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A THOUGHT FROM THE SCRIPTURES

My son, . . . forsake not the law of thy mother:

For [it] shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head . . . . - Prov. 1:8-9

"Marriage and mothering is more than the routine of washing socks, making beds, and putting food on the table," Elder James E. Faust of the Quorum of the Twelve said at April 1988 general conference. "It is also not being taken for granted; it is being appreciated and being appropriately thanked. It also means being helped. . . .

"The First Presidency of this Church has said, `Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.' (Messages of the First Presidency, 6:178.) Mothers perform a labor the priesthood cannot do. For this supernal gift of life the priesthood should have love unbounded for the mothers of their children. Men should give them honor, gratitude, reverence, respect, and praise. A man who fails to gratefully acknowledge his debt to his own mother who gave him life is insensitive to the Holy Spirit."