If you haven’t yet read Mother’s Day and The Cheerio Incident by T&S’s Julie Smith, you’re missing out, big time. Go! Read! Enjoy.
Two that come to mind are: “Daughters of God” by Elder Ballard, April 2008 Conference. “Because She Is a Mother” by Elder Holland, April 1997 Conference. Which talks are your favorites?
Julie Ward Howe’s classic Mother’s Day Proclamation is a beautiful and inspiring aspiration, and is today’s Mother’s Day link.
Read the sermon by the Reverend Canon Susan Harris, halfway down. And read Kristine’s thoughts about the value of motherhood, and how she (gasp) mostly agrees with Julie Beck.
It’s hard to strike the right balance, between affirming Moms who really need to be told that they made a good decision; and letting others (especially women) know that they’re okay, too. Last year, I gave this talk. It worked well in my ward, I think. It shows one way of trying to navigate the tension.
“Motherhood rose around me like a tide in the weeks after my daughter’s birth,” begins Rosalynde’s 2005 post The Sea All Water. “Each night advanced toward me, implacable as a wave, my panic and dread rising like froth up a beach until the moment of submersion, when, wondrously, I found I could float. Few things in life have come to me as arduously as motherhood came, and nothing else has revealed itself as suddenly.” (more…)
For the week leading to Mothers Day, I’m going to post a variety of links, talks, and other related materials. We welcome your comments as we try to highlight some discussions about mothers, motherhood, and Mother’s Day.