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Elder K. Brett Nattress

"If all that your children knew of the gospel came from you — as their only source — how much would they know?" Elder K. Brett Nattress, General Authority Seventy, asked as he opened his remarks during the Sunday afternoon session of general conference.

Elder Nattress told how as a young, difficult-to-raise child with an overabundance of energy, he asked his mother if he could look at her new set of scriptures during one particular sacrament meeting. Hoping that it would promote reverence in him, she let him peruse them. In a note section, Elder Nattress said, "My mother had written, in red, just one goal: 'Patience with Brett!'"

Her patience was further tested when during a family scripture study one morning, young Elder Nattress told her, "Mom, I am not listening!"

"Her loving response was a defining moment in my life. She said, 'Son, I was at a meeting where President Marion G. Romney taught about the blessings of scripture reading. During this meeting, I received a promise that if I would read the Book of Mormon to my children every day, I would not lose them.' She then looked me straight in the eyes and, with absolute determination, said, 'And I will not lose you!'"

Elder Nattress said, "She taught me the eternal truth that I am a son of a loving Heavenly Father. I learned that no matter what the circumstance, I was worth it."

Children are empowered with the love of the Savior when parents follow simple patterns of discipleship, Elder Nattress taught.

"I don't know if anything in this world could bring more happiness and joy than to know that our children know the Savior, to know that they know 'to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.' That is why, as members of the Church, we preach of Christ, and we testify of Christ" (2 Nephi 25:26).

In closing, Elder Nattress said, "The gospel truly is about the one. It is about one lost sheep; it is about one Samaritan woman at a well; it is about one prodigal son.

"It is about one little boy who might claim he is not listening.

"It is about each one of us — as imperfect as we may be — becoming one with the Savior as He is one with His Father."

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