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Mission of Motherhood: The View from 1962

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 20, 2014

A 1962 Relief Society lesson written by Elder Ariel S. Ballif teaches this view of motherhood:

Childbearing is a woman’s unique service. Providing a clean, healthy body and a sound mind are most essential; however, being well-born is far more inclusive. It is being born into a home and family where the parents are qualified to provide healthy stimulation to the growth and development of each child spiritually, intellectually, and temporally.

As the mother exercises judgment, wisdom, and care in selection of food for her family, she must also use judgment, wisdom, and care in selecting the spiritual and mental stimulation of her family. So also must the greatest care be used in providing and directing the social contacts of the child. The major part of a mother’s service is developing the child’s judgment so he can learn to choose for himself.

Child development is the constant challenge of the mother. Discipline is bringing one’s mental powers under control and directing them into useful channels. the ideals, values, and objectives of the society in which one lives can, through discipline and obedience, become a part of the child in infancy and remain for life. The person who is most free is the one who knows the law and obeys it.

Moral values represent the wisdom of time-tested behavior; moral values represent the best judgment of man in tune with the mind and will of God. There is and must be for us a divine tone in the moral values of our society.

Homemaking is largely the creativeness of the mother. It is, in reality, a joint father and mother responsibility, yet it is the artistry, personality, and industry of the mother that predominate. Besides the beauty of the physical setting, she is responsible for the things in her home and elsewhere that stimulate the mind and spirit of her children. What they, the children, read, think, hear, and see, they become.

To meet her challenge, mother must be constantly alert to her own mental stimulation. Her personal improvement helps in the direction of the children and, eventually prepares her with interests and expressions of her talents which can fill her life when the family is gone.



3 Comments »

  1. The loudest voices of society have decided against the premise of “There is and must be for us a divine tone in the moral values of our society.”

    Comment by David R — March 20, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

  2. I should have added that I was 9 y/o at the time this was written and describes my mother exactly and what she tried to do for her children.

    Comment by David R — March 20, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

  3. This makes me homesick for my mom. I miss her every day.

    Comment by Maurine — March 20, 2014 @ 10:32 pm

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