Ann Romney, Twitter founder, others share online tributes to mothers (+videos)
"Mom, I'm starting to think, you want to be just like me cause you always do things I do. But it's OK because I like it."
Also in preparation for Mother's Day, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has published last year's Mother's Day special, which aired during the half-hour production of "Music and the Spoken Word." The entire performance can be viewed online. Primary songs dedicated to mothers, such as "Mother, Tell Me the Story" and "I Often Go Walking," were performed by the Choir, while Lloyd D. Newell told a young mother's story after which he spoke directly to women who are raising children today.
"Dear mothers, close your eyes to the clutter. Forget for a moment the things you haven't been able to do, and know that you are loved, that your sacrifice is of great worth, and that you are more than good enough. God bless mothers everywhere."
A live Mother's Day program will also be performed this year on Sunday, May 12, in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Special guest and internationally acclaimed baritone Bryn Terfel will join the choir for that performance.
Just last month, Kendra Wright took to her blog, The things I love most, to discuss her feelings about motherhood after giving birth to her fifth child.
"Having a new baby hasn't been easy though," Wright explained in her post. "Before he came I could go work out when I wanted to at nights. I could go on a girls night without having to look at the clock. I could eat whatever I wanted and not worry that my baby was going to be fussy because I ate it. And I could sleep through the night.
"Now I am super tired, and at times I just wish I could get out of the house and do what I want to do. I know this time won't last long, and the thought of that makes me sad. Motherhood is what I signed up for, and I love every part of it, as hard or as tiring as it is. I feel so blessed to be a mom."
Ann Romney joined in on the motherhood discussion with a video published by Deseret Book, discussing one of her own realizations as a mother. With five boys, Romney admitted that she had imagined them participating in everything from sports to music. But it was one day when she was forcing her boys to practice the piano, that she recognized she was doing something wrong.
"Once we think we've got it figured out, we really don't," Romney says in the clip. "We have to be flexible as we're raising them, and we have to raise each child differently."
A series of videos discussing motherhood have also recently been published on the Mormon Channel titled "Bringing Up Children in Light and Truth." In the videos several prominent LDS female leaders are featured, including Elaine S. Dalton, the former president of the Young Women presidency; Linda K. Burton, general president of the Relief Society presidency; and Rosemary M. Wixom, president of the Primary presidency.
In the first segment, a young mother shares an experience she had with her 4-year-old son.
"I remember in a frustrated moment I told my 4-year-old, 'I don't know what else to do or to say to you,' and he said, 'We could sing 'I'm a child of God.'' And I thought, 'We could.' And that might remind me who you are."
Colleen Craig is a Christian mother who also contributes to the website Letters to My Sisters. In her latest post, "The Sanctity of Motherhood," Craig discusses with her friends about what motherhood means to her. Craig expressed several thoughts she has received from others on the topic.
"Motherhood is a broad subject. The first verse that popped into my mind was John 15:13: 'Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends,'" a friend told Craig. "We can’t accomplish this great task without divine help. Our weaknesses, selfishness, laziness, etc. is exposed under the daily necessity of keeping our kids alive."
Craig then responds: "Amen! ... So moms and future moms, love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor (children) as yourself."
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