Mormon Monday: Mothers

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait ‘till tomorrow

For babies grow up,

We’ve learned to our sorrow.

So quiet down cobwebs.

Dust, go to sleep.

I’m rocking my baby,

And babies don’t keep.

(author unknown — unknown by me anyway)

Today I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes from past leaders of our church about mothers, motherhood and parenthood: 

She who can paint a masterpiece or write a book that influences millions deserves the admiration and the plaudits of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose influence will be felt through generations to come . . . deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God.

–David O. McKay

It is so obvious that the great good and the terrible evil in the world today are the sweet and bitter fruits of the rearing of yesterday’s children

–Gordon B. Hinckley

 The happiest people I know are those whose life-styles center around the home. Work is very important, and success in ones profession or business is also essential to happiness, but remember what we say so often: “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.”

–N. Eldon Tanner

I am satisfied that no other experiences of life draw us nearer to heaven than those that exist between happy parents and happy children.

–Gordon B. Hinckley

 Too much can’t be said or written about woman’s most important role as a mother. Napoleon is quoted as having asked Madame Campan: “What is wanting in order that the youth of France will be well educated?” “Good mothers,” was her reply. The Emperor was forcibly struck with this answer. “Here,” he said, “is a system in one word – mother.”

— Harold B. Lee

When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary, when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of life, nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out.

–Gordon B. Hinckley

 You rock a sobbing child without wondering if today’s world is passing you by, because you know you hold tomorrow tightly in your arms.

— Neal A. Maxwell

And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt hopes you took good care of your mother yesterday.

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