Being a mother of young children is demanding, hard work. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade my title of Mom or position of stay-at-home-mom for anything, but that doesn't change the fact that it is a difficult, challenging job. When I find myself getting bogged down by the mundane (and seemingly endless) tasks of fixing meals, cleaning rooms, doing laundry, changing diapers, refereeing sibling squabbles/fights, and so on, I often turn to a few trusted and well-listened-to talks from various leaders in the Church. Some of my favorites are:
"Because she is a mother" (Elder Holland, April 1997)
"Daughters of God" (Elder Ballard, April 2008)
"To the mothers in Zion" (President Benson, February 1987)
"Mothers who know" (Sister Beck, October 2007)
"The joy of womanhood" (Sister Nadauld, October 2000)
For any other young mothers out there, I hope these talks can help you if and when you feel bogged down by the challenges of raising children and making a home.
So while it is hard, it is oh, so worth it. Just looking at these faces, how could I feel otherwise?