“One cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one.”—President Thomas S. Monson. This is one of my most favorite quotes by one of the past Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It reminds me so much of the sacred nature of motherhood. In fact, President Spencer W. Kimball said “Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels”
Being a mother brings me such joy and happiness. The feelings are those that you can’t really put into words. You can only hope that others would experience it too. I have expressed openly time and time again that I have always wanted to be a mother. What surprised me the most was the lack of support. People think you are crazy for aspiring to be a mother. They think that you are throwing your life away and you should be focused on more important things. I beg to differ, please! According to Russell M Nelson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, “The highest and noblest work in this life is that of a mother” Might I add “NO PRESSURE” In my time of studying the gospel of Jesus Christ and also being a mother myself I’ve learned that mothers have a sacred role. They are partners with God, as well as with their own husbands, first in giving birth to the Lord’s spirit children, and then in rearing those children so they will serve the Lord and keep his commandments.
The world would claim that a woman is in a form of servitude that does not allow her to develop her gifts and talents. Nothing, absolutely nothing, could be further from the truth. Do not let the world define, denigrate, or limit your feelings of lifelong learning and the values of motherhood in the home (Hales, 2008, n.p.). He added, Motherhood is the ideal opportunity for lifelong learning. A mother’s learning grows as she nurtures the child in his or her development years. They are both learning and maturing together at a remarkable pace. It’s exponential, not linear. . .. In the process of rearing her children, a mother studies such topics as child development; nutrition; health care; physiology; psychology; nursing with medical research and care; and educational tutoring in many diverse fields such as math, science, geography, literature, English, and foreign languages. She develops gifts such as music, athletics, dance, and public speaking. The learning examples could continue endlessly.
Being a mother creates endless opportunities to learn and discover oneself. It is but one of the greatest blessings God has bestowed upon women. I wouldn’t trade my position for all the riches in the world. I am grateful and would like to further consider the following thought… Just as a mother’s body may be permanently marked with the signs of pregnancy and childbirth, [the Savior] said, “I have gravened thee upon the palms of my hands” (1 Nephi 21:15–16). For both a mother and the Savior, those marks memorialize a wrenching sacrifice—the sacrifice of begetting life—for her, physical birth; for him, spiritual rebirth.