Thursday, July 21, 2011

Influence of a Mother

 

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* Photo of author and her beautiful family

Influence of a Mother

By Shiloah Baker

For centuries beautiful words have been written of mothers and their important influence in the lives of every man and woman. Countless stories have been shared of mothers who gave great personal sacrifice for the sake of her children and future generations.

We were all children once and have an acute understanding that children need more that food, clothes, and shelter. Children need positive influence and love. We all have our weaknesses. This is a part of the mortal life we live, but we can always strive to do better.

“Every mother should endeavor to be a true artist. I do not mean by this that every woman should be a painter, sculptor, musician, poet, or writer, but the artist who will write on the table of childish innocence thoughts she will not blush to see read in the light of eternity and printed amid the archives of heaven, that the young may learn to wear them as amulets around their hearts and throw them as bulwarks around their lives, and that in the hour of temptation and trial the voices from home may linger around their paths as angles of guidance, around their steps, and be incentives to deeds of high and holy worth.” (Francis E. W. Harper)

Dorothy Gale, in the Wizard of Oz said it best when she said, “There’s no place like home.” A mother’s influence in the home will last beyond the current moment, day, or week. A mother’s influence lasts from generation to generation. What a powerful influence mothers have.

My mother was no longer able to raise me after the age of thirteen due to many sad circumstances beyond her control. She gave her all to raising all four of her daughters with strong roots in the gospel and a love of home and homemaking skills. She demonstrated a respect for femininity and encouraged us to raise families. Through her example I grew too cherish being a nurturer- a mother.

As you gather your family around you and see their precious faces, take time to thank our Heavenly Father for your calling as a mother and remember how important you are in the lives of your family.

“You may place upon the brow of a true wife and mother the greenest laurels; you may crowd her hands with civic honors; but, after all, to her there will be no place like home, and the crown of her motherhood will be more precious than the diadem of a queen.” (Francis Harper)

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Shiloah Baker is a mom of eight, married to the man she’s madly in love with. Exercise is her vice. She runs the Homemaking Cottage & Co. and homeschools. Lover of religion classic books, children, and beautiful home decor. Writer of homemaking articles and Relief Society activities.

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