Our Mothers Knew It

Another great post by Ben.

On this mother’s day I am reflective of all that I have learned about mothers as an average Mormon. From a young age I remember learning the many counsels and stories given in the scriptures
regarding the importance of parents and especially mothers.

Upon returning from the Mount Sainai Moses related to the children of Israel to “Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” (Exodus 20:12). The Savior while hanging on the cross as a final act of salvation for mankind honored his mother with one of his last breaths saying “Behold thy mother” (John 19: 27).

Perhaps my favorite scripture story that taught me the honor of mothers comes from the Book of Mormon in the story of 2000 young warriors.  These young men had been called to defend what is right but had no experience or training in battle. But as the story is told they did not fear. They had been taught by their mothers that God would be with them. They said “We do not doubt our mothers knew it” (Alma 56:48).

There have been many times in my life that my mother knew what I could become. Throughout grade school I struggled and often wanted to give up. I was told in high school by teachers and advisors that because of my disability I should not attempt to go to college that I would not succeed. But my mother knew differently. She taught me that if I did not doubt that God would be with me. Today I am just one year away from completing my PhD.

I am grateful that as an average Mormon, I was taught to honor my mother and all women for their divine role in God’s plan. Today and everyday I hope that I can pay tribute to my mother and all of the wonderful women in my life by helping others and encouraging all to be better. 

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