Every weekday morning for the past four years, my mom has woken up at 4:50 to make sure that me and my sister get out the door to go to seminary on time. She has put up with every school project we “didn’t know about until the day before it was due”, every time she made us dinner and we complained because we were not in the mood for that meal she spent an hour and a half making, and every argument over who the pencil really belongs to. And yet she still has the energy each time to tell us why what we were doing was wrong and how we can fix our mistakes and make them right. Some people ask “Why do moms do so much for their kids? and How can moms put up with the constant mistakes of children?” I along with what I believe to be most youth do not know the answer to this question. But I could guess that it is because they love their kids with all their heart. That they work 24/7 so that one day there kids will be as the stripling warriors were in Alma 57 which states:

Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually.

Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them.

Only a loving mother would be able to transform a tiny crying baby into a soldier whose minds are firm and who observes to perform every word of command with exactness. What really hits me in these verses is that the soldiers remembered who had helped them and gave their mom’s the credit. It is very important for the children and husbands of mothers to realize how special they are. Our perfect example, Jesus Christ demonstrated how to treat these women. As the book of John chapter nineteen says,

26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

Knowing all the things my mom does to me, it is not hard to understand why as Jesus was dying the last thing he did was make sure his mother would be taken care of. I am so glad that I have learned about our father’s plan of happiness. It lets me have hope that after this mortal life I will be able to be together with my family and mom again. The hymn “Oh My Father”, not only tells us that we will be able to be united as couples when we get to heaven but that we will be able to see our moms again it says-

In the heav'ns are parents single?

No, the thought makes reason stare!

Truth is reason; truth eternal

Tells me I've a mother there.

I love my mom and I know that all moms in whatever circumstance would do anything for their children. I am glad that we will be reunited with them when we die. I would like to challenge everyone to try and treat these remarkable ladies with the respect and love they deserve. Not just on mother’s day but every day of the year.

Youth Age 15

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