Mother's Day Talk Kathleen Divis
May 12, 2012
On this special day, I would like to honor all women, young, not so young, single, married, active, less active...every one of us are daughters of God. We all have the potential to be like him. We all have the promise that we will receive all his blessings, every one, if we follow the Savior, make and keep sacred covenants, and remain faithful.
My own mother was a good example for me. She wasn't perfect...she sometimes burned her bread, she didn't have a perfect figure, she had many health problems, but she was a great seamstress and a compassionate women. She set an example for me of serving others by taking meals, visiting the sick and doing her visiting teaching. But most amazing to me was that she didn't complain. She seemed to enjoy giving service. I understood as I grew older that she had been served by others many times, and she appreciated all that others had done for her. She had a damaged heart valve, caused by rheumatic fever she had as a child. She suffered her first heart attack when she was pregnant with my youngest brother and the doctors told her she should not have any more children. They also limited her activity, which was a great blow because she loved to be active. They told her she was allowed to bowl, so she took that on with gusto. She and dad joined a bowling league and often took us to the bowling alley, too. Despite these restrictions and frailties, she did not complain. I don't know how she did it!
My mother's mother, after having 7 children, lost her husband. Her oldest, Fred, was 14 at the time and the youngest was about a year old. My mother, being the oldest daughter at 10 years old, took over many tasks at home and my Uncle Fred quit school to go to work. Grandma also found a job. But somehow Grandma held everything together. My Aunts and Uncles have many fond memories of the fun they had as children, despite their tragedies. Grandma was a great prankster, and so were several of her children, so there was always something fun going on.
I am the only daughter in my family and feel a great responsibility to carry on and follow their examples. I think often about what my Grandmother and Mother endured and their strong testimonies of the gospel and it always gives me courage and hope. I worked hard to instill those values of love and family into my own children, 1 son and 1 daughter. I took their examples and made them my goals - to be fun and to be compassionate. I have had to work pretty hard on both - my husband and children help with the being fun part, and I have learned compassion through my experiences in Relief Society, especially visiting teaching.
--Kfdmom 00:58, 13 May 2012 (UTC)
"Women are vital participants in Jesus's ministry." (Julie B. Beck, paraphrased) October 2011 Gen. Relief Soc. mtg.
General Conference Talk by Elder Uchtdorf "IT IS MY PRAYER AND BLESSING THAT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET THAT YOU ARE TRULY PRECIOUS DAUGHTERS IN GOD'S KINGDOM.
1. Forget not to be patient with yourself. (celebrate our good efforts; we all have strengths and weaknesses.)
2. Forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice. (An acceptable sacrifice is when we give up something good for something of far greater worth. Ask ourselves "Am I committing my time and energies to the things that matter most?")
3. Forget not to be happy now. ("There is nothing wrong with righteous yearnings...The problem comes when we put our happiness on hold as we wait for some future event...to appear.
4. Forget not the "Why" of the gospel. (We sometimes see the gospel as a long list of tasks the we must add to our already impossibly long to-do list, as a block of time that we must somehow fit into our busy schedules. We focus on WHAT the Lord wants us to do and HOW we might do it, but we sometimes forget WHY. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not an obligation; it is a pathway, marked by our loving Father in Heaven, leading to happiness and peace in this life and glory and inexpressible fulfillment in the life to come.... My dear sisters, seek out the majesty, the beauty, and the exhilarating joy of the "why" of the gospel of Jesus Christ.)
5. Forget not that the Lord loves you. (Sisters, wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love. Just think of it: You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious Being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time! He who created and knows the stars knows you and your name--you are the daughters of His kingdom.)
God loves you because you are His child...
The love of God and the power of the restored gospel are redemptive and saving. If you will only allow His divine love into your life, it can dress any wound, heal any hurt, and soften any sorrow...Please never forget that you must be patient and compassionate with yourselves, that some sacrifices are better than others...And never forget that your Heavenly Father knows, loves, and cherishes you.
Thank you for who you are. Thank you for the countless acts of love and service you offer up to so many. Thank you for all that you will yet do to bring the joy of the gospel of Jesus Christ to families, to the Church, to your communities, and the to nations of the world." Elder Ucthdorf