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In honor of Mother's Day and women everywhere, this is a list of quotes from people about their mothers. These quotes were taken from the book, "Life Lessons From Mothers of Faith," compiled by Gary W. Toyn and published by Covenant Communications.

Jane Clayson Johnson
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Jane Clayson Johnson is an Emmy-winning journalist and author who grew up in Sacramento, Calif. She wrote this about her mother, Jane Wright Stratford Clayson:

"My mother taught me that nothing is more important than what I do with my children right here and now. And although I sometimes feel the world is passing me by, I know from watching my mother's example and remembering how it made me feel that spending time with my children is always time well spent. Let the world pass me by if I can make my children feel as loved and valued as my mom has made me feel.

"My mother taught me that motherhood matters. It matters to my children. It matters to my family. And most importantly, it matters greatly to God."

Elder Richard G. Hinckley
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Elder Richard G. Hinckley served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy before becoming an emeritus General Authority in 2011. He had this to say about his mother, Majorie Pay Hinckley (seen left):

"She rarely exhibited what might be called a forceful or dominant personality, but behind those soft brown eyes, just beyond that good-natured humor, ever so slightly beneath the surface, was a layer of iron resoluteness born of a simple faith that God is in his heavens, that he knows us and our circumstances, and that by living the gospel, 'things will work out.' I think if she were still here, she might say, with a twinkle in her eye, 'And things will work out for you too. But often, it seems to take a very long time!'

"Thanks, Mom. You really were one of a kind."

Camille Fronk Olson
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Camille Fronk Olson is an associate professor of ancient scripture at BYU. She is the daughter of Roberta Harris Fronk.

"Identifying a single incident when my mother taught me an important lesson of faith or virtue has proved most difficult. Her lessons have been a seamless, consistent theme throughout my life by the way she has faced each day, regardless of what it presented. She is the one unifying thread in all my memories of growing up."

Gary Herbert
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Gary Herbert is Utah's 17th governor. He is the son of Carol Boley Herbert.

"Mother's faith is an inspiration to me. Remarkably, she told me that despite enduring many trials throughout her life, she was never sad. She believed wholeheartedly that life's challenges were temporary, and because the Lord wanted her to succeed, things would always get better. She is the most positive and hopeful person I know. Her faith was rock solid, and she inspires me to be faithful and remember that God will always be there to help me."

Sharlene W. Hawkes
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Sharlene Wells Hawkes was crowned Miss America in 1985. In the late 1980s she became one of the first women to work on-air for ESPN. She said this of her mother, Helen Wells:

"Her grace under pressure, her amazing ability to listen carefully to anyone talking with her, her careful words of wisdom — and looking glamorous all the while! — gave me the perfect role model as a little girl who wondered what I wanted to be when I grew up."

Jim Matheson
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Jim Matheson is the current U.S. Representative for Utah's 4th congressional district. His mother is Norma Matheson, is a former First Lady of Utah (wife of two-term Gov. Scott M. Matheson).

"My father died before I entered political life. Thankfully, my mother was and continues to be a strong supporter of my decision ... to serve in Congress. She is the one person I talk to every day about issues and the consequences of public policy decisions on Utahn's lives. Her deep and abiding love for this state and its citizens is the most lasting expression to J. Hazel Whitcomb's admonition to 'be a participant and give something back.'"

Doug Wright
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For more than two decades, Doug Wright's name has been synonymous with KSL radio in Salt Lake City. He is the son of Lois Wright.

"I'm truly impressed that with all the difficulties my mother faced, she provided an incredible childhood for me. She always looked for fun and expanding opportunities. On a very limited budget, she provided piano lessons, tickets to plays, swimming lessons and more. She was always ready for little excursions around the state.

"When I think of Albert Einstein's famous quote, 'Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile,' my mother immediately comes to mind."

Bryan Miller
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Bryan Miller has served on the board of trustees of Larry H. Miller Charities and is a currently a member of Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Advisory Board. His mother is Gail Miller (pictured left).

"My mom was definitely the stabilizing force in our family, keeping our family together even when outside forces and the unpredictable vicissitudes of life worked equally hard to pull us apart.

"I have seen a great deal of talented people in my day, whether it's in the board room or on the basketball floor. But my mother's talent is love, and no one can match her natural abilities for loving others. I wish there were a professional league where fans could appreciate her extraordinary talent, a place for all to see and appreciate as I have seen. She deserves a lot of credit. Surely, she would not only be a superstar, but she'd also be in the hall of fame."

Janette Rallison

Janette Rallison is an award-winning author of 17 novels that have sold more than 1 million copies. Her mother died of cancer when she was 6. Her father later married Kathryne Johnson, who she said "brought many good things to the family."

"There were no 'step' anyones in our family. She loved and worried about each of us with equal enthusiasm.

"It wasn't long until I dropped the name Kathryne and started calling her Mom.

"When I became a mother, there was no doubt in my mind that it would be the most vital and important job I would ever have because I knew firsthand what it was like not to have a mother. And I've never forgotten the difference having a mother makes. That has always been my mother's gift to me."

Jimmer Fredette
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Jimmer Fredette is a former all-american basketball player at BYU and currently plays for the Chicago Bulls. His mother is Kay Fredette.

"She constantly emphasized the importance of being kind, courteous, and aware of what other people are feeling.

"I am grateful to my mom for teaching me how to be more Christlike. I hope I can follow her example and live up to her high expectations. It's the least I can do to show how much I love and appreciate her.

Julie B. Beck
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Julie B. Beck has served on the LDS Church's Young Women general board, as first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, and as Relief Society general president. She is the daughter of Geraldine Hamblin Bangerter.

"As a young woman, my mother heard her seminary teacher say, 'Welcome the task that makes you go beyond yourself, and you will grow.' These words became an enlightening and motivating theme in her life.

"Although her accomplishments have been numerous and constant, no accomplishment has meant more to her posterity than being taught how to work hard, to approach life with optimism, to live with absolute faith, and to love people."

Peter Vidmar
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Peter Vidmar is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics and professional speaker. His mother is Doris Neely Vidmar.

"Of my mother's many admirable traits, none has impacted my life more than her consistency. Like a finely honed Swiss timepiece, my mom was unfailingly reliable.

"It's been said that half of life is just showing up. My mom didn't preach this lesson to me in words, but I learned it well by watching her example. To her, it's important to be where you are needed and do what is expected of you, and there are no excuses for doing otherwise."

Gary W. Toyn
Photo courtesy Gary Toyn

"I am eternally grateful for a mother whose cheerful, hopeful and endearing nature has made me the man I am today, for no other person has had a more positive influence on my life than my mom."

Toyn is an author, writer, editor, video producer and marketing consultant.

Rosemary M. Wixom
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Rosemary M. Wixom currently serves as the LDS Church's primary general president. Her mother is Mary Cannon Mix.

"The kitchen table was the spiritual center of my mother's home, and when our family surrounded it, we drew from our mother's faith. She did not preach to us. She simply lived her life so we could be taught. She did not demand our presence. Her warmth was an invitation. Her service to our family was not a burden — it was the air she breathed. She was and is not perfect. She is real!

"For years it was there, at the kitchen table, that I felt the love of the Savior through the life and the faith of my mother."

Kyle Whittingham
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Kyle Whittingham is the head coach of the University of Utah football team. He is the son of Nancy Livingston Whittingham.

"My mother is one of a kind. She's suffered through many trials, hardships and heartbreaks, yet because of her willingness to show kindness to others, she is one of the most Christlike people I know. She's my friend, my confidant and my lifelong cheerleader. And I'm grateful she's my mom."

Steve Young
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Steve Young is best known for his time with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. He was the MVP of the NFL in 1992 and 1994, as well as the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and now works as a commentator for ESPN. Young is the son of Sherry Ann Steed Young.

"I am the man I am today because I have a mother who taught me to laugh at myself, to patiently endure trials, and to know that happiness and joy come when we make personal, Christlike sacrifices on behalf of those we love."

J.W. "Bill" Marriott Jr.

J.W. "Bill" Marriott Jr. has been a part of Marriott International all his life. He is currently the executive chairman of the company. He is the son of Alice Marriott.

"Although she had a tremendous capacity to accomplish almost anything she wished, she was willing to remain behind the scenes throughout the growth and expansion of the family business. In the truest sense of the phrase, she was the quiet hero behind the Marriott's family success.

"My mother's lifetime of quiet and devoted service was matched only by her compassion, humility and uncanny common sense. I am blessed to have her voice of wisdom still ringing in my ears."

Silvia H. Allred
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Silvia H. Allred has been a member of the LDS Church's Relief Society general presidency. She is the daughter of Hilda Alvarenga de Henriquez.

"Courage and determination were hallmarks of my mother. ... How grateful I am to have been taught by such a virtuous, courageous and devoted woman as my mother. I couldn't have been more blessed."

Susan Easton Black
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Susan Easton Black is a professor of Church History and doctrine and a former associate dean of general education and honors at BYU.

"The legacy my mother left me is one of moving forward in each phase of life."

Josh Romney
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Josh Romney is the founder of Romney Ventures, a real estate investment and management company based in Salt Lake City. He has worked with his father's presidential campaign in a variety of roles. He is the son of Ann Romney (seen left).

"I am thankful for a mother who has taught me many important life lessons, but most of all, through her example and faith, she has taught me humility, patience, and the importance of family.

"Although my father (Mitt Romney) has many trusted advisors who are politically savvy and have many lifetimes' worth of knowledge about politics and business, he relies on my mother for her wisdom, love, and guidance. I am proud to say that all of us children feel the same way."

Clayton Christensen
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Clayton Christensen is a professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School. He is a bestselling author. Christensen is the son of Verda Mae Christensen.

"Some of the things about my mother for which I am most grateful are things that my mother did not do for me. ... By the time we reached adulthood, my siblings and I had learned that we should solve our own problems whenever possible, and that gave us the self-esteem we needed to solve remarkable things. And we have learned to love serving the Lord. There was no conflict between family and church service because in the family of Verda Mae and Robert Christensen, it was all the same."

Steevun Lemon
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Steevun Lemon is the managing director of Foundation Arts, a Christian Art Publisher. He is the son of artist Liz Lemon Swindle (pictured left).

"Of all the lessons my mother taught me, perhaps the one that has made the biggest difference has been her faith that after we have done all that we can do, God will make up the difference."

Steven Kapp Perry
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Steven Kapp Perry is an award-winning songwriter, playwright, and broadcaster. He is the son of Janice Kapp Perry (pictured left).

"If the traditional definition of 'Saint' is someone dedicated to the Lord who works miracles for others, in my mind, she qualifies. In any case, a Latter-day Saint she most definitely is. She is the patron saint of our childhood upbringing and young adulthood, and we all - those born into the family and those gathered along the way - are proud to sing, "We're so blessed to have St. Janice as our mother!"

Greg Olsen
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Greg Olsen is well-known LDS artist. Many of his paintings hang in LDS temples. Most of his paintings depict scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. He is the son of Janeal Olsen.

"My mother has been gone for several years now, but her influence on me continues to be extraordinary. I remember her as an absolutely spectacular mother! ... Often it was the things she did not do that were so amazing. ... She never managed to totally lose her patience or destroy someone's hope and passion. She never managed to make enemies or say hurtful things. She never managed to let a day go by without making me feel loved and special to her. And for me, that has been spectacular!"

Philip N. Hale
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Nathan and Ruth Hale (seen left) shared a passion for acting and theater. They started a family theater business that continues to thrive today. Philip Hale is the second son of Ruth and Nathan.

"At my mother's graveside, her family and friends did an odd thing. People living next to the cemetery must have wondered what was going on when they heard them give her a long and loud round of applause. Of course, she had much of that during her career as an actress and playwright; that day though, it was not just for that but also for her performance on the stage of life. Besides being talented, she was full of goodness and tireless energy. ... We were in awe of her enthusiasm. Even in her nineties, she still had projects - 'Let's put on a play here in the nursing home.'"