For me a highlight of General Conference was Elder Juan Uceda’s talk in the Priesthood Session on Saturday, especially his story about a Mormon father who angered his daughter by ordering her to participate in family scripture study. The MP3 file is available already. In the story, the LDS father was angry with the attitude of his teenage daughter. When she stormed away and locked herself in her room, he realized something was wrong and wisely took a moment to turn to the Lord in prayer to understand how he should approach the mess.
Thank goodness he calmed down and sought divine help! He then felt the inspiration come: he needed to apologize. Such a simple thing, but it softened her heart and helped them both see that they needed to overcome the easily provoked “natural man” in each of us and seek to live closer to God. The details of that story and the spirit of Elder Uceda’s message brought tears to the eyes of a number of fathers. Are there any of us that don’t regret moments when we were angry with a child or loved one? How all of us cranky men need the softening influence of the Spirit of God that comes through prayer.