[Note: The following text was taken verbatim from the “M Men-Gleaner Manual, Love, Marriage, and You” used in 1956-1957. Previous entries in this series can be found here.]
Being Successful Parents
MIMA Murdock and David Broadbent recognized in each other an outstandingly fine personality and as their courtship blossomed their love and respect increased rapidly. Their romance resulted in their marriage in the Manti Temple, May 1, 1901, after had made a careful study of the other’s family and sincerely felt they were in love and it would be good to combine their heritages. Each had been raised in outstanding families of eleven children. President Broadbent, in recalling these early experiences related that soon after their marriage, “we prayerfully planned the following objectives for our family. First, we would welcome and prayerfully prepare for the coming of every child; second, we would have each child baptized on his eighth birthday, and we would give him an account book for his individual record of all receipts and disbursements chiefly for the purpose of training him in thrift and industry, and so that he would fully observe the law of tithing; third, we would keep each child busy in all home and farm duties according to his age and train him for full participation in all church and civic activities, and keep before him the best in church and other literature; fourth, we would assist each child to secure a college education if he was academically inclined, or if not, assist him in vocational training so that he could earn a living and be financially independent of government or Church relief; fifth, we would strive to have all the boys fill missions for the Church, and we would encourage and assist all the girls who might be called to serve as missionaries; and, sixth, we would endeavor to instil in every child a desire to be married in the temple.”1
What have been the fruits of such a union? Forty-seven years of profound love, devotion, mutual give-and-take, service and sacrifice for each other and their family have resulted in an exceedingly fine family. They have reared to adulthood eight daughters and four sons. Two other children died in infancy. All twelve of the children have graduated from a college or university. This family has twelve missions for the Church to its credit totaling thirty-four years. Nine of these missions were abroad. All of the children were baptized into the Church on their eighth birthdays, and on this special day each was given an account book for learning thrift and industry. The twelve sons and daughters have all been married in the temple and each is active in Church and civic affairs. President and Sister Broadbent have been personally active in the Church continuously since their marriage in ward, stake, mission and temple executive positions. What amount of income allowed for such a family? This family has been reared on the modest income of a professional school teacher.
1 “A Forty-five Year Mission in Prepared Parenthood,” The Improvement Era 49: 504l5, August, 1946.
1. Why would you say that the Broadbents have been very successful parents?
2. What are other examples of outstanding parents?