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It is worth it then, now, and forever.

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Eva was kind of a handful tonight and I kept catching myself getting frustrated and yelling at her. I almost wanted to skip through FHE, but I decided to do it anyway before bedtime. As soon as I started playing through the children’s hymns, I heard Eva singing along. She had her microphone out and was singing so sweetly, seriously… so precious. I instantly felt so guilty for all the frustration I had felt and expressed earlier. Sometimes being a mom is so difficult, especially on days where T.J. doesn’t get home until 8 or 9 and I have Eva all day to myself. But those moments, where Eva is singing Primary hymns or when we are laughing together out on walks, those simple moments make it all worth it.

I came across this talk by Elder Holland tonight and just had to share it. I’m pretty sure he was writing it in April 1997 for me today in 2014. I know it’s kind of long but it’s worth the read, I promise!

In speaking of mothers generally, I especially wish to praise and encourage young mothers. The work of a mother is hard, too often unheralded work. The young years are often those when either husband or wife—or both—may still be in school or in those earliest and leanest stages of developing the husband’s breadwinning capacities. Finances fluctuate daily between low and nonexistent. The apartment is usually decorated in one of two smart designs—Deseret Industries provincial or early Mother Hubbard. The car, if there is one, runs on smooth tires and an empty tank. But with night feedings and night teethings, often the greatest challenge of all for a young mother is simply fatigue. Through these years, mothers go longer on less sleep and give more to others with less personal renewal for themselves than any other group I know at any other time in life. It is not surprising when the shadows under their eyes sometimes vaguely resemble the state of Rhode Island…

…Do the best you can through these years, but whatever else you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours and for which heaven itself sends angels to watch over you and your little ones. Husbands—especially husbands—as well as Church leaders and friends in every direction, be helpful and sensitive and wise. Remember, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

Mothers, we acknowledge and esteem your faith in every footstep. Please know that it is worth it then, now, and forever. And if, for whatever reason, you are making this courageous effort alone, without your husband at your side, then our prayers will be all the greater for you, and our determination to lend a helping hand even more resolute…

…In light of that kind of expression, it is clear that some of those Rhode Island–sized shadows come not just from diapers and carpooling but from at least a few sleepless nights spent searching the soul, seeking earnestly for the capacity to raise these children to be what God wants them to be. Moved by that kind of devotion and determination, may I say to mothers collectively, in the name of the Lord, you are magnificent. You are doing terrifically well. The very fact that you have been given such a responsibility is everlasting evidence of the trust your Father in Heaven has in you. He knows that your giving birth to a child does not immediately propel you into the circle of the omniscient. If you and your husband will strive to love God and live the gospel yourselves; if you will plead for that guidance and comfort of the Holy Spirit promised to the faithful; if you will go to the temple to both make and claim the promises of the most sacred covenants a woman or man can make in this world; if you will show others, including your children, the same caring, compassionate, forgiving heart you want heaven to show you; if you try your best to be the best parent you can be, you will have done all that a human being can do and all that God expects you to do.

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3 replies
  1. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    So true!!! After having a really hard week last week with Gabriel, for FHE we watched this mormon message about enduring trials and it being worth it in the end, narrated Elder Holland too! I love him. He seriously speaks directly to me. Thank you for sharing! Such a beautiful message.

  2. Camille
    Camille says:

    You are such a good mom!Thanks for that reminder. Needed that. And way to go for having FHE without your husband – that is really hard for me for some reason! You are awesome!


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