Growing up, I always looked forward to Mother’s Day because my ward would usually hand out flowers or chocolates to all the women aged twelve and above. As a twelve-year-old, I cared less about the role of motherhood than I did about forcefully shoving a Snickers into my mouth.
My love of Snickers hasn’t changed (obviously, because I’m not a crazy person), but my deep appreciation for mothers has — they have my utmost respect, admiration, and love. And that doesn’t only apply to my mother and step-mother, but the many women who have, over my lifetime, mothered and strengthened me during both wonderful and disheartening times.
This Mother’s Day, as I celebrate and honor the wonderful women in my life, I could write an entire article on how much I love and appreciate them — but honestly, these quotes say it SO much better than I can.
1. “One cannot forget mother and remember God”
“One cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God.” ~ Thomas S. Monson, “Behold Thy Mother”
2. “You cannot offend her without offending Him”
“Every woman is a daughter of God. You cannot offend her without offending Him.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Women in Our Lives”
3. “Righteous women have changed the course of history”
“Righteous women have changed the course of history and will continue to do so, and their influence will spread and grow exponentially.” ~ Julie B. Beck, “A ‘Mother Heart’”
4. “The mothers who bear with us”
“Few of us will reach our potential without the nurturing of both the mother who bore us and the mothers who bear with us.” ~ Sheri Dew, “Are We Not All Mothers?”
5. “Women of God can never be like women of the world”
“Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.” ~ Margaret D. Nadauld, “The Joy of Womanhood”
6. “Motherhood is near to divinity”
“Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels.” ~ The First Presidency in 1935, as quoted by Russell M. Nelson in “Our Sacred Duty to Honor Women”
7. “Be proud of your womanhood”
“I love to hear my wife, Ruth, and our daughters say, “I am glad I am a woman.” This tells me they have the vision of their divine destiny . . . Femininity is part of the God-given divinity within each of you. It is your incomparable power and influence to do good. You can, through your supernal gifts, bless the lives of children, women, and men. Be proud of your womanhood. Enhance it. Use it to serve others.” ~ James E. Faust, “Womanhood: The Highest Place of Honor”
8. “Women have a sensitivity of spirit”
“Women have a sensitivity of spirit and a nurturing love that no one else can replace.” ~ Bonnie L. Oscarson, “A Conversation with the R.S., Y.W., and Primary Presidents”
9. “The world needs you”
“Be a woman of Christ. Cherish your esteemed place in the sight of God. He needs you. This Church needs you. The world needs you.” ~ Jeffrey R. Holland, “To Young Women”
10. “You were born to be a queen”
“[L]ook into the mirror of eternity. Remember who you are! See yourself as our Heavenly Father sees you. You are elect. You are of noble birth. Don’t compromise your divine inheritance. You were born to be a queen.” ~ Elaine S. Dalton, “Remember Who You Are!”
These are just a few out of MANY quotes by Latter-day Saint leaders on the sacredness and beauty of womanhood. What are some of your favorites? Leave them in the comments below!