"She did a good job raising me, and I know she does a great job helping us with our kids," said Jim Bob Duggar in a press release with local media before he and Michelle shared their testimony and other words of encouragement with students at Hannibal-LaGrange.
"It is an honor to get to be here," said Michelle Duggar. "As parents, our heart's desire is to speak into the lives of our own children, and then as we are able to do that, encourage the next generation. So we are just praising the Lord for this Christian college and these young people who love God and want to go out and serve the world and make a difference for Christ."
During the press conference, the Duggars shared how they treat people whose beliefs do not align with their own.
"Just because we love someone doesn't mean we agree with everything that they believe or do," said Michelle Duggar. "We don't have to compromise our convictions to be compassionate."
Jim Bob and Michelle encourage their children to devote their lives to serving God and others. For the Duggars, "others" includes people who share their convictions, as well as those whose beliefs do not match up with their own.
"And so that's really the point, is that we love everybody, no matter what background, no matter what their beliefs are," said Jim Bob. "And of course, not everybody is as tolerant towards us as we are of them, but that's part of life."
The Duggars also mentioned that they are not concerned about the petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting.
To hear more from the Duggars, watch the YouTube video of the press conference: