Mothers

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By  LDS Living
April 21, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
We love the chance to celebrate women and mothers and remind them of their worth and importance. Over the last year of added responsibilities like home-schooling, working-from-home, and managing the family's mental health during a worldwide pandemic, they deserve some extra love! Here are some meaningful and beautiful gifts you can give to show the mothers in your life that you love them.
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March 11, 2021 01:52 PM MST
In this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, MeiLani and her family try to enjoy some time at the beach together while on a work trip. But when rain and snow periodically dampen their plans, they quickly realize that every moment of sunshine should be seized outside. During such a moment of fun in the sun, MeiLani gets a prompting to be near her two children who are paddle boarding in the water. As the weather quickly takes a turn for the worst, MeiLani is forced to watch helplessly as her children struggle to make it safely back to land—until she remembers two words that carried her family through a storm of a different kind.
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July 15, 2020 07:00 PM MDT
This story originally ran in the July/August 2020 issue of LDS Living.
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By  Emily Abel
May 29, 2020 04:56 PM MDT
Brian Faye has been a full-time film producer for the Church for the past seven years. His writing credits include "The Hope of God’s Light," several of the Book of Mormon videos, and "Suicide Prevention: Choose to Stay." His most recent video, however, published May 28, 2020, took a direction he wasn’t expecting.
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May 12, 2020 12:21 PM MDT
In celebration of Mother’s Day, Latter-day Saint golfer Tony Finau shared a tender animated video that captures the true essence of a mother’s love. Sharing a true story from his life, Finau honors his mother, Ravena Finau, for the sacrifices she made to help him achieve success.
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May 10, 2020 02:30 PM MDT
President Russell M. Nelson, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, President Bonnie H. Cordon, and Sister Michelle D. Craig share messages of gratitude, honor, and love for all women in commemoration of Mother’s Day on their social media accounts. The leaders highlight the many unique gifts, talents, and power that women bring to move families, communities, and the world for good. They also express their deep gratitude for all women throughout the world who take part in the many unique and diverse facets of motherhood, noting the challenges that often accompany the divine role.
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May 07, 2020 07:36 PM MDT
What does it mean that Eve was called the mother of all living before she had children—before, some suspect, she was even capable of having children? And what does this teach us about the divine role of motherhood?
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May 06, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Perhaps one of the most discouraging struggles women endure is that never-ending battle with our own bodies. A woman’s attitude toward her own body is fraught with misconceptions fueled by a world that celebrates an almost prepubescent female body as the ideal norm. Unfortunately for most of us, time moves on. We are no longer seventeen, a number of children have made their way through our birth canals, and gravity is exerting its inexorable pull. Whenever we look in the mirror, we are reminded of what we are not. Satan would have it just that way. He would have us think that because our bodies do not look a certain, supposedly desirable, way, they are not worth having at all. Thus, we enter into a war with our bodies, hating the very tabernacle our Father has given us, despising the flesh. If Satan can get us to fixate on our bodies, either in vanity or self-loathing, then he has caused us to misunderstand completely the role our bodies play in our salvation.
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May 04, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Last Valentine’s Day I was feeling blue.
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March 02, 2020 01:15 PM MST
Marie-Françoise Euvrard was born in Paris, France, and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1960. She is the mother of two wonderful boys whom she and her husband adopted from Nepal. Professionally, she is a piano teacher and translates hymns and songs for the Church. She and her husband, Christian, serve as directors of the visitors’ center adjacent to the temple in Rome, Italy.
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September 27, 2019 01:34 PM MDT
My husband and I recently had our carpets cleaned by a gentleman from Peru who moved to the United States when he was eighteen. After he finished cleaning the carpets, we engaged in what I thought was simple small talk. I asked him about his family, his background, and his transition to the United States. He told me that when he first moved to Utah, he really struggled. There were so many temptations in the United States that did not exist in Peru, he related. “If it were not for the teachings of my mom, I would never would have made it, physically or spiritually.” I asked what his mother did that made such an impact on his life. He responded with a story.
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August 14, 2019 09:07 AM MDT
I have a sweet 20-year-old son who has low-functioning autism. Two years ago, when many of the boys from our ward near his age were opening their mission calls, I remember attending one "letter opening" with mixed emotions.
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June 08, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
The following article was originally shared on LDS Living in June 2016.
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By  Emily Abel
May 14, 2019 02:04 PM MDT
Of course, a missionary mom’s heart would melt watching this video, but yours probably will too. Four Elders in the Australia Sydney Mission sent home a video of them lip-syncing a cover of “My Girl” from Anthem Lights, but with a special Mother’s Day twist.
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May 14, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
Like most evenings in the Netherlands, the wind swirled through the small attic room. Wooden beams creaked as the 9-year-old boy knelt and began to pray. Although he had prayed there many times before, this night was unlike other nights in the family home — just one floor beneath him, his mother was giving birth to his younger sister.
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May 11, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Most of the stepmothers I know didn't grow up thinking, "Hey, someday I'm going to be a stepmom. I can't wait." Nevertheless, I grew up to be the stepmother to three and my sister—brave sister that she is—grew up to marry a man who is the widowered father of six. And the reality is, my sister and I both have friends who grew up to be stepmothers as well. If you are a stepmother or know someone who is, here are a few suggestions for making the most of blended family life.
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May 10, 2019 01:29 PM MDT
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By  LDS Living
May 09, 2019 01:02 PM MDT
For Mother's Day, the Church has released an uplifting message for mothers everywhere. "You are loved, exactly the way you are," a new Church video states. "You are a child of God."
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May 09, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
At first, I didn’t really understand that she was slowly slipping away. My father had died suddenly just as he was turning 65. He had been the stabilizing influence in our family, and without him, I remember feeling as though I was trying to balance my life on a two-legged stool. In addition, after he died I became aware of how much he had encouraged and supported our mother. He was the one who calmed her when she was anxious or fearful.
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By  LDS Living
May 08, 2019 01:34 PM MDT
With Mother's Day approaching, GENTRI released a cover mashup of the songs "You Say" and "Wind Beneath My Wings," featuring Ryan Innes, Yahosh and O/B/A Bonner, and EJ Michels.
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May 08, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
When most people think of Mother’s Day, they think of cards and flowers and declarations of gratitude. But, for a large population of women, Mother’s Day can be a day of discouragement.
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May 06, 2019 04:38 PM MDT
When KaRyn saw a convert from her mission, Catherine, behind a wall of glass in an orange jumpsuit, she wept.
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April 10, 2019 04:45 PM MDT
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Wendy, along with Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Susan, will leave in mid-May on a ministry visit to seven destinations in the Pacific. The global faith leaders will leave Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 16, 2019, and return Saturday, May 25. They will minister to Latter-day Saints and friends of the Church during the nine-day trip, including missionaries and government and religious leaders.
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By  LDS Living
March 07, 2019 01:50 PM MST
TheDeseret News recent featured opera singer Celena Shafer—her career, her life of faith, and her role as a mother. In the article by Lottie Peterson Johnson, the Deseret News shared the moment when Lottie realized her most important upcoming role would be that of a mother.
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January 12, 2019 07:00 PM MST
On January 12, 2019, Church spokesman Irene Caso released the following statement:
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January 11, 2019 10:47 PM MST
This excerpt originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of LDS Living magazine.
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December 27, 2018 12:54 PM MST
A few years ago I was called to teach the CTR5 Primary class. At the beginning of class every Sunday I would give each child a few moments to share a piece of exciting news or an announcement. Inevitably, at least one of the five-year-olds in the class would announce they had just been to or were about to go to Disneyland—even though it usually wasn’t true. They also would often give detailed accounts of injuries and bodily functions. Best of all were the funny stories they would tell about their parents—the kind of stories I know parents would not want their children to tell.
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November 20, 2018 12:55 PM MST
On November 19, Elizabeth Smart announced the birth of her third child, a little girl named Olivia, on Instagram. In the post, she writes, "So happy to welcome Olivia to our family!"
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September 29, 2018 11:00 AM MDT
Growing up, I was never what you would call petite. I was usually taller than everyone, including the boys, and my early puberty helped to fill me out during the “awkward years.”
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August 27, 2018 08:56 AM MDT
I was a stay-at-home mom for seven years. Then I became a full-time working mom with an unemployed husband and two children at home (and I continue to work full-time now as a single mother). Having experienced motherhood from both sides, I understand the challenges each set of circumstances presents. Neither situation is easy, and insensitive comments can make things even harder. So, here it is: my personal list of seven things not to say to working moms.
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August 20, 2018 08:53 AM MDT
I was a stay-at-home mom for seven years. Then I became a full-time working mom with an unemployed husband and two children at home (and I continue to work full-time now as a single mother). Having experienced motherhood from both sides, I understand the challenges each set of circumstances presents. Neither situation is easy, and insensitive comments can make things even harder. So, here it is: my personal list of things not to say to stay-at-home moms.
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August 11, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
Most of us are well acquainted with the responsibilities of service. I am sure many of you have baked cookies until your spatulas melted or baby-sat your neighbor's children until your brains sputtered. Occasionally when I am in such situations I fear my fatigue will slip into resentment, and then I wonder if being stretched so thin may not only prevent my developing new charity but actually diminish the supply I thought I had. I have learned, however, that though we may not have a completely willing heart every time we serve, such service molds our heart, blesses us, and does enlarge our capacity to give. We must remember, too, during periods of our lives in which we feel that all we can do is keep our own immediate circle of families or friends afloat, that emotional and spiritual service to others can sometimes be as important as physical acts.
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June 28, 2018 05:00 PM MDT
Often we hear parents say, “If our family can just make it through this sports season, or this big project, or this school year, then we’ll be able to start spending more time together. We’ll be able to start living again.” Chances are, you’ve felt this way yourself. Like it or not, all too many families today are feeling increasingly overcommitted and underconnected.
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June 26, 2018 04:17 PM MDT
On June 25, Elizabeth Smart announced on Instagram that she is expecting her third baby in November.
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June 06, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
From the day my first child was born I loved and treasured being a mother. I felt great joy in nurturing, teaching, and loving God’s precious children, and I was grateful to be able to stay at home to care for my children.
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May 23, 2018 03:36 PM MDT
“The men from the other countries were (whispering), ‘Oh, look at this woman,’” Julia Carlson smiled. “They couldn’t believe there was a female Marine that was coming up to get this award.”
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May 14, 2018 06:04 PM MDT
“One thing that I feel very, very strongly about, (is that) families are very, very important,” Mayor Robin Laubaugh said after being named the 2018 Ohio Mother of the Year.
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By  LDS Living
May 11, 2018 05:42 PM MDT
When Carol Decker went to the emergency room at 33 weeks pregnant with flu-like symptoms, she had no idea it would be the last day she would ever see her family again.
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May 11, 2018 05:31 PM MDT
As a middle-aged woman with no kids, I have been by turns annoyed, amused, angry, breathless, and resigned on Mother’s Day. There have been Mother’s Days when I couldn’t bear to have everyone gauging my expression, so I skipped church. There are others when I’ve stood as requested—for “we are all mothers in Zion”—to receive a potted begonia or a chocolate bar. “No,” I would think to myself. “We are not ALL mothers. Pretending we are doesn’t help.”
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May 10, 2018 03:58 PM MDT
For Mother’s Day people struggle to find the perfect gift for their mothers. They give their mothers jewelry, flowers, clothes, homemade gifts, fine food, and service. But, the humblest drawing means just as much as the finest jewelry. Why? Because each gift shows Mother a grateful heart.
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By  LDS Living
May 10, 2018 01:09 PM MDT
No doubt, every parent has been there. We love our kids more than anything, but nothing can make us quite as crazy as our kids. LDS mom Cheri Magill captured these emotions in a hilarious and heartwarming music video, "Crazy." Check it out:
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By  LDS Living
May 09, 2018 08:39 PM MDT
Leading up to Mother's Day, the Church released a powerful video showing the role mothers, aunts, sisters, and women play in the lives of those they love. A message on lds.org states, "If you ever feel like you’re not enough, remember that to some you are everything. Women are creators of heaven on earth, partners with God in His work."
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May 07, 2018 02:54 PM MDT
He looked up and whispered, "Do you know where my Mommy is . . . ?" My mama-heart wrenched inside of my chest as I said, "Yeah, buddy. . . She's in heaven." We sat in silence for a moment. "Do you know who she's with?" I whispered.
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May 05, 2018 08:00 AM MDT
A mother truly is a many splendored thing. She is a nurse, counselor, cook, maid, chauffeur, comedian, magician, accountant, guard, preacher, teacher, and dispenser of all that is good. She loves unconditionally, understands her children, teaches correct principles, sacrifices selflessly, and works unceasingly. Yes, mothers are honored, revered, and made to be saints—perfect even. But are moms perfect? Is that what is expected of us, needed from us? Will we fail in our role if we are anything less? These are questions many mothers, myself included, have struggled with.
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By  LDS Living
May 03, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
With Mother's Day just around the corner, we have compiled eight pieces of art work that are sure to speak volumes about the women in your life. Whether it be on the wall or displayed proudly on a bookshelf, remind mothers, sisters, wives, and grandmothers of the divine role they play as mothers.
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April 11, 2018 01:28 PM MDT
The Mormon Women Project recently published a podcast with Julie Bradshaw Grygla. Julie didn't always want to be a mother, but now she has six kids all under the age of five. When Julie's triplet boys were just five months old, she found out she was pregnant with twins. Just four months after her twins were born, God told her she'd be having one more. Julie shares what it's like, how she got here, and how she relies on God and the Spirit to get through this crazy adventure. You can listen to the podcast here or read the whole story here. We've included a sneak peek below.
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By  Sara Baird
April 06, 2018 07:58 PM MDT
An LDS family has been gaining national attention for their five newest family members.
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April 04, 2018 09:34 AM MDT
As one preparing to be a mom and as a friend and family member to many new moms, I'm currently standing right in the wind channel of parenting advice. Everyone I meet is eager to tell me just what being a mom entails, and I've come to the realization that no matter how much I read, ask, or prepare, I will never know what its like to be a new mom until I'm actually there.
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March 21, 2018 08:13 PM MDT
Thanks to Good 4 Utah for making us aware of this story.
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By  LDS Living
March 16, 2018 01:48 PM MDT
In a recent Facebook post, President Dallin H. Oaks answered a question he was recently asked and that is constantly on the minds of many women as they try to follow prophetic counsel and live a fulfilling, balanced life.
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March 15, 2018 02:06 PM MDT
After logging over 1,000 miles running with their family's double stroller, Ashlee Eskelsen just upgraded to a triple stroller, and she's already breaking records.
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March 08, 2018 04:12 PM MST
A group of LDS moms recently decided to work out the age-old question: which is better, a minivan or SUV? And they resolved the debate in a unique way—through a dance battle.
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February 27, 2018 03:59 PM MST
In a very real story of shock, faith, and changed hearts, LDS mom Cydney Barno tells about her experience giving birth to a daughter with Down syndrome.
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February 23, 2018 01:44 PM MST
"I wish I could go back and tell myself during those first few discouraging days of motherhood, when I thought, This is it?, that Yes, this is it. This and this and this and this and this . . . I wish I could have told myself that it would be everything and more," Rindi Jacobsen writes. "Just hang in there. Keep trying. Keep going. It’ll be better in two weeks."
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January 25, 2018 03:47 PM MST
Thanks to Good 4 Utah for making us aware of this story.
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January 22, 2018 08:22 PM MST
After taking home the silver medal in skeleton at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Noelle Pikus-Pace retired. But with the 2018 Winter Olympics approaching, Pikus-Pace shares why she wouldn't trade her role as a mother to four for anything in the world.
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December 12, 2017 01:08 PM MST
"They would ask me a lot, ‘Why are you being so positive?’ ‘What makes you so happy?’ and it was cool to just be able to say, ‘I definitely am the person I am and the happiness I have is because of my belief in God and the redeeming power of the Atonement,'" LDS mom Bryan McKinnon says about her experience on the Great American Baking Show.
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December 08, 2017 10:00 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Neill Marriott’s book Seek This Jesus. Neill Marriott converted to the Church at age 22, married in the Salt Lake Temple a year later, and had 11 children. She also served as second counselor in the General Primary Presidency for the Church.
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December 05, 2017 05:42 PM MST
Christmas is now less than three weeks away. That means there are only 19 (or 20 if you really want to push the last-minute limit) days to finalize all shopping, gift wrapping, decorating, caroling, baking, cleaning, and a million other plans and to-dos on your list this December.
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