My mother is in Johannesburg South Africa at the present, serving an LDS mission with my father.
Here is an excerpt from the email she sent her family and friends today on Mother's Day:
"Happy Mother's Day! I know this holiday is meant to honor mothers, but it often just brings to mind all our failures as mothers, [...] Realistically, though, I'm pretty sure Heavenly Father is totally thrilled that each of us has been willing, even if we never actually had kids at all, to be mothers. Being a mother is as close as I'll come to living the Law of Consecration, I suspect--giving all my time, talents, money, and sanity to building the kingdom of God--but missions run a close second.
And for those of us who are not particularly domestic or instinctively maternal, I think God realizes that in reality our sacrifice is especially real. But who could ever have convinced me as a 20 year old that having children would be so incredibly valuable and eternally significant. I'm just thankful that in the '60s the prophet said to have babies, or I probably wouldn't have. [...]
I haven't forgotten how hard motherhood is. I remember [with three children under three-years-old] I went to Mary's 3 months check up and said to the doctor, 'One of us needs a tranquilizer, and I don't care which one.'
Motherhood is truly a refiner's fire, but being refined over and over and over just might help us become, if nothing else, more compassionate and patient, and possible even more like God.
Babies are definitely worth the challenges."
I'm thankful for all of the women who are willing to sacrifice and struggle to have and to raise children (including those who are willing to do so even though the circumstances of life have not required it of them).#mothersday #lds #mormon