After 55+ years of thorough experiential on-the-ground research and evaluation, the Mormon Third Eye can confidently announce that it knows what mothers want on Mother's Day. The results are almost shocking; how did we get it wrong for so many years?
When I was young, the bishop would have the ward thank mothers by having them stand up during sacrament meeting and be recognized in order according to how many kids they had birthed, with the smallest families first. I was one of seven so my mom was usually one of the last to sit down . How would that play in today's meetings? Times have definitely changed.
Mothers do not wish to be worshiped as domestic goddesses; they are innately aware that they, like every other son and daughter of God, fall short of the glory of God. Characterizations of what the perfect mother should be only traps them in a prison of their own guilt of what they aren't doing, or if they are doing it, they're not doing well enough.
Mothers are not seeking perfection through their own works. All they want is to be loved. Why? Because new discoveries on doctrines of motherhood depicted in the scriptures reveal that they are really charity- the pure love of Christ.
Try exchanging the word “charity” with “mother” in the following famous scriptures:
1st Corinthians 13:
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not mother, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not mother, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not mother, it profiteth me nothing.
4 mother suffereth long, and is kind; mother envieth not; mother vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 mother never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I44-46 know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, mother, these three; but the greatest of these is mother.
Moroni 7:44, 47:
44 If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have mother; for if he have not mother he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have mother.
47 But mother is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
These scriptures, appropriately modified, absolutely exactly describe mothers across the millennium of time. It's like they're talking about my own mom! So... to celebrate Mother's Day, why don't you show a mother some charity? I'm certain she'll recognize and embrace it. For her, it should be like looking into a mirror.