Take a moment and think back… Who tucked you in at night and tickled your back? Who took care of you when you were sick? Who held your hand so you didn’t get lost? Who stayed up late to help you finish a science project? Who brought the homework assignment you forgot on the counter to school? Who taught you to pray?
It was Mom.
Throughout the scriptures we see the influence and effect of righteous mothers. From the beginning there was Eve—“the mother of all living” (Moses 4:26). There was Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth. There was Elisabeth—the mother of John the Baptist. There was Mary—the beloved mother of our Savior. In the Book of Mormon there was Sariah—the mother of Nephi. There were the mothers of the 2,000 Stripling Warriors. And so many more! All of these mothers taught their children to have faith and to follow Christ. Even though mothers may not be in the forefront of the stories in the scriptures, what they did and how they taught their children had far reaching effects on history.
Elder Russell M. Nelson said, “The highest and noblest work in this life is that of a mother.” It’s both a daunting responsibility and a glorious opportunity. The divine role of motherhood is a gift from God, and key to His plan of happiness for all His children.”
Sheri Dew said, “Motherhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly and definitely that. It is the essence of who we are as women. Motherhood defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits, talents and tendencies our Father gave us.”
The call to nurture is not limited to your own flesh and blood. Whether you are an aunt, teacher, friend, neighbor, or leader—we need the influence of good women in our lives.
Take time to appreciate your mom and the all the other amazing woman in your life. I am so grateful for the influence and examples of so many amazing women in my life, especially my mom.