I have learned that when the Lord asks mothers to accept and grow in our divinely appointed role by devoting our full time, energy, and talent, it is not simply because it helps past or future generations. He asks us to fill the place He designed for us because He knows it is the best way to prepare for our eternal destiny.If for any reason you're not sure what I mean when I say there are certain things out there that give us bad attitudes toward family, Julie Beck gives a good explanation:
Many of our youth are losing confidence in the institution of families. They’re placing more and more value on education and less and less importance on forming an eternal family. Many don’t see forming families as a faith-based work. For them, it’s a selection process much like shopping. . . . Parents are being portrayed as inept and out of touch. Antifamily media messages are everywhere. Youth are being desensitized about the need to form eternal families.
This was in Julie Beck's talk called, "Teaching the Doctrine of the Family". I was happy to see a modified and condensed version of her original talk in the Ensign this month! The longer talk is really great because she's able to explain principles in more detail.
I think sometimes we may be dissatisfied with our role because we don't understand it. When we pray to understand it (i.e. pray for a mother heart), we will be so much happier!
I just finished Pat Holland's A Quiet Heart. What an absolutely lovely book! I've heard of it a few places, including on the Holland's Conversation on Mormon Radio, but hadn't gotten around to buying and reading it.
Sister Holland wrote about how when she has a problem, she goes to our Father in Heaven in prayer -- for hours. She recognizes that to pray for hours is easily considered impossible. However, she goes on to explain:
. . . if it is a high priority and a fundamental goal in your life, you will find ways, early or late, to be with God. If the key to your car or your mortgage payment check or a child were lost, would you take time to find them? Wouldn't finding them provide that peace you needed to then go about your day? . . . .I can say, that I am finding more peace and happiness as I learn to understand my role as a mother, and it really does make life easier!
If you believed that your earthly father could could comfort any heartache, heal any illness, solve any problem, or just be with you through the crucibles of life, wouldn't you call to him constantly? I am just childish enough to believe that our Father in Heaven can bless us in all those ways. The price to be paid for this kind of communion is time and your best powers of concentration, but by that investment you may offset untold hours, days, weeks, and months of struggle or sorrow or pain (pages 7-8 )."