There is only one perfect mother. And it’s not you.
You gave birth and you cried and you breathed. That very cycle of stress and beauty and pain continues after child-birth. But through all of that, you are not the perfect mother. You change diapers and you wipe tears, but you are not perfect.
She is. There is a Heavenly Mother who has been spoken of little, but her mystery only increases her grandeur.
The hymn, “O My Father”, penned by Eliza R. Snow says:
In the heav’ns are parents single?
No, the thought makes reason stare!
Truth is reason; truth eternal
Tells me I’ve a mother there.
Families are eternal and the central organization of eternity; as Latter-day Saints, we are taught and believe in the existence of both a Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother.
The official Gospel Topics essay on the subject, entitled Mother in Heaven, states, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that all human beings, male and female, are beloved spirit children of heavenly parents, a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother…The doctrine of a Heavenly Mother is a cherished and distinctive belief among Latter-day Saints.”
Though we may not fully comprehend the role and nature of our Heavenly Mother, what we do know of her depth and grace is something that should inspire all mothers.
Mother’s Day may remind you that you are not perfect. You mess up and sometimes your children see your mistakes. Motherhood is heart-wrenching and uplifting all at the same time. Every day you try to be the best for your children, and every day, you probably fall short of that goal.
You are not a perfect mother, but with grace, you can be. Because of our Heavenly Parents, we can use grace to make ourselves whole and complete. It can give you the strength to keep going and to work towards perfection.
Elder Jeffery R. Holland said, “No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child…Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are. In fact, you are saviors on Mount Zion, and like the Master you follow, your love ‘never faileth.'”
Lauren is studying Journalism at Brigham Young University and considers the East Coast home. She has a passion for writing, photography, skiing, hiking, and traveling. She enjoys studying German and is married to her best friend.