Have you ever had the opportunity to hold a new born infant in your arms? Every time I do, I am reminded at how very fragile this small child is and how very helpless he or she is on those surrounding him or her. From day one that new mother has quite the task ahead of her. Now I have never had that responsiblity on my shoulders and felt the weight of knowing that no matter what, my calling as caretaker of this soul will not be disolved when I get too tired or find a new interest. Maybe this is the reason that many women choose to pursue a fulfilling career instead of taking the journey of motherhood. However, I am the ninth child of a mother who has given everything to fulfil this role and with Heavenly Father by her side has found great joy in raising eleven children. Motherhood is a sacred privelage to walk hand in hand with the Savior in caring for our Father in Heaven’s children to help them find their way home to Him.
We know that we lived with God before we came to this earth and that while here we are placed in families. We come as a small dependent child. As we grow and develop, we learn from our father and mother (or similar adult role models) how to learn, how to cope with trial, where to go when we need help, etc. Women hold a sacred role in nurturing and teaching His children as they grow here on earth. In short, mother’s shape the future generations. I am so grateful to know that I am a daughter of God. Elder Quentin L. Cook taught us about the divine nature of a mother when he said: “God placed within women divine qualities of strength, virtue, love, and the willingness to sacrifice to raise future generations of His spirit children.” I know that each of you women are endowed with special divine qualities that can guide and help you in your journey to be a strong mother. I am so grateful for all the women in my life who have shone forth as true examples of virtue and kindness. There is an unmistakable, humble power in a strong and virtuous woman who has been molded by motherhood.
“When you observe kind and gentle mothers in action, you see women of great strength. Their families can feel a spirit of love and respect and safety when they are near her as she seeks the companionship of the Holy Ghost and the guidance of His Spirit. They are blessed by her wisdom and good judgment. The husbands and children, whose lives they bless, will contribute to the stability of societies all over this world and that in pursing this endeavor God will help you. Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.” –Margaret D. Nadauld
To read the remainder of the talk: Margaret D. Nadauld, “The Joy of Womanhood”