Of the several General Conference messages that have been on my mind since the weekend, this talk has had the most opportunity for application so far. Why is that? Oh, maybe because I'm a mom and in any given day I talk to my children about a dozen different things. Some as ordinary as what they want for lunch and others as serious as what they are overhearing at school.
I've found myself reviewing and reflecting what I say, when I say it and probably most importantly, how I say it. I've made "perfect mildness" my new mantra. Here's why:
"We can learn from that voice from heaven. It was not loud, scolding, or demeaning; it was a still voice of perfect mildness, giving firm direction while giving hope." "How we speak to our children and the words we use can encourage and uplift them and strengthen their faith."
And then I came across this article: 10 Things I Learned When I Stopped Yelling I appreciate the author's honesty and candor and # 6 about missing out on life moments made me stop and think. So here's to taking deep breaths and using a mild voice.