"You are Not Alone"
Finally, new moms need to know that they are not alone. Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson said, "The fact of the matter is, we really and truly need each other. Women naturally seek friendship, support, and companionship."
That friendship, support, and companionship is especially important to a new mom who suddenly finds herself cooped up at home and walking an unfamiliar path.
A visit, a phone call, a text, and especially a pair of helping hands to do the dishes or run a load of laundry are exactly what a new mom needs.
Avoid the dreaded phrase, "Let me know if you need anything," and offer a new mom specific help, such as, "I made you dinner. When is a good time to drop it off?" or "I have a few free hours on Friday. Can I come take care of the baby while you sleep?"
In addition, new moms need to know that no matter the time, day or night, they have a Heavenly Father who is walking with them and angels that are buoying them up.
In a message to mothers, Elder Holland said:
"Do the best you can through these years, but whatever else you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours and for which heaven itself sends angels to watch over you and your little ones. . . .
"You can’t possibly do this alone, but you do have help. The Master of Heaven and Earth is there to bless you—He who resolutely goes after the lost sheep, sweeps thoroughly to find the lost coin, waits everlastingly for the return of the prodigal son. Yours is the work of salvation, and therefore you will be magnified, compensated, made more than you are and better than you have ever been as you try to make honest effort, however feeble you may sometimes feel that to be."
Moms, you are in an eternal partnership with God in raising His children. He has chosen you, and He will not abandon you. Cherish every moment and remember, you are not alone.
Lead image from Deseret News
"In this great, eternal work, mothers have carried the torch of faith and family from the beginning. The need for that torch to burn brightly and dispel darkness has never been greater," writes Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In this thoughtful book for mothers, Elder and Sister Holland reflect on the crucial role of motherhood in fulfilling the purposes of eternity, as well as the challenges that all mothers experience. Filled with hope and encouragement, their message will resonate mothers in all of life’s stages. Concludes Elder Holland, "To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle, I say, 'God bless you. You are doing better than you think you are.'"