Generational Pattern, what pattern are you building?

Husbands, fathers, and grandfathers, how consistently do we show our love and respect for our mothers, wives, daughters, and for all women? There is no real manhood without real respect for womanhood! No man can be exalted who demeans women. Surely no man who is brutal or disrespectful to a wife or mother or any woman is worthy of his priesthood! A lack of sufficient love for our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters constitutes a major failure for which no other successes can ever fully compensate! Since our sons and grandsons will treat women much as we do, what kind of generational pattern are we building? [Neal A Maxwell “I will Arise and Go to My Father – Ensign Sept, 1993]

“Since our sons and grandsons will treat women much as we do, what kind of generational pattern are we building?”   I would even take it another step.  Since our daughters, and granddaughters will see how we treat women, how will they expect their husbands to treat them?   If we can’t show respect to our wives and mothers, how can we raise daughters that will seek to have respect from their husbands?  Imagine if you heard your daughter say, “It is ok for him to treat me that way, that is how my father treated my mother.  Don’t all men treat women that way?”

If we don’t show respect to the women in our lives, how can we expect others to show them respect?  Not only does it damage the views of our sons, but it also damages the views our daughters will have.  It truly does create a generational pattern that is destructive to society.

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