Sunday, December 7, 2014

Great Motherhood Quotes and My Poem

This morning, while getting ready for ward choir and church, I listened to Elder Christofferson's General Conference Talk, The Moral Force of Women. Suddenly, I had a very strong desire to make a typographic design of my poem, Creation, Sustenance and Influence, so I did! And I'm very happy about it. :) (Well, I had to wait until tonight to create it.)

Here are two of Elder Christofferson's many paragraphs that spoke to my soul (emphasis added):
"Most sacred is a woman’s role in the creation of life. We know that our physical bodies have a divine origin and that we must experience both a physical birth and a spiritual rebirth to reach the highest realms in God’s celestial kingdom. Thus, women play an integral part (sometimes at the risk of their own lives) in God’s work and glory 'to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.'" 
"A pernicious philosophy that undermines women’s moral influence is the devaluation of marriage and of motherhood and homemaking as a career. Some view homemaking with outright contempt, arguing it demeans women and that the relentless demands of raising children are a form of exploitation. They ridicule what they call 'the mommy track' as a career. This is not fair or right. We do not diminish the value of what women or men achieve in any worthy endeavor or career—we all benefit from those achievements—but we still recognize there is not a higher good than motherhood and fatherhood in marriage. There is no superior career, and no amount of money, authority, or public acclaim can exceed the ultimate rewards of family. Whatever else a woman may accomplish, her moral influence is no more optimally employed than here." – D. Todd Christofferson, "The Moral Force of Women", Ensign, November, 2013.
I also absolutely love the following quote he referenced by Elder Maxwell—I included a little bit more than Elder Christofferson's original quote:
"When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses? When the surf of the centuries has made the great pyramids so much sand, the everlasting family will still be standing, because it is a celestial institution, formed outside telestial time. The women of God know this." – Neal A. Maxwell, "The Women of God", Ensign, April, 1978
Oh, yes, I love and deeply appreciate the wonderful words of those inspired men! I'm pretty sure the children of our world are much happier when their mothers choose to follow what Elders Christofferson and Maxwell have said. :)

Here's my poem...goodnight!

P.S. Sorry it's a little hard to read because of the smallish words. When I printed it out, it's a full-sized 8.5 x 11, so it's easy to read, but it doesn't quite show up the same way here on Enthusiastic Fantastic. Oh well... :)

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