Monday, January 18, 2010
Motivational Monday - "Are We Not All Mothers?"
A Quote from the Book "No One Can Take Your Place" by Sheri Dew (page 37-38)
I invite every woman to look around. Who needs you and your influence? Who needs your healing, nurturing touch? Who needs someone to understand them and to believe in them? Who needs to hear you say, "I know things are going to be all right, " or, "I just know you can do it".
If we really want to make a difference, it will happen as we mother those we have borne and those we are willing to bear with. If we will stay right with our youth - meaning, if we will love them - in most cases, they will stay right with us, meaning, they will let us lead them. And in the process we will find joy, for as Elder John A Widtsoe declared, "Where women choose to magnify their motherhood, either direct or vicarious, progress and happiness is the sure result".
As mothers in Israel, we are the Lord's secret weapon. Our influence comes from a divine endowment that has been in place from the beginning. In the premortal world, when our Father described our role, I wonder if we didn't stand in wide-eyed wonder that He would bless us with a sacred trust so central to His plan and that He would endow us with gifts so vital to the loving and leading of His children. I wonder if we shouted for joy (see Job 38:7) at least in part because of the ennobling stature He gave us in His kingdom. The world won't tell you that, but the Spirit will.
We just cannot let the Lord down. And if the day comes when Latter-day Saint women are the only women on earth who find nobility and divinity in motherhood, so be it. For mother is the word that will define a righteous woman made perfect in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom, a woman who has qualified for eternal increase in posterity wisdom, joy and influence.
I know without question or reservation that these doctrines about the divine role of women are true, and that when we understood they bring peace and purpose to all women. The challenge of all latter-day women of God is to rise to the responsibility of being mothers in these perilous times, though doing so may test the last ounce of our endurance and courage and faith. Our challenge is to stand steadfast and immovable and unflinching as mothers in Israel and women of God. Our Father and His Only Begotten Son have given us a sacred stewardship and a holy crown in Their kingdom. May we rejoice in it. And may we be worthy of Their trust.
One of the single most significant responsibilities for latter-day woman of God - regardless of her personal circumstances is to help love and lead the younger generation. If we don't mentor them, no one will. If we don't show them there is joy in living this way, where else can they possibly expect to see it!
Every one of us has an overarching obligation to model righteous womanhood because our youth may not see it modeled anywhere else.
Every woman of God can show by word and by deed that the work of women in the Lord's kingdom is magnificent and holy. How far will we go to rescue a child or rally a teenager to righteousness? For when we save a young man or a young woman, we may save generations. I repeat: Every woman of God is a mother in Israel, and our calling is to help love and help lead the rising generation through the dangerous streets of mortality.