Life, every life, and every heartbeat..began with a mom. A mom who willingly accepted a divine role. A thankless job. A sticky, sleepless, soul stretching career.
She taught us right from wrong, left from right, baking soda from baking powder. She slept little and worried much. She laughed, lathered, rinsed, and repeated, and repeated.
Who taught us to love God? To love others? To love ourselves? Who taught us to walk in the light? Who prayed with us? Who prayed for us? Who read to us and taught us what the words meant? It was mom.
Who was the champion, the cheerleader, the chief inspiring officer? Who was the queen of bed time, dinner time, holidays, holy days, early mornings, late nights? Music lessons, life lessons, and everything we cling to with all our hearts? It was, it is, and forever will be Mom.
Youth, I hope that all of you long for your mother’s love and leadership. Your mothers will bless you with a sense of safety, security, and confidence. They will provide you with knowledge, peace, truth, and comfort.
Mothers, I hope that with your understanding of the gospel, you would never think that any other work is more important or say that, ”I am just a mother”. Motherhood has been deemed the highest and holiest calling in the world.
Mothers give us life and teach us how to live. Elder M. Russell Ballard said, “There is no role in life more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood.”
I have learned to live as a woman of God by seeing exactly what a woman of God looks like. How she acts, what she wears, what she watches, and what she reads. How she faces temptation, how she faces uncertainty, and how she finds true joy. She has been my greatest example and the most influential teacher in my life.
The job of a mother is one who is on the clock 24/7. She is the one working to keep her family healthy and happy, she is the one who gives her all for you, and she is the one who gives countless hours of time for others.
This month — this month of Mother’s Day– I challenge you to give your time back to her. Whether it’s writing a note, asking about one of her favorite memories, participating in her favorite activity with her, or just simply talking. This is your time to let your mom know how much you appreciate all that she does.
I am thankful for the influence of my mother and all of you other wonderful women in my life. Thank you mom, for always supporting me. Thank you for always trying your best and for never giving up on me. Thank you for shaping me into the woman I am.
Mothers, you are extremely important in my eyes, in your children’s eyes, and in your Heavenly Father’s eyes.