I understand that some of you young women do not have mothers with whom you can discuss these issues.
Model yourselves after not after celebrities whose standards are not the Lord’s standards and whose values may not reflect an eternal perspective. Learn from her strengths, her courage, and her faithfulness. She may not be a whiz at texting; she may not even have a Facebook page. If the mothers are thrifty, so are their daughters. If the mothers wear flip-flops and other casual clothing to sacrament meeting, so do their daughters.
But when it comes to matters of the heart and the things of the Lord, she has a wealth of knowledge. Mothers, your example is extremely important to your daughters—even if they don’t acknowledge it.
Mothers, teach your daughters that a faithful daughter of God avoids the temptation to gossip or judge one another.
In a sermon to the Relief Society of Nauvoo, the Prophet Joseph counseled, “The tongue is an unruly member—hold your tongues about things of no moment” ( , 455).
Now, mothers, I understand that it sometimes appears that our children aren’t paying attention to the lessons we’re trying to teach them.
Believe me—I’ve seen that glazed-over look that comes to the eyes of teenagers just when you’re coming to what you think is the best part of your instruction.
Popular culture today often makes women look silly, inconsequential, mindless, and powerless.
It objectifies them and disrespects them and then suggests that they are able to leave their mark on mankind only by seduction—easily the most pervasively dangerous message the adversary sends to women about themselves. Be patient with her imperfections, for she has them. Now may I share a few thoughts with you mothers about the special role you play in your daughters’ lives.
We may try, but we cannot ever hope to replicate your unique gifts.
There is nothing in this world as personal, as nurturing, or as life changing as the influence of a righteous woman.
Brothers and sisters, six months ago I spoke in the priesthood session of general conference to fathers and sons.