Surely, one of the best talks ever given on motherhood … or more precisely, mothering … was Sister Sheri Dew’s classic, “Are We Not All Mothers?” She delivered it less than a month after September 11th during the General Women’s Meeting portion of October 2001 General Conference (remember, that’s the one that was interrupted to announce the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan). Nearly fifteen years later, these words seem even more pertinent to our lives.
Be lifted by Sister Sheri Dew.
” . . . we live in a world of uncertainty. Never has there been a greater need for righteous mothers—mothers who bless their children with a sense of safety, security, and confidence about the future, mothers who teach their children where to find peace and truth and that the power of Jesus Christ is always stronger than the power of the adversary.”
Whether it’s the evil men do in the world, the cataclysms of nature, or the impact of a never-imagined diagnosis upending a family’s notion of the future . . . there is plenty to be courageous about today . . . plenty of need for the eternal perspective of the restored gospel and for the Savior whose gospel it is.
“. . . will you rise to the challenge of being mothers in these perilous times, though doing so may test the last ounce of your endurance and courage and faith? Will you stand steadfast and immovable as a mother in Israel and a woman of God? Our Father and His Only Begotten Son have given us a sacred stewardship and a holy crown in their kingdom. May we rejoice in it. And may we be worthy of Their trust.”