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Marja: A Mother Who Knows

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Megan Bagley

on 6 October 2011

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Transcript of Marja: A Mother Who Knows

Marja: A mother who knows. Define: moth·er -noun
1. a female parent -verb
1. to care for or protect like a mother; act maternally toward. What does it take to be a "good" mother? Sister Julie B. Beck suggests that a good mother is a mother who knows. "The responsibility mothers have today has never required more vigilance. More than at any time in the history of the world, we need mothers who know...However, mothers need not fear. When mothers know who they are and who God is and have made covenants with Him, they will have great power and influence for good on their children." Marja Bagley is one of these mothers. She is a mother who knows. Marja began her journey as an accomplished and beautiful young girl. Her faithful and willing heart, along with good parents, friends and a strong testimony in the church led her in down paths of rightousness and happiness. One of these paths led her to Greg, her husband and love of her life. And the rest is history. Since then, Marja has become one of the world's best mothers. A mother who knows. There are seven areas that a mother must work at to truely know, according to Sister Beck. They are as follows: Bear children
Honor sacred ordinances and covenants
Be leaders
Be teachers
Do less
Stand strong and immovable Mothers who know bear children. "Mothers who know desire to bear children. Women who desire and work toward that blessing in this life are promised they will receive it for all eternity, and eternity is much, much longer than mortality. There is eternal influence and power in motherhood." Mothers who know honor sacred ordinances and covenants. "These mothers know they are going to sacrament meeting, where covenants are renewed. These mothers have made and honor temple covenants. They know that if they are not pointing their children to the temple, they are not pointing them toward desired eternal goals. These mothers have influence and power." Mothers who know are nurturers. "To nurture means to cultivate, care for, and make grow. Therefore, mothers who know create a climate for spiritual and temporal growth in their homes. Another word for nurturing is homemaking. Nurturing mothers are knowledgeable, but all the education women attain will avail them nothing if they do not have the skill to make a home that creates a climate for spiritual growth. Helping growth occur through nurturing is truly a powerful and influential role bestowed on women." Mothers who know are leaders. "In equal partnership with their husbands, they lead a great and eternal organization. These mothers plan for the future of their organization. They plan for missions, temple marriages, and education. They plan for prayer, scripture study, and family home evening. Mothers who know build children into future leaders and are the primary examples of what leaders look like." Mothers who know are teachers. "Since they are not babysitters, they are never off duty. Think of the power of our future missionary force if mothers considered their homes as a pre–missionary training center. Then the doctrines of the gospel taught in the MTC would be a review and not a revelation. That is influence; that is power." Mothers who know do less. "They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally. Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. Their goal is to prepare a rising generation of children who will take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the entire world. Their goal is to prepare future fathers and mothers who will be builders of the Lord’s kingdom for the next 50 years. That is influence; that is power." Mothers who know stand strong and immovable. "Who will prepare this righteous generation of sons and daughters? Latter-day Saint women will do this—women who know and love the Lord and bear testimony of Him, women who are strong and immovable and who do not give up during difficult and discouraging times. Latter-day Saint women should be the very best in the world at upholding, nurturing, and protecting families." So what would happen in a world without mothers? The Name of Mother
“The noblest thoughts my soul can claim.
The holiest words my tongue can frame,
Unworthy are to frame the name
More sacred than all other.
An infant when her love first came,
A man, I find it just the same:
Reverently I breathe her name—
The blessed name of mother.”

—George Griffith Fetter This world would be a pretty lonely place without those special women in our lives, moms. Moms that truley know. Moms like Marja Bagley. "May each of us treasure this truth; one cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one."
-Thomas S. Monson Happy Mother's Day!
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