Prophets Teach About the Divinity of Motherhood

Because Mormons are Christians, we believe in the divine role of mothers in our lives, as taught in the Holy Bible and other scriptures.  We also believe there are prophets on the earth today, just as there were in olden times.  These prophets have each taught us how to cherish and honor mothers in our lives.  Here is a quote from each one of them teaching this principle:

Joseph Smith

“And blessed also, is my mother, for she is a mother in Israel, and shall be a partaker with my father in all his patriarchal blessings.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p 39)


Brigham Young

“Can you tell the amount of good that mothers and daughters in Israel are capable of doing?  No, it is impossible.  And the good they do will follow them to all eternity.”  (Discourses of Brigham Young p. 216)


John Taylor

“A mother feels great delight in beholding her child, and gazing on its lovely infant form. How would her bosom swell with ecstacy at the contemplation of that child being with her for ever! And if we only understood our position, this was the object for which we came into the world.”  (Government of God, p 35)


Wilford Woodruff

“I then bowed down before the Lord and prayed for the life of my companion, and I anointed her body with the oil in the name of the Lord. I laid my hands upon her, and in the name of Jesus Christ I rebuked the power of death and the destroyer, and commanded the same to depart from her, and the spirit of life to enter her body.  Her spirit returned to her body, and from that hour she was made whole; and we all felt to praise the name of God, and to trust in Him and to keep His commandments.” (Leaves From My Journal, p 66)


Lorenzo Snow

Before leaving on a mission for England, Lorenzo Snow felt to care for the wives of the missionaries already serving overseas.  At the home of Brigham Young, he found that they had very little means to care for themselves.  “Her apparent poverty-stricken, destitute condition deeply stirred my sympathy.  I had but little money – not sufficient to take me one-tenth the distance to my field of labor, with no prospect for obtaining the balance . . . I drew from my pocket a portion of my small pittance, and presented [it to] her.”  (Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow, p 47)


Joseph F. Smith

“[T]he love of a true mother comes nearer being like the love of God than any other kind of love.”   (Gospel Doctrine, p 314-315)


Heber J. Grant

“Without the wonderful work of the women I realize that the Church would have been a failure. The mother in the family far more than the father, is the one who instills in the hearts of the children, a testimony and a love for the gospel of Jesus Christ.”  (Gospel Standards, p 150)


George Albert Smith

“What a wonderful thing it is to live in the world in which the name of Mother is held in such high reverence. . . .”  (Sharing the Gospel With Others, p 139)


David O. McKay

“I suppose if there is any virtue at all in me, it is because of my wife, Anna Rae.”  – David O. McKay, upon receipt of the “Man of the Century” award at a banquet held in his honor, offered two sentences of thanks and then spoke for twenty minutes about his dear bride.


Joseph Fielding Smith

“Every true mother wants her child in eternity. Every devoted wife wants her husband and likewise every faithful husband wants his family. And why not? It is the natural instinct the Lord has placed in their hearts, and it should not be destroyed. Think of the orations that have been delivered, the poems that have been written, filled with this eternal hope!”  (The Restoration of All Things, p 248)


Harold B. Lee

“I pray that the blessings of the Lord will be upon you [my beloved sisters].  You have a greater power over the welfare of this Church than you have any idea.  How you will discharge your responsibility as mothers, will determine greatly how the Church will go.”  (In Conference Report, Mexico and Central America Area Conference 1972, p 91)


Spencer W. Kimball

“No greater recognition can come to you in this world than to be known as a woman of God.  No greater status can be conferred upon you than being a daughter of God who experiences true sisterhood, wifehood, and motherhood . . .”  (My Beloved Sisters, p 38)


Ezra Taft Benson

“We see you as a vital part of the mainstream body of the Church. We pray that the emphasis we naturally place on families will not make you feel less needed or less valuable to the Lord or to His Church. The sacred bonds of Church membership go far beyond marital status, age, or present circumstance. Your individual worth as a daughter [or son] of God transcends all.”  (Ensign, November 1988, 96.)


Howard W. Hunter

“I am confident that there are many great, unnoticed, and forgotten heroes among us. I am speaking of those who quietly and consistently do the things they ought to do. I am talking about those who are always there and always willing. I am referring to the uncommon valor of the mother who, hour after hour, day and night, stays with and cares for a sick child while her husband is at work or in school.” (That We Might Have Joy, p 107)


Gordon B. Hinckley

“Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more Luke 1:39–55, Mary visits her cousin Elisabethinspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue, with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth.” (Ensign, September 1988, p 11)


Thomas S. Monson

“May each of us treasure this truth; one cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one.” (“Behold Thy Mother”October 1983 General Conference)

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