Tips for living: ‘A Mother’s Perfect Hope’ is uplifting and inspirational

By Elizabeth Reid

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, May 7 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

In his 16-page booklet, “A Mother’s Perfect Hope,” (Cedar Fort, $2.99) author David J. Ridges explains some of the characteristics of exemplary mothers. Using scriptural and modern-day examples, Ridges shows that when mothers have a perfect hope, their mothering skills and capabilities increase dramatically. He also explains how mothers can attain that hope. Following are some of those concepts.

Weaknesses become strengths

Power comes when mothers turn their weaknesses to strengths. Ridges gives a poignant example of his own mother admitting to a mistake. While the change she made helped his family, he learned more from her humility in acknowledging the fault and openly correcting it.

Prioritize time

A mother’s time is precious and choices are made daily as to how she will use each hour. Ridges gives an example of his wife choosing to spend time with family instead of cleaning the house. He reminds mothers that while having a clean home is nice, spending meaningful time with loved ones is the better choice.

Desire for good

Ridges explains the need for mothers to desire goodness. Wanting to be good helps mothers work toward being good, thereby increasing their chances for success.

Belief in the Atonement

Having a belief and confidence in the Savior’s Atonement is necessary for mothers to obtain a perfect hope. Rather than be depressed about their failures, mothers will instead use the Atonement to learn from their mistakes and become stronger individuals.

Celestial material

He says mothers need to realize they have as much capacity for greatness as revered prophets in ancient scripture. By realizing their celestial potential, mothers will then recognize their ability for a perfect hope.

“A Mother’s Perfect Hope” has clean language and can uplift all women.

Ridges spent over 35 years teaching in the Church Educational System. He and his wife have six children and live in Springville.

Elizabeth Reid has bachelor's degrees in economics and history. She has worked in retail, medical billing, catering, education and business fields. Her favorite occupation is that of wife and mother. She blogs at gelatoandchocolate.blogspot.com.

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