" Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children."
"Many experiments have been made and studies carried out which prove beyond doubt that a child who enjoys mother's love and care progresses in every way much more rapidly than one who is left in institutions or with others where mother's love is not available or expressed. Fathers, too, must assume their proper role and responsibility. Children need both parents."
-President N. Elden Tanner
Motherhood is so Christlike in nature that the book of Moses
compares it to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. (see Moses 6:59)
Julie B. Beck gave a talk A Mother Heart in April 2004. Let's and look for principles in righteous mothering. I encourage you to go to that talk and study along with me.
What is a mother heart and how is do we get one?
- See Proverbs 31~
- A woman with a Mother heart has a testimony of the restored gospel
- A Mother heart makes and keeps sacred covenants from the temple
- She gains as much education as her circumstances allow with the desire to teach as much as she knows to the generations that follow
- A Mother heart is a goodly parent who is lives and is line with the teaching and standards of the prophets
- A Mother heart teaches her children to pray and to walk uprightly before the Lord
- Rather than listening to the voices of partial truths of the world, she knows that gospel standards are based on eternal, unchangable truths
- A Mother heart knows that to be "primarily responsible for the nurture of her children" is a vital, dignified, and sacred responsibility. To nurture and feed them physically is as much an honor as to nurture and feed them spiritually.
- She is not weary in well-doing and delights to serve her family, because she knows that "out of small things proceedeth that which is great.
"A woman who treasures motherhood on earth will treasure motherhood in the world to come, and where her treasure is, there will her heart be also"
"Covenant-keeping women with mother hearts know that whether motherhood comes early or late; whether they are blessed with a “quiver full” of children here in mortality or not; whether they are single, married, or left to carry the responsibility of parenthood alone—in holy temples they are “endowed with power from on high” (DandC 38:32), and with that endowment they received the promised blessings and are “persuaded of them, and embraced them” (Heb. 11:13)."