The Moral Force of Women
by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Women have an incredibly strong influence on the world.
"Women bring with them into the world a certain virtue, a divine gift that makes them adept at instilling such qualities as faith, courage, empathy, and refinement in relationships and in cultures."
"A women's moral influence is nowhere more powerfully felt or more beneficially employed than in the home."
I recently read a of a message Elizabeth Smart delivered to a group of teens. Many of you will remember that Elizabeth, at the young age of 14, was abducted from her bedroom in her family's home. She was threatened, tied up, and raped daily by her capture until she was found nine months later. She told this group that during her nine months in captivity, she held herself together by remembering things from her home and family. Even going as far as remembering prods from her mother to do her homework and her mother saying that she didn't sell her car to buy a harp she wouldn't practice. During that awful time, Elizabeth made a choice, she says, "I decided I would do whatever it took to get back home because my mother's love was worth surviving for."
The morning after Elizabeth was found, her mother once again influenced her by giving her the following advice:
Mother's play an immense role in the lives of their children. Elder Christofferson says,
"In all events, a mother can exert an influence unequaled by any other person in any other relationship. . .A mother's love and high expectations lead her children to act responsibly without excuses, to be serious about education and personal development, and to make ongoing contributions to the well-being of all around them."
You do not have to be THE mother to have this kind of influence on children. Aunts, grandmothers, teachers, community leaders, etc can all help to shape a child's life for good. Sister Sheri Dew has said, "As daughters of our Heavenly Father, and as daughters of Eve, we are all mothers and we have always been mothers. And we each have the responsibility to love and help lead the rising generation."
My sister is a huge part of my children's lives. She is like a second mother to them.
Next Week's Talk:
by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf