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Mothers: The Important Influence of Your Divine Role

By Mormon.org
Mother nurturing her two sons outside

Motherhood

Motherhood is an essential role to life here on earth. God gave this role to women. Fulfilling our roles here on earth is one way to bring joy and happiness into our lives. As we accomplish what we were sent here to do, we are filled with purpose.

For those who don’t have children, whether because of marital status or infertility, the role may seem impossible to fulfill. Regardless of whether you’re married or single, have birthed a child or not, because of our divine natures, all women have the gift and ability to nurture and be a “mother."

Eve was given the identity of “the mother of all living”—years, decades, perhaps centuries before she ever bore a child. It would appear that her motherhood preceded her maternity. … I believe mother is one of those very carefully chosen words, one of those rich words—with meaning after meaning after meaning. … I believe with all my heart that it is first and foremost a statement about our nature, not a headcount of our children.

Some women give birth and raise children but never “mother” them. Others, whom I love with all my heart, “mother” all their lives but have never given birth. And all of us are Eve’s daughters, whether we are married or single, maternal or barren. … And we can provide something of that divine pattern, that maternal prototype, for each other and for those who come after us. Whatever our circumstance, we can reach out, touch, hold, lift, and nurture.

Patricia T. Holland

All around us at work, at school, in our community, and in our churches there are opportunities for us to reach out to others with love and compassion. There are opportunities for us to be kind and to serve. Read the blog post “Love of a Mother” for ideas and short videos showing how women all over share the love of a mother with those around them.

This Mother’s Day we invite you to look for opportunities to share part of your divine nature with those around you. Help others feel the tender love of a mother’s influence through you.

Missionaries can teach you more about God’s plan for us here on earth and our individual roles. To request a visit from missionaries in your local area, click here.