Mothers & Motherhood

LDS Quotes About Mothers & Motherhood

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”

Brigham Young

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“Being a father or a mother is not only a great challenge, it is a divine calling. It is an effort requiring consecration. President David O. McKay stated that being parents is “the greatest trust that has been given to human beings.”

James E. Faust  |  The Greatest Challenge in the World—Good Parenting

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

There are some lines attributed to Victor Hugo that read:

“She broke the bread into two fragments and gave them to her children, who ate with eagerness. ‘She hath kept none for herself,’ grumbled the sergeant.

“‘Because she is not hungry,’ said the soldier.

“‘No,’ said the sergeant, ‘Because she is a mother.'”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  "Broken Things to Mend"

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“You should express regularly to your wife and children your reverence and respect for her. Indeed, one of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

Howard W. Hunter  |  Being a Righteous Husband and Father

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“Under the plan of heaven, the husband and the wife walk side by side as companions, neither one ahead of the other, but a daughter of God and a son of God walking side by side. Let your families be families of love and peace and happiness.”

Gordon B. Hinckley  |  Ensign, Mar. 2001, 64.

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“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

Abraham Lincoln

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Spencer W. Kimball Portrait

“Fathers and mothers, your foremost responsibility is your family. By working together you can have the kind of home the Lord expects you to have. By showing love and consideration for one another and for your children, you can build a reservoir of spiritual strength that will never run dry.”

Spencer W. Kimball

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“For women, the important ingredients for happiness are to forge an identity, serve the Lord, get an education, develop your talents, serve your family, and if possible to have a family of your own. However, you cannot do all these things well at the same time. You cannot be a 100-percent wife, a 100-percent mother, a 100-percent Church worker, a 100-percent career person, and a 100-percent public-service person at the same time. How can all of these roles be coordinated? I suggest that you can have it sequentially. Sequentially is a big word meaning to do things one at a time at different times. I hope you acquire all of the knowledge you can. Become as skillful as you can, but not exclusively in new careers at the expense of the primary ones, or you may find that you have missed one of the great opportunities of your lives.”

James E. Faust  |  How Near to the Angels. April 1998 General Conference.

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“We urge you to do all in your power to allow your wife to remain in the home, caring for the children while you provide for the family the best you can.”

Howard W. Hunter  |  Ensign, November 1994, p. 51

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Spencer W. Kimball Portrait

“We have repeatedly affirmed the position of the Church in unalterably opposing all abortions, except in two rare instances: When conception is the result of forcible rape and when competent medical counsel indicates that a mother’s health would otherwise be seriously jeopardized.”

Spencer W. Kimball  |  “A Report and a Challenge,” Ensign, Nov. 1976, 6; see also “The Time to Labor Is Now,” Ensign, Nov. 1975, 6.

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