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.
Motherhood is a divine calling. Your example influences others far beyond what you may ever know.