For Mother's Day Derrick and Madi gave me a book called What the Scriptures Teach Us about Raising a Child. It has a very touching journal entry that was originally in the August 1984 Ensign (a magazine my church publishes). The article is titled Living by the Spirit by Joy Webb Rigby. In the article she tells of a journal entry her daughter wrote in seventh grade. It reads:
"One day while we were reading our scriptures, we talked about how important it is for each of us to have our own knowledge and testimony- and that we must not put off asking Heavenly Father for this. That night I went to my room and shut the door. I waited until everything was very quiet. Then I knelt down by my bed and prayed. I asked Heavenly Father to please send me an angel to tell me for sure if the gospel was true. He answered that he would, and I was to get in bed and wait for the angel to come. I felt very peaceful and happy, and I waited.
The house was very still, and I think I had dropped off to sleep. I woke up when I heard a voice. It was Mother. She was kneeling beside my bed praying. She was praying for me. I listened, and when she finished I touched her hair so she would know I was awake. She put her arms around me and held me and her face was wet. She told me I had a Father in Heaven and that he loved me. She said she was glad he had let me come to live in our family. She told me he sent his own Son here to give his life so we could return to live with him if we obeyed his commandments. She told me to always remember that the gospel had been restored, and I must live it so I could go back to my Father.
We held each other for a while, and then Mother left. After she left, Father in Heaven said to my mind, 'I sent you your angel.'"
What an incredible testament that is of the sacredness of motherhood and the impact we have on our children! I am so grateful for the example of my mom and for all that she has taught me. She has always shown her family the love she has of the Gospel and for our Savior. I am grateful for the strength she offers and I hope I can show Madi the same. I love you mom!