Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016 Mothers

To mothers out there I would like to speak to you today. Mothers are indescribable the things they do what they go through how much they love their children. I love mothers.  Jeffery R Holland said
        Prophesying of the Savior’s Atonement, Isaiah wrote, “He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.” A majestic latter-day vision emphasized that “[Jesus] came into the world … to bear the sins of the world.” Both ancient and modern scripture testify that “he redeemed them, and bore them, and carried them all the days of old.” A favorite hymn pleads with us to “hear your great Deliv’rer’s voice!”

Bear, borne, carry, deliver. These are powerful, heartening messianic words. They convey help and hope for safe movement from where we are to where we need to be--but cannot get without assistance. These words also connote burden, struggle, and fatigue--words most appropriate in describing the mission of Him who, at unspeakable cost, lifts us up when we have fallen, carries us forward when strength is gone, delivers us safely home when safety seems far beyond our reach. “My Father sent me,” He said, “that I might be lifted up upon the cross; … that as I have been lifted up … even so should men be lifted up … to … me.”

But can you hear in this language another arena of human endeavor in which we use words like bear and borne, carry and lift, labor and deliver? As Jesus said to John while in the very act of Atonement, so He says to us all, “Behold thy mother!” 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.

Now I would like to speak of my own mother Anne Walker. You know my life has been a life full of struggle it has been a life of testing trying and of success and accomplishment and fulfillment.

Now the reason I mention that at all is because without my mother my precious mom I would be nothing!!! I would have zero self confidence. Mom helped me out with homework she loved me enough to cook and clean and get me clothes she took the time to listen to me when I struggle and had a bad day she took the time to comfort me when I needed comfort she always has an open hand and a willing heart. My mom looks for opportunities to do service all the time. She is truly one of the most Christlike people I have ever met!!!! Mothers don't get down on yourselves you mean more to your children than your children express words cannot describe how much I love my mom I can say though that I would defend her anytime anywhere I love my mother!

In school my teachers were not the most supportive of me I talked all the time in class I did the assignments a different way than they wanted me to I was smart but they didn't want me to do it that way so they always gave me zeros on my homework. The only reason I am out here right now on my mission the only reason I was able to graduate is because my selfless devoted mother would stay up with me making sure I understood my homework she would be up all night anywhere from 11:00-1:30 watching me, helping me, and encouraging me, all throughout elementary school she did this she even did it in middle school. And she would go to sleep and wake up at 4:30 to go to the gym so she could be in good health. One thing I will always be grateful for is that she would stay up with me but never did my homework for me I always did my homework but if a problem was wrong she would say now I think one of those is incorrect and I would have the opportunity to use my Brain to figure out what one was wrong.

So mom I love you and to all mothers future mothers and grandmothers I say to you be of good cheer yours is one of the most important callings God has entrusted you with it is your duty to raise and nurture your child in righteousness. Mother's Day is coming up now I know that all of you that are not mothers are going to say "lets do all we can to make it so mom doesn't have to do as much if anything at all!" Now I ask you why would you only do that one day out of the year? You should always help out your mothers whenever wherever you are and how ever old you are. No matter if it is Mother's Day or not!!! Mother's Day is a day to remember and give thanks to mothers for all they have done it is a time to remind them that they do mean more than words can express and that they are so loved by us.

May we all love our mothers but more than loving them show them that you love them by doing all you can to help them. We won't be able to but we can try to give back to them what hey gave us. They have done so much that it would take a lifetime or more to come close to all they have done for us. Love y'all mothers out there.
Elder Walker

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