"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."
~ The First Presidency, 1942~
~ The First Presidency, 1942~
I had intended for this post to be about both fathers and mothers, but chose instead to focus on motherhood.
Being a mother is what I have wanted ever since I was a little girl playing house with my baby dolls and carrying them around the house. It physically pains me that I have not yet received this blessing, but I am also filled with hope and faith that the time will come when I receive and experience this great, celestial blessing.
However, my view of motherhood and my desire to be a stay-at-home mother have had me laughed at and berated for not attempting to reach my full potential. I have been scolded for being lazy, and I have been reminded multiple times that motherhood doesn't pay.
This idea of motherhood not contributing to society and being a useless profession is not new. In 1968 Betty Friedan released her book, "The Feminine Mystique". In her book she asked,
"Why should women accept this picture of a half-life, instead of share in the whole of human destiny?" For Betty Friedan truly, important achievements required work that she said,
"is of real value to society-- work for which, usually, our society pays".
Friedan considered family a "risky proposition", that it "ranked lowest in terms of prestige", and forced women "to subordinate their personal objectives...putting the needs of others first, devoting themselves to the day-to-day well-being of other family members."
Years later President Spencer W. Kimball, of the LDS church, stated,
"Satan has unleashed a seductive campaign to undermine the sanctity of womanhood, to deceive the daughters of God and divert them from their divine destiny. He well knows women are the compassionate, self-sacrificing, loving power that binds together the human family....He has convinced many of the lie that they are third-class citizens in the kingdom of God. That falsehood has led some to trade their divinely given femininity for male coarseness."
Elder Robert D. Hales also stated,
"The world would state that a woman is in a form of servitude that does not allow her to develop her gifts and talents. Nothing, absolutely nothing, could be further from the truth. Do not let the world define, denigrate, or limit your feelings lifelong learning and the values of motherhood in the home."
The world cannot be more wrong about mothers. Without mothers, there would be no future generation. Without mothers, morals and values would be lost to the world. Below is a short clip of a recent Huggies diaper commercial that really touched me:
Sheri Dew, a prominent LDS leader and CEO of Deseret Book once said,
"Of all the words they could have chosen to define her role and her essence, both God the Father and Adam called Eve 'the mother of all living'-- and they did so before she ever bore a child....Motherhood is more than bearing children....It is the esssence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us."
The world simply doesn't understand the importance of mothers, fathers, and family. I want to leave you with this next video which describes well the divine role and importance of mothers.