A Mother’s Heart

Today I am grateful for women with a mother’s heart. I am grateful for my mother, my step-mother, my mother-in-law and the many women I look to as great examples of the type of mother I hope to become. I look to their kind examples of selfless service, kindness and simple acts of love. I am so grateful to the women with a mother’s heart who have cared for me and our children with such love.

These women with mother hearts are strong in their commitments and are positive and happy. They keep their covenants and are unfailingly consistent. They speak truth and their words resonate with their children and the people around them.

These women know that “There is no greater nor more satisfying reward than that which comes from developing men.” A.A. Stambaugh.

They know that the great work to develop humanity comes in the daily shoe-tying, story-telling, spill-cleaning, homework-helping and meal-making. They know that by simple means great things come to pass.

A memorable talk described these life-giving women:

“Who can find a . . . woman [with a mother heart]? for her price is far above rubies. . . . She . . . worketh willingly with her hands. . . . With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. . . . She stretcheth out her hand to the poor. . . . Strength and honour are her clothing. . . . She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:10, 13, 16, 20, 25–27).

She educates herself and makes the world around her a better place to be using whatever talents she possesses. Most importantly, she cares deeply about the people around her and about their growth, development and welfare.

The last year has been time for me to take a step back and watch as others tend to our family and to me as well. How much I have learned about mothering from their service! As challenging as it has been to step back and let others take over, I will be forever changed as a mother because of their example. Their actions, driven by their giving hearts, have been those of pure love.

One mother in particular is on my mind today. My mentor and friend Sarah Bertagnole (who is the mother of six and also has myeloma) started her third bone marrow transplant last week. She is now back in Salt Lake City and is receiving an allogenic transplant (a transplant using donor stem cells). She is in the hospital for Mother’s Day and will be in treatment and away from her family for the next four months. Yesterday she said that she knows our children are being watched over and cared for even when we cannot be with them. She is a light and example to me of a caring mother who is adored by her family. She is a woman who is full of faith. We are praying daily for this darling and positive mother and I look forward to seeing her in June and doing what I can to help care for her.

For all women with a mother’s heart, Happy Mother’s Day. For all those in Mexico, enjoy a second Mother’s Day on Tuesday. Your two days of honor are well deserved.