Mothers deserve highest tribute

Friday May 08, 2015 Written by Published in Church Talk

As we celebrate Mothers Day this weekend I felt to share some thoughts on our mothers. 

This year the 50th anniversary of self-government, I was thinking about the fact that my own mother would celebrate 50 years of caring and looking out for me, her youngest son. 

Therefore here is a tribute to my mother and all mothers for Mothers Day. The article and message is taken from lds.org, mormon messages.

Life, every life, every heartbeat begins with a mother

Who willingly accepts a divine role, an endless job, a sticky sleepless soul 

A searching career for nine months , 90 months, 90 years

She taught us right from wrong, left from right, baking soda from baking powder

She slept little and worried much, she laughed, lathered, rinsed and repeated and repeated

She taught us to love God, to love others, to love ourselves

She prayed for us, played with us,read to us

Taught us what the words meant

It was mum who was the champion, the cheerleader, the chief inspiring officer

Who is, who was, the queen of bedtime, dinner time, holidays and holy days

Early mornings, late nights, music lessons, life lessons

With everything we cling too with all our hearts

It was, it is and forever it will be mum. 

Every human soul living on the earth can acknowledge the gift of life received from their earthly mother.

 God honours righteous mothers and women, because the power and responsibility mothers wield in shaping humanity is awe-inspiring. Each one of us has been affected by mothers.

When a person spells mom upside down, it spells wow. Rudyard Kipling wrote, “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”

LDS Church president, Thomas S Monson also spoke of the importance of mothers when he said, “I think it significant that usually the first word a child utters is ‘Mama.’ … Love of mother and her teachings has prompted more bad men to be good and good men to be better than any other motivational force” (“Timeless Truths for a Changing World,” BYU Women’s Conference, May 4, 2001).

A mother teaches by example. 

USA Today cited a recent US Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Forum that shows women attend church more often than men.

 It found 39 per cent of US adults—45 per cent of women and 34 per cent of men, attend worship services at least weekly. In all the churches, it isn’t hard to find a lone mother tending to her children.

 Most mothers are striving to live the counsel given by Moses to the children of Israel: ‘Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons’. (Deuteronomy 4:9).

A mother spends quality time. 

An Associated Press/MTV poll conducted in 2007 surveyed 1,280 children ages 13 to 24 about what makes them happy. Spending time with family was the top answer to that open-ended question, according to the extensive survey of more than 100 questions.

 “They’re my foundation,” said Kristiana St. John, 17, a high school student from Queens in New York. “My mom tells me that even if I do something stupid, she’s still going to love me no matter what. Just knowing that makes me feel very happy and blessed.”

A mother shows love. 

To the world, a child is only one person, but to a mother, her child is the world.

 Many people have wonderful memories about their mothers loving and caring for them when they were injured or sick. In the book Trauma and Recovery, author Judith Herman explains that wounded soldiers often cry out for the first source of comfort and protection in life, their mothers.

 The proclamation on the family says, ‘Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live’.

A mother has faith 

It’s inevitable that a mother at some time, or many times in her life, will fear for the wellbeing of her family due to illness, death, financial challenge, spiritual decline, or disobedience.

 Elder Quentin L Cook of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints said in the April at the 2011 general conference: “Our mothers are not incredible because they have managed to avoid the difficulties of life. Quite the opposite.

 They are incredible because of the way they face the trials of life.

 Despite the challenges and tests life has to offer, from marriage or lack of marriage, children’s choices, poor health, lack of opportunities, and many other problems, they remain remarkably strong and immovable and true to the faith.”

A mother knows how to work 

According to happyworker.com, mothers take two minutes and five seconds on average to change a nappy.

 That adds up to three 40-hour working weeks each year with an average of 10 nappychanges in a 24-hour period.

 The Guinness Book of World Records reports that a Russian woman set the record for most births at 69.

 She gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765. Imagine doing the laundry for that many children.

 A quote by an unknown author states: ‘A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done’.

The mothers in our lives do so much 

The divine sacrifices of mothers should be remembered and honoured.

 Reuters news service reported in 2010 that a US-based international calling firm called VIP Communications conducted a study about phone call volumes on holidays.

 The firm found that call volume on Mother’s Day is the highest.  And it’s interesting to note that one of the Saviour’s last concerns at death was a plea to His disciple John to care for His mother: ‘When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home’. (John 19:26–27).

President Thomas S Monson expressed perfectly why Disciples of Christ acknowledge the mothers in their lives when he said, “‘Mother,’ more than any other word, is held in universal esteem by all peoples everywhere.

 It brings forth from the soul the most tender of hidden emotions, prompts more good deeds, kindles memories’ fires as they burn low, and reminds all to strive to be better” (“Honour Thy Mother,” Mother’s Day pamphlet, 1981). 

Piltz Napa 

Cook Islands 

District President

Latter Day Saints.

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