Quotes on Mothers

All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother. — Abraham Lincoln

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. — Tenneva Jordan

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. — Mildred B. Vermont

The phrase “working mother” is redundant. — Jane Sellman

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. — Rajneesh

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. — Abraham Lincoln

If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been. — Robert Brault

You sisters are the real builders of the nation wherever you live, for you have created homes of strength and peace and security.  These become the very sinew of any nation. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Women of the Church,” Ensign, November 1996, p. 67

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. — Honoré de Balzac

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. — Sophia Loren

Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside. — Rachel Wolchin

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. — Meryl Streep

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease. — Lisa Alther

The First Presidency has said:  “Motherhood is near to divinity.  It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind” (in James R. Clarke, comp., Messages of the First Presidency, 6:178).  The priesthood cannot work out its destiny, nor can God’s purposes be fulfilled, without our helpmates.  Mothers perform a labor the priesthood cannot do.  For this gift of life, the priesthood should have love unbounded for the mothers of their children. — President Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, November 1994, p. 50

Let every mother realize that she has no greater blessing than the children which have come to her as a gift from the Almighty; that she has no greater mission than to rear them in light and truth, and understanding and love; that she will have no greater happiness than to see them grow into young men and women who respect principles of virtue, who walk free from the stain of immorality and from the shame of delinquency. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, November 1993, p. 60

One of the great tragedies of our day is the confusion in the minds of some which would cause mothers to go to work in the marketplace.  Satan, that master of deceit, would have us believe that when we have problems with our children, the answer may be a nicer home in a finer neighborhood, that they might have their own bedroom, or better quality clothes, and maybe their own car.  Satan would have us believe that money or the things money can buy are more important in the home than mother.

Now there are some mothers with school-age children who are the breadwinners of their family and they must work; they are the exception.  Fathers and mothers, before you decide you need a second income and that mother must go to work out of the home, may I plead with you: first go to the Lord in prayer and receive his divine approbation.  Be sure he says yes.  Mothers with children and teenagers at home, before you go out of your homes to work, please count the cost as carefully as you count the profit.  Earning a few dollars more for luxuries cloaked in the masquerade of necessity – or a so-called opportunity for self-development of talents in the business world, a chance to get away from the mundane responsibilities of the home – these are all satanic substitutes for clear thinking.  They are counterfeit thoughts that subvert the responsibilities of motherhood.”  — Bishop H. Burke Peterson, Ensign, May 1974, p. 32

If you mothers will live your religion, [and] in the love and fear of God teach your children constantly and thoroughly in the way of life and salvation, training them up in the way they should go, when they are old they will not depart from it.  I promise you this.  It is as true as the shining sun, it is an eternal truth. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 1:77

With perfect trust in God, she walks, her hand in his, into the valley of the shadow of death that you and I might come forth unto life. — Elder Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, January 1974, p. 29

Surely we need not look far to see the sometimes unnoticed heros of daily life.  I speak of those you know and those I know 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 mothers. — President Howard W. Hunter

I remind mothers everywhere of the sanctity of your calling.  No other can adequately take your place.  No responsibility is greater, no obligation more binding than that you rear in love and peace and integrity those whom you have brought into the world. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, November 1993, p. 60

A mother’s role is God-ordained.  Mothers are to conceive, bear, nourish, love, and train.  They are to be helpmates and are to counsel with their husbands. — President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, August 1993, p. 2

I affirm my profound belief that God’s greatest creation is womanhood.  I also believe that there is no greater good in all the world than motherhood.  The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation. — Elder James E. Faust, Ensign, May 1993, p. 35

President Benson has taught that a mother with children should be in the home.  He also said, “We realize . . . that some of our choice sisters are widowed and divorced and that others find themselves in unusual circumstances where, out of necessity, they are required to work for a period of time.  But these instances are the exception, not the rule.”  (Ezra Taft Benson, To the Mothers of Zion, pamphlet, 1987, pp. 5-6)  You in these unusual circumstances qualify for additional inspiration and strength from the Lord.  Those who leave the home for lesser reasons will not. — Elder Richard G. Scott, Ensign, May 1993, p. 34

To every son and daughter in the church we would say:   You need no suggestions on how to make your mother happy on Mother’s Day as on every day in the year.  If you order a white carnation to be given her, she will be pleased; if you tell her in a letter of your appreciation and love, she will shed tears of happiness; but if you keep the spotless character and purity of soul she has given you and give assurance thereof, she will thank God for her child and rejoice as the most blessed of mothers. — President David O. McKay

Eve was called the “mother of all living” years, decades, maybe even centuries before she had children, said Patricia Holland.  Her motherhood preceded her maternity.  Motherhood has a lot of meanings.  “It is a statement about our nature, not a head count of our children.”  Eve sought redemption of God’s children rather than avoiding the bitter cup.  She opened the way for the birth and re-birth of the whole human family. — Ann and Truman G. Madsen, BYU Women’s Conference, April 30, 1998

Motherhood is near to divinity.  It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.  It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels. . . . The true spirit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives to woman the highest place of honor in human life.  (Statement by The First Presidency, 1935) — Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Our Sacred Duty to Honor Women,” Ensign, May 1999, pp. 38, 40

It is mothers who set the tone of the home.  It is mothers who most directly affect the lives of their children.  It is mothers who teach infants to pray, who read to them choice and beautiful literature from the scriptures and other sources.  It is mothers who nurture them and bring them up in the ways of the Lord.  Their influence is paramount.

President Heber J. Grant went so far as to say, “Without the devotion and absolute testimony of the living God in the hearts of our mothers this Church would die.” (Heber J. Grant, Gospel Standards, comp. G. Homer Durham (1941), 151) President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Standing Strong and Immovable,” Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting, January 10, 2004

Never underestimate your power or take for granted the work you do in the home. Mothers are engaged in strengthening the family “one smile, one hug, one ball game, one child at a time.” — Mervlyn Keapo Kitashima, Nat’l. Mother of the Year, “Standing Strong, as families stand together,” Church News, September 20, 2003, p. 10

Mothers, we acknowledge and esteem your faith in every footstep.  Please know that it is worth it then, now, and forever.  And if, for whatever reason, you are making this courageous effort alone, without your husband at your side, then our prayers will be all the greater for you, and our determination to lend a helping hand even more resolute.

One young mother wrote to me recently that her anxiety tended to come on three fronts.  One was that whenever she heard talks on LDS motherhood, she worried because she felt she didn’t measure up or somehow wasn’t going to be equal to the task.  Secondly, she felt like the world expected her to teach her children reading, writing, interior design, Latin, calculus, and the Internet –  all before the baby said something terribly ordinary, like “goo goo.”  Thirdly, she often felt people were sometimes patronizing, almost always without meaning to be, because the advice she got or even the compliments she received seemed to reflect nothing of the mental investment, the spiritual and emotional exertion, the long-night, long-day, stretched-to-the-limit demands that sometimes are required in trying to be and wanting to be the mother God hopes she will be.

But one thing, she said, keeps her going:  “Through the thick and the thin of this, and through the occasional tears of it all, I know deep down inside I am doing God’s work.  I know that in my motherhood I am in an eternal partnership with Him.  I am deeply moved that God finds His ultimate purpose and meaning in being a parent, even if some of His children make Him weep.” — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Because She Is a Mother,” Ensign, May 1997, p. 36

Never forget that Satan stands at the very elbow of each of your sons and daughters, he awaits outside the threshold of every home, every minute of the day, waiting for, seeking for the slightest weakness in the armor of righteousness with which you have clad your loved ones, with which you have surrounded your home; so that against that weakness he may bring to bear every vile, every stratagem, every base feeling and appeal — and he has every evil at his command . . . .

Mothers in Israel, in that home which it is in your power and which it is your duty to build, that home of bodily well-being, that home of love, and prayer and precept and example, of harmony, of seemliness and respect, and education and culture, bring into that home such an understanding and reverence for chastity as shall preserve your children. — President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Relief Society Magazine, December 1952, p. 794

It is the mother who inculcates in the lives of children a nobility of soul that leads them instinctively to love the beautiful, the genuine, the virtuous, and, as instinctively, to turn from the ugly, the spurious, and the vile.  Home is the center from which woman rules the world.  It is there she teaches her child self-restraint, develops in him the confidence and strength that spring from self-control.  It is there the child learns respect for the rights of others.  It is in a well-directed home that men and women first develop a consciousness that true happiness lies in conforming one’s life to the laws of nature and to the rules of social conduct. . . .

Yes, the woman wields a mighty influence!  Let that influence be felt even more potently throughout the Church and our communities in the protection of our homes from the impurities that are now sweeping the nation.  The Lord bless every mother, every woman, that she may be wise and strong in teaching our boys and girls in maintaining ethical standards and in being exemplary examples to young people in all the world! — President David O. McKay, Instructor, May 1966, pp. 162-63

Mother’s intuition, with which most of you are familiar, is a form of divine guidance in its purest and simplest form. — Unknown speaker, 1966 General Conference, Improvement Era, December 1966, p. 1144

Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them.  Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth. — Marjorie Hinckley, wife of President Gordon B. Hinckley

President David O. McKay declared: “Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for good or ill in human life.  The mother’s image is the first that stamps itself on the unwritten page of the young child’s mind.  It is her caress that first awakens a sense of security, her kiss, the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world.” (Gospel Ideals, p. 452)

President McKay continues: “Motherhood consists of three principal attributes or qualities: namely, (1) the power to bear, (2) the ability to rear, (3) the gift to love. . . This ability and willingness properly to rear children, the gift to love, and eagerness, yes, longing to express it in soul development, make motherhood the noblest office or calling in the world.  She who can paint a masterpiece or write a book that will influence millions deserves the admiration and the plaudits of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters, whose influence will be felt through generations to come, . . . deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God.” (Gospel Ideals, pp. 453-54.) — President Ezra Taft Benson, “To the Mothers in Zion,” Fireside for Parents, February 22, 1987 Ensign, May 2010, p. 99

We shall prosper and build up Zion upon the earth; for this is our mission, and the work of your mothers and daughters of Zion – the mothers now, and by and by the daughters, who will, in turn, be mothers in Israel.  Great responsibility rests upon you.  Upon you depend the training and the direction of the thoughts and the inspiration of the hearts of your children, for they drink into the spirit of their mothers, and the influence of the mother over the children is the most enduring impression that can be made.  There is nothing so imperishable as the influence of the mother; that is when she is good and has the spirit of the Gospel in her heart, and she has brought up her children in the way they should go. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith [1998], p. 33

Develop family traditions.  Some of the greatest strengths of families can be found in their own traditions, which may consist of many things: making special occasions of the blessings of children, baptisms, ordinations to the priesthood, birthdays, fishing trips, skits on Christmas Eve, family home evening, and so forth.  The traditions of each family are unique and are provided in large measure by the mother’s imprint. — Elder James E. Faust, “Enriching Family Life,” Ensign, May 1983, p. 41

To you wives and mothers who work to maintain stable homes where there is an environment of love and respect and appreciation I say, the Lord bless you.  Regardless of your circumstances, walk with faith.  Rear your children in light and truth.  Teach them to pray while they are young.  Read to them from the scriptures even though they may not understand all that you read.  Teach them to pay their tithes and offerings on the first money they ever receive.  Let this practice become a habit in their lives.  Teach your sons to honor womanhood.  Teach your daughters to walk in virtue.  Accept responsibility in the Church, and trust in the Lord to make you equal to any call you may receive.  Your example will set a pattern for your children.  Reach out in love to those in distress and need. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Stand Strong against the Wiles of the World,” Ensign, November 1995, p. 99

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. — Unknown

The noblest calling in the world is that of mother.  True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions . . . . She who rears successfully a family of sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. — President David O. McKay, Secrets of a Happy Life, pp. 2-4

Our children should not be neglected; they should receive a proper education in both spiritual and temporal things.  That is the best legacy any parents can leave to their children. We should teach them to pray, and instil into their minds while young every correct principle. . . .

Show me a mother who prays, who has passed through the trials of life by prayer, who has trusted in the Lord God of Israel in her trials and difficulties, and her children will follow in the same path.  These things will not forsake them when they come to act in the kingdom of God. The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, pp. 267-68

The Lord said, “My sheep hear my voice” (John 10:27).  Likewise, your children respond to your voice.  No one can effectively take your place as father and mother.  The story is told of “the six-year-old who got lost from his mother in a large supermarket [and] began to call frantically, ‘Martha, Martha.’  When the mother was found and they were reunited, she said, ‘Honey, you should not call me Martha; I am “Mother” to you,’ to which the little fellow rejoined, ‘Yes, I know, but the store was full of mothers and I wanted mine’” (Spencer W. Kimball, Faith Precedes the Miracle [1972], 117). — Elder Ben B. Banks, Ensign, November 1999, pp. 10–11