Sunday, January 24, 2010

Role of a Mother

Both within the Church and outside the Church we are troubled by seeing people of the world wanting to define the family along with motherhood in ways contrary to God’s eternal plan for the happiness of His children.

The Proclamation teaches that “mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.” Nurturing refers to parenting behaviors such as warmth, support, bonding, attachment, recognizing each child’s unique abilities, and attending to children’s needs. Nurturing in and of itself is more important in the development of a child than is any particular method or technique of child rearing.

The virtues, abilities, and attributes upon which perfection and exaltation depend come naturally to a woman and are refined through marriage and motherhood. A mother’s nurturing love is so important. Because our sweet mothers love us, we learn, or more accurately remember, that God also loves us. This love is empowering and all encompassing and comes close to the Christlike love we each should be striving for.

There is no greater role than that of a mother. From the beginning God has made it clear that woman is very special, and he has also very clearly defined her position, her duties, and her destiny in the divine plan. She is a co-partner with God in bringing his spirit children into the world!

An important role mother's have is the influence for good they have on their children. A mother's example is so important. Mothers have far greater influence on her children than anyone else, and she must realize that every word she speaks, every act, every response, her attitude, even her appearance and manner of dress affect the lives of her children and the whole family.

The Lord has promised us great blessings if we will do our part in this divine plan. President Herbert Hoover gave this incentive, “If we could have but one generation of properly born, trained, educated and healthy children, a thousand other problems of government would vanish. We would assure ourselves of healthier minds, more vigorous bodies, to direct the energies of our nation to greater heights of achievement.”

How fortunate we are to have the Church of Jesus Christ established in these latter days, with a prophet of God upon the earth to receive divine revelation and direction! We are so blessed to have been given the wonderful plan of life and salvation.

We must prepare ourselves to assume the roles of mothers by gaining knowledge and wisdom through a good education. We must all be aware of what is going on around us and be prepared to thwart Satan in his attempts to divert us from our divine destiny. With knowledge, wisdom, determination, and the Spirit of the Lord to help us, we can succeed.

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