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We wanted to help the girls understand how important motherhood is and the ways they can be preparing for it right now. So we put together this program and used it for our Young Women in Excellence night.  Julie B. Beck said:

"Oh, that every girl and women would have a testimony of her potential for eternal motherhood…Female roles did not begin on earth, and they do not end here. Where her treasure is, there will her heart be also (Matthew 6:21) By developing a mother heart, each girl and women prepares for her divine eternal mission of motherhood.  We as the young women’s leaders want you girls to understand your divine role as women and mothers. This is the time in your life to be preparing for this role. As we talk about each of the values tonight, we would like to focus on how, if you work to attain these values, they will help you become a strong woman and mother in the gospel."

As Sheri Dew has said, "For Satan has declared war on motherhood. He knows that those who rock the cradle can rock his earthly empire. And he knows that without righteous mothers loving and leading the next generation, the kingdom of God will fail."

The world makes us think that motherhood is a secondary to what the world has to offer. Sheri Dew says, "No woman who understands the gospel would ever think that any other work is more important or would ever say, "I am just a mother," for mothers heal the souls of men. We believe the following qualities are things that you as young woman should strive to develop now, so you’ll be prepared to be a strong woman in the gospel and nurture children to come unto Christ. The young women values that you are working on now are preparing you for your future roles as women in the gospel, whether it be as a teacher, aunt, sister, friend or a mother.

Faith: Mary Fielding Smith, mother to the prophet Joseph F Smith, had many spiritual experiences on the trek west. Her faith and ability to get answers to prayers left an unforgettable impression on her son.

When Joseph was 6 years old, his father was killed, so his mother had to head west on her own. The wagon master didn't want them to come because they didn't have a father to do the heavy work. But his mother insisted that we would be just fine and that she would even get her wagon there first! Joseph watched as his mother's faith and a priesthood blessing healed their sick oxen. Once their oxen wandered off, and no one could find them. Joseph came back to camp hungry and tired from looking, and saw his mother on her knees praying. She got up confidently and went in the opposite direction from where the oxen were last seen. The men in the camp were yelling at her that she was wasting her time, she wouldn't find them in that direction. Joseph followed my mother, and sure enough she had found our oxen. His mother was a women of great faith and her ability to get answers to prayers left an unforgettable impression on Joseph.

Divine Nature: "Motherhood is not what was left over after our Father blessed his sons with priesthood ordination. It was the most ennobling endowment He could give His daughters, a sacred trust, motherhood is as divinely called, as eternally important in its place as the priesthood itself." –Sheri Dew

Individual Worth: "You were preserved to come to the earth in this time for a special purpose. Not just a few of you, but all of you. There are things for each of you to do that no one else can do as well as you--If you will let Him, I testify that our Father in Heaven will walk with you through the journey of life and inspire you to know your special purpose here." -H. Burke Peterson

Knowledge: To live more fully each hour and to glean the most from each day is wisdom. How unwise we are to waste our today's when they determine the significance of our tomorrows. We should wisely live a day at a time because that is all we have.  -Marvin J. Ashton

Choice and Accountability:  President Kimball said,"Now may I make a recommendation? Develop discipline of self so that, more and more, you do not have to decide and redecide what you will do when you are comfronted with the same temptation time and time again. You need only to decide some things once. How great a blessing it is to be free of agonizing over and over again regarding a temptation. To do such is time-consuming and very risky.

"The time to decide on a mission is long before it becomes a matter of choosing between a mission and an athletic scholarship. The time to decide on temple marriage is before one has become attached to a boyfriend or girlfriend who does not share that objective. The time to decide on a policy of strict honesty is before the store clerk gives you too much change. The time to decide against using drugs is before a friend you like teases you for being afraid or pious. The time to decide that we will settle for nothing less than an opportunity to live eternally with our Father is now, so that every choice we make wil be affected by our determination to let nothing interfere with attaining that ultimate goal."

Good Works: The Lord has blessed women with divine attributes of love, compassion, kindness, and charity. We have the power to bless each other as we extend our arms of love and kindness and give the gifts of compassion and charity. No matter what our individual circumstances are, we all have the opportunity to edify and nurture others.

Integrity - is doing what you said you would do even when it gets hard, is uncomfortable, boring, unpopular or when no one else is looking. So as you live your life, people will know you to be true, fair and honest in all you dealings at all times. This will be a priceless example to others in your life, for actions always speak louder than words.

Patience: All of us would like life to be less stressful. But sometimes we don’t know how to make it so. What is needed is eternal perspective and faith in the Lord. Elder Maxwell points out that patience is a willingness to watch the unfolding purposes of God with a sense of wonder and awe.

Eternal Perspective:  Sister Sheri Dew said, "As women and mothers in Isreal, we are the Lord’s secret weapon. Our influence comes from a divine endowment that has been in place from the beginning. In the premortal world, when our Father described our role, I wonder if we didn’t stand in wide-eyed wonder that He would belss us with a sacred trust so central to His pan and that He would endow us with gifts so vital to the loving and leading of His children. I wonder if we shouted for joy at least in part because of the ennobling stature He gave us in his Kingdom. The world won’t tell you that, but the spirit will. 

Prayer: "I know of no single activity that has more potential for unifying our families and bringing more love and divine directions into our homes than consistent, fervent family prayer."  –Elder John H. Groberg

Teacher: Never has there been a greater need for righteous mothers – mothers who bless their children with a sense of safety, security, and confidence about the future, mothers who teach their children where to find peace and truth and that the power of Jesus Christ is always stronger than the power of the adversary.

No matter what you read or hear, no matter what the differences of circumstances you observe in the lives of women about you, it is important for Latter Day Saint women to understand that the Lord holds motherhood and mothers sacred and in the highest esteem. He had entrusted to his daughters the great responsibility of bearing and nurturing children. This is the great irreplaceable work of women. Life can not go on if women cease to bear children. Mortal life is a privilege and a necessary step in eternal progression. Mother Eve understood that. You must also understand it. Much is said about the drudgery and the confinement of the women’s role in the home. In the perspective of the gospel it is not so. There is divinity in each new life. There is challenge in creating the environment in which a child cab grow and develop. There is partnership between the man and the women in building a family which can last throughout the eternities. - Spencer W Kimball

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