Growing up, I’ve been blessed by mothers who have made an exceptional difference in my life as a student, a young woman, a sister, a friend, an aunt and most importantly a daughter.
When I didn’t think I had the potential to fulfill a leadership role in the Young Women’s program in church, it was a mother who taught me to believe in my leadership capabilities. “You were born to lead,” she said. When I thought I wasn’t smart enough to take chemistry, it was a mother who spent her personal time to nurture my aspirations to study in the field of science. “The only thing standing in the way of you succeeding in science is your fear,” she said. When I thought I couldn’t handle the demands of being a full-time student while working at the same time my first year at college, it was a mother who took me under her wing and challenged me to push forward. “I believe in you, you can do it,” she said. When I thought I had to quit college because I couldn’t afford my tuition, it was a mother who helped me find financing. “There is always a way and I will help in any way that I can,” she said. When I sat in the finance office of the university in tears because I needed more time to meet the tuition deadline, it was a mother who took me into her office and extended my deadline. “I’m a mother, I have children who attend school, I understand,” she said. These women and many others have nurtured my testimony in a phrase from the song As Sisters In Zion, “The errand of angels is given to women.”
When I’ve drowned in the depths of worry and despair, it was my own mother who taught me to recognize my inner strength. “Be a God fearing woman and know that His strength can be yours if you live your life worthy of it,” she said. When I’ve doubted my ability to reach a goal, it was she who pushed me to believe in the powerful hand of He who created me. “Put your faith in Him, pour out your heart to Him and He will make the impossible possible,” she said. The words of President Boyd K. Packer, “There are a few things more powerful, than the prayers of a righteous mother,” rings a profound truth with this woman—my mother.
Written in one of my favorite hymns, are these words:
“In the heavens are parents single?
No, the thought make reason stare!
Truth is reason; truth eternal
Tells me I’ve a mother there.”
(Snow, Eliza R.. O my father. New York: B.E. Rich, 1949. Print.)
I have fought and have failed, I have tried and have stumbled, I have leapt and have fallen; but with each challenge, a sweet message lingers: she who is the mother of my spirit continues to piece together the fragments of my life; an errand she fulfills through angels—earthly mothers. If I have doubted, if I have lacked the faith that she exists, the angels in my life have shown me that my spirit is born of a Heavenly mother—the ultimate example of what a woman can potentially become.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful women of the world!