Rembrandt the prodigal son

Sister Peggy Worthen gave a powerful talk in BYU Women’s Conference to parents who have children who wander or struggle. She infused her thoughts with the tender feelings that have come from personal experience. Her focus was on the parable of the Prodigal Son, reflecting on what the mother of the prodigal might have felt and done.

The following talks/articles were referenced in her talk and could have some insight for any who have loved ones who are struggling.

“Your lives, your friendships, your marriages, your families, your neighbors and coworkers currently constitute the sample of humanity which God has given you. We are each other’s clinical material, and we make a mistake when we disregard that sober fact. No wonder, therefore, we feel stress at times.”
-Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Jesus, the Perfect Mentor

Lost and Found: Pondering the Parable of the Prodigal Son by Robert L. Millet

The Other Prodigal by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Covenant Marriage (he also reflects on covenant parenting) by Bruce C. Hafen

Her husband, Kevin J. Worthen followed up with a talk about the reality and doctrine of God’s perfect love for all of us.

There may be times when we want to go Home to God for a day to rest. Elder Worthen See the story of a mother found in this talk:

And also shared the story of Jonathon Napela, which can be found in this article.