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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Sister Patricia T. Holland arrive for the Kansas City Missouri Temple dedication in May 2012.

TO MOTHERS: Carrying the Torch of Faith and Family,by Jeffrey R. Holland and Patricia T. Holland, Deseret Book, $15.99, 90 pages (nf)

Mothers matter. Women matter. That is the message carried to readers in the new book “To Mothers: Carrying the Torch of Faith and Family” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and his wife, Sister Patricia T. Holland.

This work uses scriptural references, words of prophets and personal stories to engage readers in thoughtful understanding of the influential role that women play in the lives of those around them.

“We, as women, have too often thought we are ‘little’ people with little influence,” Sister Holland writes, “but the Lord keeps pleading with us not to think that way, not when we are his divine daughters on his errand.”

The tone of the book is encouraging and powerful, highlighting the sometimes difficult, lonely and unappreciated path that women walk.

Sharing counsel with women and mothers, Elder Jeffrey Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints focuses his words on the importance of righteous living not only for oneself, but also for generations of family yet to come. His thoughts, paired with those of his wife, create an inviting message encouraging readers to be their best but also to believe that they are of value.

“Make a resolve today,” Elder Holland writes, “that this is ‘your time’ to be good to yourself. It will surprise you how much that helps you be good to all the others whom you want so much to bless in your life.”

Although the book is small, it contains touching counsel and compelling examples of the importance of women and mothers in this world.

Chapters alternate between the two authors, allowing each to share his or her view of womanhood, and a candid back-and-forth discussion folded into the center of the work also lends a team mindset to the couple’s important message.

Focusing on not only the earthly but also the eternal impact of motherhood, "To Mothers" opens a commanding view meant to encourage and inspire readers to be their best and to be grateful for their opportunity to touch lives for good.

Melissa DeMoux is a stay-at-home mother of six children and lives in West Valley City. Her email is mddemoux@gmail.com, and she blogs about her adventures in motherhood at demouxfamily.blogspot.com.