Mine Eyes Water My Pillow by Night – 2 Nephi 33:3-4

3 But I, Nephi, have written what I have written, and I esteem it as of great worth, and especially unto my people. For I pray continually for them by day, and mine eyes water my pillow by night, because of them; and I cry unto my God in faith, and I know that he will hear my cry.
4 And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people. And the words which I have written in weakness will be made strong unto them; for it persuadeth them to do good; it maketh known unto them of their fathers; and it speaketh of Jesus, and persuadeth them to believe in him, and to endure to the end, which is life eternal.

Yesterday, I wrote about how a good parent is continually mindful of their children, just as Mormon was of Moroni, and just as our Heavenly Father is with us. Today, I would like write about the deep desire a parent has for the happiness of their children and the motivation that gives a parent to do whatever they can do influence their children. 
As Elder Robert D. Hales reminded us in the last General Conference, “We cannot pray away another’s agency.” But he then taught what we can do: “We can pray for guidance about when to speak, what to say, and yes, on some occasions, when to be still” (“‘Come, Follow Me’ by Practicing Christian Love and Service,” General Conference, October 2016).
Today, I will remember that, even though my children will exercise their own agency and make their own decisions, my words can have an important impact on them. I will write and speak words which I hope will influence their lives for the good today and in the future. Above all, I will pray for them, knowing that Heavenly Father hears my prayers and will answer them with blessings for my children.

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