My thoughts are currently on Motherhood. Hmm I wonder why?! Could it be that we just celebrated mother's day? Or is it the fact that I could be a mother any day now? Whatever the reason motherhood is a noble calling that I've studied in the last year especially due to a personal progress experience. I was to study at least 2-3 articles about motherhood but I couldn't just pick 2 or 3 so I think I wound up reading about 5 or 6. They were all amazing articles and touched me deeply. I read them even before I was pregnant about a year or so ago. I've always known that I would be a mother. It's something I've longed for for many years. I remember when I was young I wanted to be different things when I grew up but somewhere in my teenage years I realized what I really wanted to be...a Mother! My plans for an education and a future career are catered around being a mother. I want to teach music lessons from my home when my children are little so I can help to bring in money but so most importantly I am available to my children in these tender years. And when they are all off to school my plans are to further my education and either teach more lessons out of the home or be a music teacher at a school. Regardless of how things go my main priority in life or goal is to be a mother.
I was really excited to read and study about the nobility of being a mother because while I wasn't yet able to have children of my own I knew that the time should be spent preparing myself to be a mother some day. I know I've been preparing myself my whole life and a lot of times without even realizing it but studying these articles really touched my heart.
I will share a few of my favorite quotes from some of the articles I read.
"A worthy woman personifies the truly noble and worthwhile attributes of life. A faithful woman can become a devoted daughter of God—more concerned with being righteous than with being selfish, more anxious to exercise compassion than to exercise dominion, more committed to integrity than to notoriety. And she knows of her own infinite worth." ~Russell M. Nelson, “Woman—Of Infinite Worth,” Ensign, Nov 1989
"Loving parent. What a noble title! There are no greater roles in life for a man than those of husband and father. Likewise, there are no greater roles for a woman than those of wife and mother." ~ Russell M. Nelson, “Woman—Of Infinite Worth,” Ensign, Nov 1989
"A woman is a master communicator. And she communicates best in humble prayer. How many of us first learned to pray beside the bended knees of our mothers? Surely she knows that her children can walk alone only when they have found their pathway to Father in Heaven through prayer.
Certainly, a woman is a teacher. Someone said, “When you teach a boy, you teach an individual, but when you teach a girl, you teach a whole generation.”" ~Russell M. Nelson, “Woman—Of Infinite Worth,” Ensign, Nov 1989
"A woman’s richest rewards will come as she rises to fulfill her destiny as a devoted daughter of God." ~Russell M. Nelson, “Woman—Of Infinite Worth,” Ensign, Nov 1989
I of course can't find my other articles that I had printed off maybe because I'm trying to be good and throw things away. But there are many articles out on lds.org that are all about Motherhood and how it's a divine calling that we have been entrusted with as women. And how we should prepare ourselves for it and turn to the Lord for the help needed. I know I will be turning to the Lord often for help and direction in how to nurture and teach my children of his ways.
I'm grateful for my mother and her example to me on how to be a mother. She is an amazing woman full of patience, love, guidance and lives her life in a way to be guided by the spirit.