A speaker in church today reminded us of a quote by the Prophet David O. Mckay when he said, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home." We as parents should always take care that we don't put our worldly successes above our duties in the home. No job, no money, no title, no award can ever compensate if one of our children is lost due to our negligence.
The speaker today told about when he was called to preside over one of the missions of the church. The General church authority who issued this calling to him reminded him that though he might influence thousands of missionaries while serving in that position, he would never be able to live with himself, if his own son were lost due to neglect on his part.
This reminded me of a child birth show I saw recently. After giving birth, the wife discussed her plans to return to work as soon as possible. The father said, "It's hard for me to think about my child being in day care, but I know it's good for him to be with other kids.". I was astounded that he could even begin to equate the mother's influence with that of the other children this child would be with in day care. I know full well that many women must work outside the home. But I also know that many women work outside the home for the sole purpose of building a career for themselves. I can't help but wonder how these women will feel when their children are grown and gone, and they realize they missed out on the most important years of their lives. Truly, no success, no money, no career can ever compensate for the lack of parental supervision, love, and guidance in the home.
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