60th Ward Talk Mother’s Day 5-11-2014
Set stage – Grateful for opportunity to speak on Mother’s Day.
- Great Ward, Good Bishop, Good Teachers and Leaders – Thank You
- I thought this ward was perfect until, we got a call for brother Hale – who asked us to talk today. Now we will have to re-evaluate that position.
I would like to cover three areas while talking on the subject of Mothers and paint a picture as I do.
To start our picture we’ll need to set the canvas or back drop (it is the canvas of the times we live in). I will read 2 Timothy 3
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Question? So how do we live in the black, but not be a part of the black?
Answer: We paint with colors!
The first light or color on this black canvas for me was President Hinckley…
- His up-beat manor, his enthusiasm for life, his love of the youth of the church, his energy, and his optimism – he would say everything will work out, have faith and it will all work out. We have one of his saying over our door in Logan “Try a little harder to do a little better”
# l. So let’s add the purity Color WHITE to our painting, representing all good leaders (Bishops, Stake Presidents, good Teachers, and especially all good MOTHERS) for they add the white of purity, virtue and love.
Read àI remember when President Hinckley became president of the Church and shortly after, a news conference was held. Standing in front of the heroic-sized casting of the Prophet Joseph Smith, in the lobby of the beautifully refurbished Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Gordon Bitner Hinckley was formally introduced to the public and the press on March 13th 1995 as the fifteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The press asked the new President “Your church teaches that a woman’s place is in the home. How do you justify that view in light of the increasing demand for a two income family just to make ends meet?
A very loaded question, and I am sure they thought they had him and all the leaders of the Church who advocated that a family, community, and nation would be better off if more mothers stayed at home.
I don’t remember his exact words but it went something like this – We recognize that times are tough, but to those faithful mothers we say “do the best you can”.
- Raising a child and being a Mom doesn’t come with an instruction manual. You have to do the best you can.
- At the end of the press conference, President Hinckley was ask to share his focus, the theme of his admiration – his legacy for the church. Without missing a beat he said: “Carry On” – how typical for him to choose a youthful upbeat theme. It’s hymn # 255 and starts with “Firm as the mountains around us”.
Good Mothers know: Immorality is a sin, infidelity is a sin, Lying is a sin, Cheating is a sin, and all forms of abuse in and out of the home is a sin, and no amount of political rhetoric will make it otherwise. These are the white virtues and principles that good mothers teach – when they are in the home.
Read àThis is the purest white that can be found – and they paint with the artist hands of a mother.
Testimony àI pray that we all do the best we can to keep good mothers in our homes.
- In the words of President Marion G. Romney: Virtue is crucial. There is little or no spiritual progress when individuals, “try to serve the Lord without offending the devil”
- President David O. McKay said: “Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for good or ill in human life.” (Gospel Ideals, Salt Lake City: Improvement Era, 1953, p. 452.)
- Sheri Dew said: Every woman of God is a mother in Israel and our calling is to help love and help lead the rising generation through the dangerous streets of mortality. (or the dangerous black of the world)
Testimony àI thank my Mother for the teachings I received at her knee. And, I thank all my teachers in primary, in Sunday school in Scouting, in Mutual, for reinforcing what was taught in the home.
# 2. Now let me add the loyalty color BLUE àThe Family Proclamation states that Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. (See if this sounds like loyalty to you!)
- Read à Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; … yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me (Helaman) the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it. (Alma56:45-48)
- The 2,000 stripling warriors knew that God would deliver them, because their Mothers knew it.
- And, because their mother’s knew it, they stayed loyal to the testimony of their youth gained from their mothers.
- Q. Why are Mothers responsible for the nurturing of their children? Because they are better at it – because it comes built in.
- Give any 5 year old girl up to almost no limit of age – A doll for Christmas, then Sit back and watch the magic… What are they doing? (Practicing for Motherhood).
- Read àPresident Ezra Taft Benson spoke at an annual fireside that was telecast over the Church satellite network to more than one thousand meetinghouses throughout the United States and Canada in February of 1887. He said:
- Home and family are “at the very heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
- “Do not curtail the number of your children for personal, professional or selfish reasons,” he said. “Material possessions, social convenience, and so-called professional advantages are nothing compared to a righteous posterity.”
- Speaking of women who are unable to bear children, President Benson said: “To these lovely sisters, every prophet of God in every dispensation has promised that they will be blessed with children in the eternities and that posterity will not be denied them.”
- President Benson went on to give 10 suggestions to help mothers be effective and help their children be loyal to gospel principles – I will state only one, the 1st one he gave.
o He said – “Mothers, take time to always be at the crossroads when your children are coming or going—when they leave and return from school—when they leave and return from dates—when they bring friends home. Be there at the crossroads of your children’s lives whether your child is six or sixteen.”
My mother was always at my crossroads, I know, vividly, two of her favorite sayings.
- Whenever we left the home she would always say, without fail “Honor Bight”
- This was a tradition handed down from her mother – I didn’t think much of it at the time and even wished she wouldn’t say it in front of my friends. However, now at this time in my life I lament my foolishness, I should have given it more weight for it carried great meaning, (akin to return with honor). And, how I would love to hear her say it again, just one more time.
- à Another favorite saying was “This too will Pass”
- This saying, was mostly meant for hard times but she would remind me that good times also pass (like time on wings of lightning)
- This information has proven invaluable as hard times have surly come but I have always known there would be an end – because MY MOTHER told me so.
# 3. Now for the color courage or RED àI would like to talk to the primary children and thank them for singing today – it was beautiful. It took courage to come up and sing. It will take courage to do what your parents ask you to do if you are to be protected from the storm. I would like to read a poem to you. It is entitled “Which Loved Best?” by Joy Allison:
I love you, Mother,’ said little John;
Then, forgetting his work, his cap went on,
And he was off to the garden swing,
Leaving his mother the wood to bring.
“‘I love you, Mother,’ said rosy Nell;
‘I love you better than tongue can tell’;
Then she teased and pouted full half the day,
Till her mother rejoiced when she went to play.
“‘I love you, Mother,’ said little Fan;
‘Today I’ll help you all I can;
How glad I am that school doesn’t keep!’
So she rocked the baby till he fell asleep.
“Then, stepping softly, she took the broom,
And swept the floor, and dusted the room;
Busy and happy all day was she,
Helpful and cheerful as child could be.
“‘I love you, Mother,’” again they all said—
Three little children going to bed,’
How do you think that Mother guessed
Which of them really loved her best?
Every mother paints with more colors than RED, WHITE, and BLUE, however, in her artistic hands she mixes, with her God given talents, the unique colors that produce beauty, security and value to a righteous family and thus builds a safe haven for HER family unit, in the home, the neighborhood, the community and the world.
We need no more be exposed to just the ugly black background of the world, for righteous MOTHERS will paint with the full spectrum of gospel principles. They will cultivate, encourage, foster, cherish, develop, support, and nurture By Devine Design.
My Testimony: It’s a spur of the moment thing…