THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS – Oct 2007
I remember where I was sitting when I first heard Julie Beck’s General Conference address: Mothers Who Know. The address was short – barely 8 minutes long. And it was gutsy. I remember well the thoughts I had, hearing her speak, and the feelings I felt, that day, and for many years since.
I came across a copy of Sister Beck’s words just last week. And I wanted to share some of them today: Mother’s Day 2020.
In the Book of Mormon we read about 2,000 good and pure and strong and courageous young men that became warriors when their people were attacked by the Lamanite people. “They were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him” Alma 53:21. “Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it” Alma 56:48.
Do I, as a mother, “know” and testify to my children of what I know? That there is a God. That His entire work and His entire glory is our progression. That He has sent us a prophet, to instruct us and to teach us of Him. And that He loves us enough to honor our agency.
“The responsibility mothers have today has never required more vigilance. More than at any time in the history of the world, we need mothers who know.”
What would a mother who “knows” look like?
“(These) mothers know who they are and who God is and have made covenants with Him…
These wise mothers who know are selective about their own activities and involvement to conserve their limited strength in order to maximize their influence where it matters most…
Mothers who know do less. They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally. They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home. Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all.”
How am I doing? Have I been intentional with my time and my energy? Have I limited distractions? Have I maximized time together?
And I don’t think I’m looking for yes-or-no answers, thinking about the mother I am today, and where I am headed. I think the Lord leaves a lot of room for personal revelation when making these decisions. But is there an area I could improve?
One thing I need to remember is that there will always be something I can improve. Becoming a “Mother Who Knows” is something that I will work on and struggle with and set goals surrounding, my entire life. And that is okay – that is the plan.
“How grateful I am that we have difficult things to wrestle with. They keep us young, if that is possible. They keep us alive. They keep us going. They keep us humble. They pull us down to our knees to ask the God of Heaven for help in solving them.”President Gordon B Hinckley