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The Best LDS Talks on Motherhood

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Are you looking for the best LDS talks on motherhood? We’re here to help! We’ve gathered this collection to help you study, write talks, and share powerful LDS quotes about mothers. Below, you’ll find an excerpt from each talk and a link to the full text.

Behold Thy Mother
Jeffrey R. Holland | October 2015

“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.”

In this talk, Elder Holland focuses on three different experiences that reflect the “majestic influence of mothers.” The first is a cautionary tale, where a friend who was drifting away from the Church expressed he could not stand the thought of facing his deceased mother. The second is about a mother who diligently loved her son as he struggled with same-sex attraction and labored him through his despair. The third tells of a mother who helped her daughter with a disability at a temple dedication. Finally, Elder Holland offers his thanks to mothers around the world.

Mothers Who Know
Julie B. Beck | October 2007

“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 reminds women what it means to be a mother who knows listing a number of attributes, including the principles of bearing children, honoring sacred covenants, nurturing others, doing less, teaching, and leading.

Are We Not All Mothers?
Sheri Dew | October 2001

“Motherhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly that. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us.”

This talk by Sheri Dew focuses on how motherhood is for all women, regardless if they have children or not. She discusses the divinity of motherhood and how every woman can become a mother in the world around her.

To the Women of the Church
Gordon B. Hinckley | October 2003

“Well, you dear women, I say thanks to you. Thank you for being the kind of people you are and doing the things you do. May the blessings of heaven rest upon you. May your prayers be answered and your hopes and dreams become realities.”

President Hinckley addressed all the women of the Church and thanked them for all the work they do in their families, congregations, and communities. He discussed the tendency of many women to feel like failures and shared ways to overcome it. He also addressed many different groups of women separately with distinct advice for their situation, including women with small children, older women, and women who never marry.

Daughters of God
M. Russell Ballard | April 2008

“After observing and empathizing with three generations of mothers and thinking of my own dear mother, I surely know that there is no role in life more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood.”

Elder Ballard mainly focused on young mothers in this talk from 2008. He emphasized there is no one perfect way to be a mother and that every situation is different. He also discussed the importance of placing motherhood first in our lives but not allowing the pressures of motherhood to sap us of joy. Elder Ballard lists three ways mothers can do that; first, is realizing joy comes in moments, second is to not overschedule children, and third, to find time to cultivate talents and interests.

Love Her Mother
Elaine S. Dalton | October 2011

“How can a father raise a happy, well-adjusted daughter in today’s increasingly toxic world? The answer has been taught by the Lord’s prophets. It is a simple answer, and it is true—’The most important thing a father can do for his [daughter] is to love [her] mother.'”

This talk by Elaine S. Dalton helps fathers understand the importance of loving and cherishing the women in their life. While it addresses questions about how to raise a girl, the talk also discusses the nobility of fatherhood, the influence fathers have on children, how to cherish your wife, and why virtue is so important.

“Because She Is a Mother”
Jeffrey R. Holland | April 1997

“Mothers, we acknowledge and esteem your faith in every footstep. Please know that it is worth it then, now, and forever.”

This is Elder Holland’s second appearance on this list of LDS talks on motherhood. This talk was named after a phrase from Victor Hugo who gave all her food to her children, not because she is not hungry, but “because she is a mother.” Elder Holland talks about the central role motherhood plays in the gospel of Jesus Christ and gives many principles of comfort and courage for mothers who may be struggling.

Mothers Teaching Children in the Home
L. Tom Perry | April 2010

“I believe it is by divine design that the role of motherhood emphasizes the nurturing and teaching of the next generation.”

Elder Perry uses personal stories and memories of his own mother to illustrate the importance of teaching the gospel inside the home. This talk teaches us how rearing up children in righteousness can help keep them safe in an increasingly wicked world and how what happens in the home can benefit communities and nations.

Your Greatest Challenge, Mother
Gordon B. Hinckley | October 2000

“I know of no better answer to [the] foul practices that confront our young people than the teachings of a mother, given in love with an unmistakable warning.”

President Hinckley directly addresses mothers in this talk, commending them for the wonderful thing they have done by becoming mothers, but offering insights on their greatest challenge: to be able to answer the question “How well have my children done?” with happiness. He invites mothers to “count the debits and credits in your role as a mother.” President Hinckley then goes through a number of important gospel teachings mothers should focus on.

Mothers and Daughters
M. Russell Ballard | April 2010

“Love your mother, my young sisters. Respect her. Listen to her. Trust her. She has your best interests at heart. She cares about your eternal safety and happiness. So be kind to her. Be patient with her imperfections, for she has them. We all do.”

The relationship between mothers and daughters is at the heart of this talk from Elder Ballard. He offers advice on how young women can look to faithful mother figures as a pattern to follow. He also shares ways a mother can become the “first line of defense against the wiles of the world.”

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