On Sunday, July 1st, we blessed our baby at church.
In our church, babies are usually blessed on the first Sunday of the month, when we have fast and testimony meeting. Members of the congregation fast (go without food or drink) for 2 meals, and give the money that they would have spent on those meals to help feed the poor. The meeting during that Sunday is dedicated to the bearing of testimonies. Members of the congregation are invited to stand before everyone to bear their testimony of Jesus Christ, of His gospel, and other divine truths.
Our parents came to be with us for the baby blessing, so our children were divided between grandparents in the pews, rather than sitting next to us on this Sunday. This allowed me the opportunity to sit next to a young girl of 13. I noticed her staring at at the baby in my arms, and I wondered what she was thinking.
A little while later, she rose to bear her testimony, and to my surprise, I found out what she had been thinking.
She said that she was staring at our
baby, and that she was thinking about the divinity of motherhood, and what an important role it will be for her to fulfill someday.
It was one of the most simple, most profound testimonies that I have ever heard.
Did you know that you testified of the importance of motherhood, simply by choosing to bear children? I had never thought of it that way. Her words helped me to see the examples that we set, simply by choosing to give life to the spirits who are waiting to come to this earth.
I asked her if she wanted to hold the baby. She blinked back tears and said yes, and she held my sleeping infant in her arms for the rest of the meeting.
"Years ago, a son wrote to his mother and asked her what she did to successfully rear her children—all nineteen of them! She wrote him this reply:
“The writing anything about my way of education I am much adverse to. It cannot, I think, be of service to anyone to know how I, who have lived such a retired life for so many years, used to employ my time and care in bringing up my own children. No one can, without renouncing the world, in the most literal sense, observe my methods; and there are few, if any, that would entirely devote above twenty years of the prime of life in hopes to save souls of their children,which they think may be saved without so much ado; for that was my principal intention, however unskillfully and unsuccessfully managed.” (Franklin Wilder, Immortal Mother, New York: Vantage Press, 1966, p. 43; italics added.)
That mother was Susannah Wesley, and the son who wrote was John Wesley, one of the great reformers. Twenty years of the prime of life in the hopes of saving the souls of her children! Such a task required skill, competence, courage, intelligence, and ingenuity far above any career."
Motherhood is a divine calling. Your example influences others far beyond what you may ever know.