Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mothers who know

We just returned from a family reunion for Thomas' side of the family. Thomas' sister and one of Thomas' brothers each have two children. It was so fun to spend time with our nieces and nephew! Since the children are all toddler-aged, when we were out in public it was necessary for everyone to help out and keep an eye on them. We remarked several times about what a relief it is that everyone is on the same page, so that if one of the aunts or uncles corrected a child, it was a safe bet that his/her parents would have done the same given the situation.

Watching my two sisters-in-law interact with their children made me think about one of my favorite General Conference talks ever, Mothers Who Know (by Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President, in the October 2007 General Conference). This quote serves well to introduce/sum up what Sister Beck taught:
The responsibility mothers have today has never required more vigilance. More than at any time in the history of the world, we need mothers who know....When mothers know who they are and who God is and have made covenants with Him, they will have great power and influence for good on their children.
- Julie B. Beck
My sisters-in-law are definitely "mothers who know." You can tell by being around their children or entering their homes. They are faithful and they are committed to "[rearing] their children in love and righteousness, to [providing] for their physical and spiritual needs, and to [teaching] them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live" (The Family: A Proclamation to the World).

I am impressed to see their daughters always dressed modestly. The children are familiar with some scripture stories, and all of them love to pray.  They all know they are loved and they are all being taught to serve one another. They like reading books. All of them are well-adjusted, happy, and confident; they are curious and very bright.

Thank you, Camille and Elizabeth, for your wonderful examples! You are both such great mothers -- and I'm so glad your children have great fathers, too.


  1. aw-thanks :) I must admit when I'm around family I'm a bit less vigilant in some areas and more in others :) but I do know that the effort it takes to be consistant with your children in the things that are most important (teaching gospel principles by example and word) is so worth it and I wouldn't have it any other way. I am so grateful my kids are still young as I learn too :) And I am more and more grateful over the years for how amazing my mother was in doing the things that matter most! I know you will be great mother too!

  2. Two scriptures I want to emulate in my home lately are D&C 109:8 (I admire you and Thomas having such a house of order! Scheduling is something I struggle with-it makes me feel confined, though in reality it creates freedom.... And D&C 121:41-43.