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Inspirational LDS Quotes About Motherhood by Mormon Leaders

Kathryn Skaggs is the founder of Latter-day Saint Women Stand, a community of over 50K faithful Latter-day Saint women who love their faith!

Motherhood: The Circle of a Woman's Reach

This is Lilly, one of my sweet granddaughters, on her 5th day of life!

This is Lilly, one of my sweet granddaughters, on her 5th day of life!

Motherhood Is a Sacred Responsibility

As the mother of five children, and the grandmother of now eleven grandchildren, I am profoundly moved by the sacred responsibility and gift of motherhood in my personal life. There have been many times, particularly when my own children were small, that I did not completely understand the full impact that motherhood and its far-reaching influences would and could have on so many lives. I found myself down in the dumps on occasion as a young mother—which is a very common occurrence for new moms.

A mother is not only a teacher, but she herself becomes the humblest of students.

A mother is not only a teacher, but she herself becomes the humblest of students.

Mothers Nurture All Those in Need

Things are much different now. I have been tossed to and fro by the winds of adversity as a mother, and I have been at the heights of joy. Not too much time existed between these events either. With all of these experiences, I have now come to understand the privilege and power of motherhood.

A mother is not only a teacher, but she herself becomes the humblest of students. Mothers are often found to be kneeling at the very feet of a wise Father in Heaven. I will eternally be indebted to the leaders of the LDS Church who have taught the sacred nature and responsibility of the role of motherhood. Through a deeper understanding of the Plan of Salvation and the importance of the role of women in that plan, I now know just how important my life's work has been.

I have compiled a few quotes and counsel about motherhood from LDS leaders who have inspired me personally. I hope that the knowledge of these eternal truths, and that which they have taught me regarding the very special and sacred role of women and motherhood, will also touch your heart. As quoted by Thomas S. Monson in "Three Goals to Guide You:"

You never know what a girl is worth,
You’ll have to wait and see;
But every woman in a noble place,
A girl once used to be.

Mothers teach their children to dream that which is possible.

Mothers teach their children to dream that which is possible.

The Birthright of Every Child Born Is to Have a Mother

Every child has a divine birthright to have both a mother and a father. To dismiss either one of these parents and their divine role in a child's life is to misunderstand the critical role of parents. The family is the basic unit of society and is ordained by God. It is through the family that children progress best and find happiness eternally.

"My dear sisters, do not pray for tasks equal to your abilities, but pray for abilities equal to your tasks. Then the performance of your tasks will be no miracle, but you will be the miracle."

— President Thomas S. Monson, Prophet of the Lord

A Mother Is a Teacher, Mentor, and Student

“Most of you are mothers, and very many of you are grandmothers and even great-grandmothers. You have walked the sometimes painful, sometimes joyous path of parenthood. You have walked hand in hand with God in the great process of bringing children into the world that they might experience this estate along the road of immortality and eternal life. It has not been easy rearing a family. Most of you have had to sacrifice and skimp and labor night and day. As I think of you and your circumstances, I think of the words of Anne Campbell." — Gordon B. Hinckley

  • “To My Child,” quoted in Charles L. Wallis, ed., The Treasure Chest [1965], 54

You are the trip I did not take;

You are the pearls I cannot buy;

You are my blue Italian lake;

You are my piece of foreign sky."

— Anne Campbell

"You [mothers] are the real builders of the nation wherever you live, for you have created homes of strength and peace and security. These become the very sinew of any nation.” — Gordon B. Hinckley

  • Gordon B. Hinckley, “Women of the Church,” Ensign, Nov 1996, 67
Mothers find the beauty of life wherever it may be.

Mothers find the beauty of life wherever it may be.

The Highest and Noblest of Work in This Life Is Motherhood

“During my professional career as a doctor of medicine, I was occasionally asked why I chose to do that difficult work. I responded with my opinion that the highest and noblest work in this life is that of a mother. Since that option was not available to me, I thought that caring for the sick might come close. I tried to care for my patients as compassionately and competently as Mother cared for me.

Many years ago the First Presidency issued a statement that has had a profound and lasting influence upon me. 'Motherhood,' they wrote, 'is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels.'

Because mothers are essential to God’s great plan of happiness, their sacred work is opposed by Satan, who would destroy the family and demean the worth of women.” — Russell M. Nelson

  • Russell M. Nelson, “Our Sacred Duty to Honor Women,” Ensign, May 1999, 38
A mother must maintain proper perspective in order to see the view.

A mother must maintain proper perspective in order to see the view.

Mothers Who Know Who They Are

“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. Children are being born into a world where they, ' . . . wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places' . . . 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.”

— President Julie B. Beck

  • Julie B. Beck, “Mothers Who Know,” Ensign, Nov 2007, 76–78

"There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be full-time moms, at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else." — Elder M. Russell Ballard

  • “Daughters of God,” Ensign, May 2008, 108–10

The Master of Heaven and Earth Is There to Bless You

“When you have come to the Lord in meekness and lowliness of heart and, as one mother said, ' . . . pounded on the doors of heaven to ask for, to plead for, to demand guidance and wisdom and help for this wondrous task,' that door is thrown open to provide you the influence and the help of all eternity. Claim the promises of the Savior of the world. Ask for the healing balm of the Atonement for whatever may be troubling you or your children. Know that in faith things will be made right in spite of you, or more correctly, because of you.

You can’t possibly do this alone, but you do have help. The Master of Heaven and Earth is there to bless you—he who resolutely goes after the lost sheep, sweeps thoroughly to find the lost coin, waits everlastingly for the return of the prodigal son. Yours is the work of salvation, and therefore you will be magnified, compensated, made more than you are and better than you have ever been as you try to make honest effort, however feeble you may sometimes feel that to be.” — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

  • Jeffrey R. Holland, “‘Because She Is a Mother,’” Ensign, May 1997, 35

LDS Quotes About Motherhood


"A man who holds the priesthood has reverence for motherhood. Mothers are given a sacred privilege to 'bear the souls of men; for herein is the work of [the] Father continued, that he may be glorified.'"

President Howard W. Hunter

D&C 132:63

“Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind."

The First Presidency

James R. Clark, comp., Messages of the First Presidency, 6 vols., Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965–75, 6:178

“No other success [in life] can compensate for failure in the home.”

J. E. McCulloch

David O. McKay quoting J. E. McCulloch, “Home: the Savior of Civilization,” in Conference Report, Apr. 1935, p. 116)

“The most important of the Lord’s work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes.”

President Harold B. Lee

Harold B. Lee, Stand Ye in Holy Places, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974, p. 255).

"Effective family leadership, brethren, requires both quantity and quality time. The teaching and governance of the family must not be left to your wife alone, to society, to school, or even the Church."

Howard W. Hunter

Howard W. Hunter, “Being a Righteous Husband and Father,” Ensign, Nov 1994, 49

To Be a Woman Is to Be a Mother

"The priesthood cannot work out its destiny, nor can God’s purposes be fulfilled, without our helpmates. Mothers perform a labor the priesthood cannot do. For this gift of life, the priesthood should have love unbounded for the mothers of their children.

Honor your wife’s unique and divinely appointed role as a mother in Israel and her special capacity to bear and nurture children. We are under divine commandment to multiply and replenish the earth and to bring up our children and grandchildren in light and truth (Moses 2:28; D&C 93:40). You share, as a loving partner, the care of the children. Help her to manage and keep up your home. Help teach, train, and discipline your children.

You should express regularly to your wife and children your reverence and respect for her. Indeed, one of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

A man who holds the priesthood regards the family as ordained of God. Your leadership of the family is your most important and sacred responsibility. The family is the most important unit in time and in eternity and, as such, transcends every other interest in life." — Howard W. Hunter

  • James R. Clark, comp., Messages of the First Presidency, 6 vols., Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965–75, 6:178.
This is Lilly's big sister, Seybrielle.

This is Lilly's big sister, Seybrielle.

My Personal Dedication

I hope that these eternal truths—as taught by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—are inspiring to other mothers.

I am so grateful to be a mother. I have learned everything important in my life through my experiences as a mother. One very important aspect of motherhood is the fact that it is an eternal calling. Regardless of whether or not a woman is able to have children, she is, nevertheless, a mother. A woman is a mother to all she knows and loves. To be a woman is to be a mother. Motherhood is the divine gift given to women: to bring life into this world in countless ways.

I would like to dedicate this article about the importance of mothers and motherhood to my own daughters: Jennette, Laura, Brittney, and McKenna, and to each of my six beautiful granddaughters. I am who I am because of what they have taught me and continue to teach me each and every day of my life.



This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Please Share Your Thoughts About Motherhood . . .

Afhak Armani from Pakistan on March 16, 2018:

what an amazing hub. Really inspiring

Kommoon from Wollongong, NSW, Australia on August 06, 2012:

this s so beautiful , i'm to re read this again , 'cos on the 12th of August is the mother's day in Thailand , thank you so much :)))

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 22, 2011:

To all the mothers who hold and honor the title.

Hip, hip, hooray!

Hip, hip, hooray!

Hip, hip, hooray!

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on May 04, 2011:

Thank you. Each of these pictures just really spoke to my heart about the sacred responsibility of every mother.

Ez Kay on May 04, 2011:

Interesting article on motherhood but i so much love the pics attached to this article.

couponalbum from Sunnyvale, CA on April 30, 2010:

What a great hub. very nice pictures. Liked your other hubs too. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. Looking forward for your e-mails or comments.

It was nice visiting your hubs. :)

Heidi on April 23, 2010:

Thanks! You've made something beautiful to uplift all mothers.

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on April 15, 2010:


cbris52 on April 14, 2010:

Really enjoyed the wonderful quotes!

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on March 24, 2010:

Whidbewriter -

Thank you. Enjoy those grandchildren of yours:)

Mary Gaines from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington on March 23, 2010:

This is a beautiful hub - I too am a grandmother of 8 soon to have 9 and can really relate to some of the things you stated in this hub. God Bless you for sharing your thoughts and I totally agree as mothers we have a high position in this life to bring up our Children to know the Heavenly is an awesome task.

wondermummy on August 01, 2009:

Beautiful, lovely piece-

from Jodie

Cami Checketts on May 08, 2009:

Thank you for the wonderful quotes and lovely pictures. I get to speak in church on Mother's Day. These quotes will really help!



Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on September 02, 2008:

betherickson -

How kind. Thank you, and thanks for taking the time to say so:-)



betherickson from Minnesota on September 01, 2008:

What a lovely hub you have come up with. Very inspirational quotes. Nicely done. Thumbs up for you. :)

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on September 01, 2008:

Shirley -

I could have easily written your exact same post...  I feel the identical feelings about motherhood and grand-parenting that you describe.  What I have learned, is that these are common feelings amongst those of us who have raised our children, and that are now grandparents.  We see things with so much more clarity. 

I believe, that this is what makes a grandparent, such an important person in the lives of grandchildren.

I tell my own three daughters, that I expect them to be so much better at mothering than I was.  I know that they too, as  you mention - have learned some very valuable lessons, from my mistakes.  Although that sounds a little strange - apparently this is what the cycle of life is all about.  Every generation better.  I am a better mother, than my own and so on and so on....

This understanding, tells me - that our family relationships "must" extend beyond this life.  For this knowledge, I am deeply grateful to know.

Thank you for sharing such beautiful thoughts, about motherhood.



Shirley Anderson from Ontario, Canada on September 01, 2008:

This is a wonderful hub!

Now that I am a grandma, I find that I have a different perspective. I can see things now that I couldn't when I was younger and my own children were small, things I now wish I'd done differently with my kids, things I regret and wish I could do over. On the other hand, they would be different people from who they are, and I like who they are.

I think my biggest realization has been that raising my kids was an even more important job than I had acknowledged. It's when I think of the enormous importance of it that I critique my performance as a mom, but always come back to the fact that they grew up to be nice, responsible adults with good hearts. So, I must've done some things right. Perhaps that's one thing that I've learned from them.

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on September 01, 2008:

Clint -

I just have to giggle here.... that is exactly what my own father does when I call home to talk! He always "assumes" that it is mother whom I am calling for. Confession - it usually is! LOL But, I do love the fathers in my life and value them greatly.



Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on September 01, 2008:

jmmoore -

I wish when I tell you, that the times that you are experiencing as a young mother right now - are some of the most precious of all.... I wish more young mothers understood the value that the time they are spending focusing on their little ones, and not themselves - is worth more than anything this world can buy.

Enjoy your little ones.... you will neve regret setting aside "other" things, in making that choice:-)



clint on September 01, 2008:

I do so like to read your articles. You pick your subject`s so well and do a great job of commuateing your Thoughts.I sure can`t speak from the mothers side. But from a sons perspective, As I recall,When I called home and My father answered. The conver sation went something like this. " Hi dad, is Mom home! Loved my Dad. But when I needed to talk It Was My Mother, I needed MOST !

jmmoore321 from Utah on September 01, 2008:

Wow this is making me cry being a young mother myself. I read the Anne Campbell statements quoted by President Hinckley and they just really resonated with me. It's easy to dwell on all the things you are missing by being a mother (especially in the young phase without a lot of money) ... but you really need to remember the amazing positive parts of it and those beautiful babies who are everything to you.

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on August 08, 2008:

guidebaba - Thank you kindly:-)



guidebaba from India on August 08, 2008:

Nice quote. Love to Lilly.

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on June 30, 2008:

Tina Ballernia:-)

How sweet. I too love these beautiful truths regarding mothers and motherhood.

Thanks for commenting.



Tina Ballerina on June 14, 2008:

Thank you for sharing such beautiful truths with others. I am working on a gift for my husband's grandmother and did a search for lds quotes by prophets. Your page came up as a link and I decided to check it out. What a wonderful reminder it was to me of my divine calling as a mother. I hope that may others are inspired just as I was when they read those words.

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on June 06, 2008:

Hi amy jane -

Thanks so much for visiting. Lilly is adorable, and now six weeks. Today, she smiled at me and just melted my heart:-)



amy jane from Connecticut on June 06, 2008:

This is beautiful! Motherhood is sacred - grandmotherhood too! I love the first picture of your newborn grandbaby. :)

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on June 06, 2008:

ripplemaker -

So nice of you to take time to comment with such nice words.



Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on June 06, 2008:

Beautiful words, beautiful thoughts, lovely pictures. Thanks!

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on May 23, 2008:


Thank you. I too, love these teachings about motherhood.

So funny, I was commenting on your hub as you were commenting here. We are on the same channel apparently. Your hub on the polygamy issue is very good:-)



donnaleemason from North Dakota, USA on May 23, 2008:

Awesome, just absolutely beautiful.

Joslyn on May 10, 2008:

Thank you!

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on May 09, 2008:


Thank you for the compliment. The counsel given here about motherhood comes from the inspired LDS leaders, whom I love and respect. I too, think what they have taught is wonderful!



ANIL THOMAS from KERALA, INDIA on May 09, 2008:

good wonderful work..........

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on May 08, 2008:

Whezo -

Hello my friend. May I just say, that you are much much too kind with your words. But thank you nonetheless:-) There are more times than I can count, where I have walked with quite the bend in my back. LOL

It is good to know you are still here on hubpages. You have so much to teach. I always look forward to reading your hubs.

Those of us who write from the heart, can only hope - that we are able to somehow lift others along the way.

Thank you for your very kind comment... perhaps too kind really?



Wehzo on May 08, 2008:

Hi LdsNana-AskMormon,

As usual you astound me with your grip on life and the way God fashions it for us, to help, shape and mold us into his own. The good and the bad all work together for our ultimate good. Speaking of Motherhood, you remind me of Deborah in the Old Testament who God chose to be a 'Mother' to Israel. It was not easy, and by the way, she had a husband. She did not shrink from the task and honor. And from reading the pages of your heart, through some of your hub articles, I think I can say You didn't shrink either. God bless you.

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on May 08, 2008:

Hey Doghouse -

Thank you. As you know, I like to take any opportunity that I can - to show off my adorable grandchildren. Being a mother and a Nana, is the joy of my life:-)



In The Doghouse from California on May 08, 2008:


As always, a beautiful job with incredible pictures.

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on May 08, 2008:

Hi SweetiePie:-)

Thank you. I love your picture. It's fun to see what people look like behind the name. Motherhood is a great life...

Have a great day!



SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on May 07, 2008:

Good job and wonderful quotes!