Regarding mothers and motherhood, everyone’s circumstance is unique. Not all who want to marry have the opportunity. Not all who want children are blessed with them.
When hearing the Prophet Joseph Smith speak Lillie Freeze recorded: “He said the time would come when none but the women of the Latter-day Saints would be willing to bear children.”
Decades ago that seemed ridiculous, but now it seems more and more plausible.
“The FIRST commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife.” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World)
Julie B Beck taught: “Mothers who know desire to bear children. Whereas in many cultures in the world children are ‘becoming less valued,’ in the culture of the gospel we still believe in having children. Prophets, seers, and revelators… have declared that ‘God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force.’ (Family Proclamation) President Ezra Taft Benson taught that young couples should not postpone having children and that ‘in the eternal perspective, children—not possessions, not position, not prestige—are our greatest jewels.’ Faithful daughters of God desire children.”
These declarations may grow less and less popular, but popularity does not determine validity.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson stated: “A pernicious philosophy that undermines women’s moral influence is the devaluation of marriage and of motherhood and homemaking as a career. Some view homemaking with outright contempt, arguing it demeans women and that the relentless demands of raising children are a form of exploitation. They ridicule what they call ‘the mommy track’ as a career. This is not fair or right. We do not diminish the value of what women or men achieve in any worthy endeavor or career—we all benefit from those achievements—but we still recognize there is not a higher good than motherhood and fatherhood in marriage. There is no superior career, and no amount of money, authority, or public acclaim can exceed the ultimate rewards of family. Whatever else a woman may accomplish, her moral influence is no more optimally employed than here.”
I’m thankful for good mothers and their powerful moral influence everywhere.