"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."

Mothers and Motherhood

mother and daughter

Relief Society Declaration
A brief statement of devotion and standards issued by the women of the LDS Church.

Sanctity of Womanhood
"Each of us absolutely must help each daughter of God we can to realize what sacred characteristics Father in Heaven has given her." Richard G. Scott

Your Greatest Challenge, Mother
"I know of no better answer to [the] foul practices that confront our young people than the teachings of a mother, given in love with an unmistakable warning." President Gordon B. Hinckley

To Mothers in Zion
President Ezra Taft Benson discusses the sacred calling of Motherhood and suggests ten specific ways our mothers may spend effective time with their children.

Role of Womanhood
An address by President N. Eldon Tanner, first counselor in the First Presidency, given at the October 1973 general conference of the Church.

Mother in Israel
"Every worthy woman who lives a virtuous life and who promotes righteousness in her family and in the Church and her family is entitled both to the designation "mother in Israel" and to the promises given to Sarah and other biblical mothers in Israel (see Abraham; Abrahamic Covenant; Israel; Sarah)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Because She is a Mother
In April 1997 General Conference, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gives prophetic counsel to the women of the church.

Women of the Church
In October 1996 General Conference, President Gordon B. Hinckley praises and encourages the women of the Church.

You and Your Essential Role Today
Mary Ellen Smoot talks about the important work women perform.

Womanhood: The Highest Place of Honor
President James E. Faust discusses the honorable calling of womanhood

Mother in Heaven
Latter-day Saints infer from authoritative sources of scripture and modern prophecy that there is a Heavenly Mother as well as a Heavenly Father.

President Ezra Taft Benson stated: "No more sacred word exists in secular or holy writ than that of mother" (Benson, p. 1). Latter-day Saints revere and respect motherhood, in part because of the mother's role in shaping the family unit and the individuals within it." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

The doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints converges in some areas with the ideals of feminism and diverges in others.

Baby Shower Ideas
Ideas for having a baby shower for a new mother

Role of Women in LDS Society
"The present role of women in LDS society is singular to the degree that it reflects the teachings and doctrines of the Church. Among the most fundamental of these is individual agency, or the right to choose. Consistent with this doctrine, a woman's role varies with her circumstances and the choices that she makes within the context of LDS belief; she may fill many roles simultaneously." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Why Can't Women Be Ordained to the Priesthood?
W. John Walsh and Jenny Scoville Walsh discuss this issue.

Our Sacred Duty to Honor Women
Elder Russell M. Nelson yeaches that motherhood is near to divinity.


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