So, we’re told that motherhood is given to women, as Priesthood to men. Two motherhood-priesthood thoughts occur to me:
1. True or false: “The rights of motherhood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principle of righteousness. That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the motherhood of that woman.
Behold, ere she is aware, she is left unto herself, to kick against the pricks, to persecute the saints, and to fight against God.
We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all women, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion. Hence many are called, but few are chosen.
No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of motherhoood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned . . . ”
Or in other words, do the well known verses in D&C 121, setting out the connection between priesthood and righteousness, apply to motherhood as well?
2. If motherhood is the analogue of priesthood, then what do we do with fatherhood? Does fatherhood have an analogue? (And don’t say motherhood, ’cause that one’s already taken!) If motherhood is the equivalent of priesthood, what is the equivalent of fatherhood? Or, to structure it in SAT format:
Motherhood:Priesthood :: Fatherhood:X.
What is X?