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Motherhood is a Noble Birthright

Debra Coe (c) all rights reserved

This last spring, for the first time, the president of the church spoke at the annual BYU Women's conference.  Since becoming the President and Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Hinckley has staunchly supported the idea that motherhood is of the greatest importance and that women are to honored for their great work.

At the women's conference he continued to honor mothers and emphasize the noble birthright that is ours.  He recognized that many women had to work by saying: "Most of you and your associates who are married are now employed outside the home.   That is a statistical fact.  You feel you must do this if you are to provide a home, music lessons, and other costly and consuming things. . . . I wish it were otherwise.  I wish every mother could be at home.  I recognize that this is not possible.  But I ward you against too fancy a home and too large a mortgage, perhaps with a boat and such costly things in the driveway.  I simply say that there is nothing in all this world which will bring you greater satisfaction, as the years pass ever so quickly, than seeing your children grow in faith, confidence, freedom from the enslaving elements around us, and accomplishment in the world.  You will be a very important part of what happens to them.  None can adequately substitute for you a mothers."

President Hinckley said that he believed most women were doing their best given the circumstances they currently face.  He was careful to emphasize that he was not being critical of these women.  He then went on say, "Weigh your options carefully.  Be careful lest you find your self trading your birthright for a mess of pottage." 

This is not the first time a prophet has referred motherhood as a noble. This statement goes along with what President Kimball said as well.  "To be a righteous woman is a glorious thing in any age.  To be a righteous woman during the winding down scenes on earth, before the second coming fo our Savior, is an especially noble calling.   The righteous woman's strength and influence today can be ten fold what it might be in more tranquil times.  She has been placed here to help to enrich, to protect, and to guard the home - which is society's basic and most noble instituition." 

President Benson said many great things about motherhood. He said, " No more sacred word exists in secular or holy writ then mother." "Mothers in Zion, your God-given roles are so vital to your own exaltation and tothe salvationa nd exaltation of your family."  He also referred to our calling as a noble one when he said, "God bless aour wonderful mothers.  We pray for you, We sustain you.   We honor you as you bear, nourish, train, teach, and love for eternity.  I promise you the blessings of heaven and 'all that [the] Father hath' (see D&C 84:38) as you magnify the noblest calling of all -- a mother in Zion."

The more I learn about the my role as a mother the more I realize that it truely is a noble calling and one to be proud of.  Mothers really do largely influence the future generation.  It is a noble calling well worth magnifying to the fullest.


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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Blessing on the hand of women!
Angels guard its strength and grace,
In the palace, cottage, hovel,
Oh, no matter where the palace;
Would that never storms assailed it,
Rainbows ever gently curled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
Infancy's the tender fountain,
Power may with beauty flow,
Mother's first to guide the streamlets,
From them souls unresting grow --
Grow on for the good or evil,
Sunshine streamed or evil hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
Woman, how divine your mission
Here upon our natal sod?
Keep, oh, keep the young heart open
Always to the breath of God!
All true trophies of the ages
Are from mother - love impearled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
Blessings on the hand of women!
Fathers, sons, and daughters cry,
And the sacred song is mingled
With the worship in the sky --
Mingles where no tempest darkens,
Rainbows evermore are hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

William Ross Wallace 1819 - 1881


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