Elder L. Tom Perry taught, “Motherhood is the noblest and greatest of all callings.”
While not all women have the opportunity to be a mother, God does entrust all women with the divine responsibility of mothering, nurturing, and guiding his children. You are not alone in this divine role. You are partnered with Him, our all-knowing and loving Heavenly Father.
President Thomas S. Monson has said, “May each of us treasure this truth; 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.”
Because of this eternal partnership, you are able to rely on Him when the challenges and joys of motherhood come your way. In one of his addresses, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shared the humble words of a mother who completely understood her role and partnership with God. She told him, “Through the thick and the thin of this and through the occasional tears of it all I know deep down inside I am doing God’s work. I know that my motherhood is an eternal partnership with Him.”
God is not only there to hear and answer your prayers when you call upon Him for help; He is continually blessing you as you do this hard and important work. He is ready to help you become an even better, stronger woman, wife, and mother.
You may already have found that mothering is most successful when built on a foundation of gospel truth. Your children and those you nurture will be blessed by the light, love, and knowledge you bring into their lives by teaching them to live like Jesus Christ, even simply by example. Your influence as a mother is more lasting and powerful than that of any position or organization found on this earth.
Elder Neil L. Andersen’s daughters showed him a blog that was written by a Christian mother. She said something about motherhood that impressed him: “Motherhood is not a hobby. … It is what God gave you time for.”
Motherhood is one of the greatest gifts God has given women. It is a divine opportunity to experience love on a level that may give you a glimpse into the love He has for you, His daughter.
What does motherhood mean to you this year? Let us know in the comments.