Aloha Brothers and Sisters
Happy Mother's Day!
Today I am excited to talk about my favorite topic - ME! I love Mother's Day - any opportunity to celebrate ME is a good thing! And because we are lucky enough to be able to talk to you today, I get to talk about my favorite job:
Being the Mom. I realize this leaves some of you out, but today I would like you to look deep inside and find your inner mother. I know you have heard her voice before "put down that cookie" or "be nice" or "close the door"
As a mother I have many jobs - you know the regulars:
clean up on aisle 5
But there are also more exciting Mom jobs that have taken me by surprise:
Mom the actress - while shopping with all 4 of my children at the mall last week - Why did I think going to the mall with all the kids would be a fun thing? I was not having fun and I felt like curling up into a ball and pulling out all my hair, but instead I put on my charming smile and sailed through a few stores without losing or abusing any of my children. It was an Oscar winning performance.
Mom the fun stopper - the fun stops here
Mom the Drill Sergeant - the voice that can command the attention of children everywhere
The Momintator - ready to rid the world of all evil and rescue her children from danger, even when it means embarrassment for the mom. I'll Be Back.
And Teacher Extraordinaire:
“Mothers, you are your children’s best teacher. … Teach your children the gospel in your own home, at your own fireside. This is the most effective teaching that your children will ever receive. This is the Lord’s way of teaching. The Church cannot teach like you can. The school cannot. The day-care center cannot. But you can, and the Lord will sustain you. Your children will remember your teachings forever, and when they are old, they will not depart from them. They will call you blessed—their truly angel mother”
“Take time to always be at the crossroads when your children are either coming or going … whether your children are six or sixteen. …
“… Take time to be a real friend to your children. …
“… Take time to read to your children. …
“… Take time to pray with your children. …
“… Take time to have a meaningful weekly home evening. … Make this one of your great family traditions. …
“… Take time to be together at mealtimes as often as possible. …
“… Take time daily to read the scriptures together as a family. …
“… Take time to do things together as a family. …
“… Take time to teach your children. Catch the teaching moments. …
“… Take the time to truly love your children. A mother’s unqualified love approaches Christlike love” (President Benson, To the Mothers in Zion, 1987).
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Let every mother realize that she has no greater
blessing than the children who have come to her as a gift from the Almighty;
that she has no greater mission than to rear them in light and truth, in
understanding and love. …
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. (Gordon B. Hinckley)
Happy Mother's Day, Mom! You are the best!
ps - I tried to get the kids to say stuff like "My mom is an awesome mom!" and "My mom can beat up your mom!" and "My mom is the most beautiful and wonderful mother in the whole world!" I'll let you know if they pull through for me.