Friday, May 11, 2012

Inspiration For The Weekend - 18 (Quotes on Motherhood)

Mother's Day is a time for each of us to reflect and honor our own mother, but Motherhood is not merely defined by one who has raised children.  It is a statement regarding the divine nature of all women. 
So with this Sunday being Mother's Day, I thought I'd share some inspiring quotes about Mother's and Motherhood.  Enjoy!

We “dedicate ourselves to strengthening marriages, families, and homes” and “find nobility in motherhood and joy in womanhood.” Mary Ellen W. Smoot, “Steadfast and Immovable,” Ensign, Nov 2001, 91

”Every one of us can mother someone—beginning, of course, with the children in our own families but extending far beyond. Every one of us can show by word and by deed that the work of women in the Lord’s kingdom is magnificent and holy. I repeat: We are all mothers in Israel, and our calling is to love and help lead the rising generation through the dangerous streets of mortality.”
Sheri L. Dew, “Are We Not All Mothers?,” Ensign, Nov 2001, 96

“[The] ability and willingness properly to rear children, the gift to love, and eagerness … to express it in soul development, make motherhood the noblest office or calling in the world. She who can paint a masterpiece or write a book that will influence millions deserves the admiration and the plaudits of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters, whose influence will be felt through generations to come, … deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God”
(David O. McKay (1873–1970): Gospel Ideals [1954], 453–54).

Women affect so very much of what happens in the world for good or otherwise. In some measure, wives and mothers control the flow of blessings that come into their homes. "
James E. Faust, “Instruments in the Hands of God,” Ensign, Nov 2005, 114

“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.”
(In James R. Clark, comp., Messages of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6 vols. (1965–75), 6:178.