistakes. The least I can do is do the same for you.
I promise to read the scriptures to you. As I teach you as we read together the spirit will be present in our home and you will learn to love and understand the gospel.
I promise to teach you how to read the scriptures by yourself. I will help you set goals and prepare you academically to be able to make the most of the sacred gift of God’s word. I will make sure you understand the importance of turning to the scriptures in times of need and doubt.
I promise to give you opportunities to learn to make divinely guided decisions. God teaches us through allowing us to exercise our agency. One of the most memorable moments of my childhood was the day I indignantly told my mother I was going to quit playing piano. She calmly told me to go pray about it and ask God if that was the right decision and if it was she would let me quit…. I have now been a ward pianist for 10 years….
I promise to make sure you have opportunities to serve. The best way to learn about our Savior’s love for us is to serve others. I want you to feel that love so I will give you opportunities to share yours.
I promise to give you opportunities that will teach you to be grateful. One of the best and worst experiences of my childhood was moving to the Philippines. I am so grateful my parents had the courage to make that inspired move because I have never forgotten the perspective it has given me about the privileges I have living in America.
I promise to do my best to teach you to love learning. I will not always be there to teach you and help you grow but I can set you on a path so you will never stop doing so.
I promise to always love your father. Though there were many things that made me feel insecure as a child I never felt insecure about my parents marriage. I never want you to doubt the strength of my love and dedication to your father.
I promise to never stop praying with you. Both personally and as a family. Because I know there is great power in the united faith of a righteous family.
I promise to never stop praying for you. As Elder Bednar once said, “You can’t check a child off your to-do list.” And praying for, thinking about, caring about, loving you will always be on mine.