Ann Romney, Twitter founder, others share online tributes to mothers (+videos)

Published: Friday, May 10 2013 3:00 p.m. MDT

Ann Romney discusses motherhood in a new Deseret Book video.


As Mother's Day rapidly approaches, readers can find a host of tributes and thoughts about the sanctity and importance of motherhood across the Internet.

Possibly one of the most shared and quoted posts comes from Rachel Jankovic, a Christian mother who posted her thoughts about motherhood in an article titled "Motherhood is a Calling." Since it was published in 2011, the post has been shared among many mothers who desire to tell others what Jankovic thinks motherhood is truly about.

"The truth is that years ago, before this generation of mothers was even born, our society decided where children rank in the list of important things. ... Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get," Jankovic wrote. "In fact, children rate below your desire to sit around and pick your toes, if that is what you want to do. Below everything. Children are the last thing you should ever spend your time doing."

Jankovic then went on to share her perspetive on motherhod.

"Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for."

Elder Neil L. Andersen, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed the same topic, and even quoted Jankovic, during his address in the October 2011 general conference.

In his talk "Children," Elder Andersen testified that a child is a great blessing, and he expressed his appreciation for mothers.

"We express deep gratitude for the enormous faith shown by husbands and wives (especially our wives) in their willingness to have children," Elder Andersen said. "Having young children is not easy. Many days are just difficult."

Mothers have been highlighted in Hilary Weeks' music video, along with several other messages which share the importance of a mother and the role that she plays in a child's life.

Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter, couldn't help but talk about the influence of his mom during an interview with "60 Minutes." Dorsey's mother, Marcia Dorsey, was one of the first 30 people to use Twitter after her son created it and describes herself online as the "Grandmother of Twitter."

"Jack Dorsey is very close to his mom," said Lara Logan of "60 Minutes." "You might not think this is a guy who the first thing he does when he gets up in the morning is to tweet his mom."

But according to Dorsey, that's exactly what he does. From waking up, to eating breakfast and every other mundane task, Dorsey says he is able to connect with his mom who lives across the country from him by tweeting.

"I am someone who tweets about what I have for breakfast, what I have for lunch, what I have for dinner," Dorsey said. "And for 99.99999 percent of the world, it's useless. It's meaningless. But for my mother, she loves it."

Many mothers are just as interested in everything their children do, which is what one little boy points out to his mother in a new video titled "Just Like Me." The youngster recalls moments that have happened in his short life and recognizes that his mom was always there with him.

"When I slept, was when you slept. When I woke up, you wanted to wake up, too. Is it because you want to copy me? ...Even when I have homework, you do homework. You aren't even in school, Mom."

After listing these memories, the little boy concludes that he really does like having his mom do everything just like him.

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