Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mothers Who Know

In The Book of Mormon, there is a story of 2,000 young men who volunteer to fight for their freedoms, and defend their families. A pivotal part in the story states "They have 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."

You don't need to be familiar with the story, or even the Book of Mormon to feel those words hit you in the heart. How wonderful for those mothers to be able to share their strength with their sons, for them to have so much trust in the faith of their mothers that they would rise up in the face of death and fight for their freedom. They didn't doubt their mothers. Perhaps they didn't have a perfect faith for themselves, but they knew their mothers would never lead them astray.

There is a fantastic talk by Julie B. Beck who spoke directly of these mothers called "Mothers who Know". In the talk she states:

"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. Children are being born into a world where they "wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12). However, mothers need not fear. When mothers know who they are and who God is and have made covenants with Him, they will have great power and influence for good on their children."

She also pinpoints several traits of "Mothers who Know." My favorites include:

Mothers Who Know Are Nurturers
Mothers Who Know Are Leaders
Mothers Who Know Are Teachers
Mothers Who Know Do Less
Mothers Who Know Stand Strong and Immovable

I hope that my children will have enough trust in me to believe in my words when they have to face challenges in the world around them, that they will have knowledge and that they will not doubt their mother.

1 comment:

  1. This post made me cry. I love this example from the Book of Mormon.

    I'm loving the blog. It is so uplifting!!