“To be a righteous woman during the winding-up scenes on this earth, before the Second Coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling. The righteous woman’s strength and influence today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times. She has been placed here to help to enrich, to protect, and to guard the home—which is society’s basic and most noble institution. Other institutions in society may falter and even fail, but the righteous woman can help to save the home, which may be the last and only sanctuary some mortals know in the midst of storm and strife” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball , 326–27).
I heard this quote today and church and it was like a light bulb to me. I've been struggling with finding joy in the monotony of day to day tasks of child rearing and hearing my lovely children say such things as "I hate you". One particularly difficult Sunday, a couple weeks ago, I came home and cried because I felt like a failure of a mother to my son. When my husband came home I asked him, "Is this REALLY supposed to bring me joy? You've got to be kidding me!" Now we all have a rough time raising kids and it's not the easiest thing, but I've been doing some soul searching because I was so distraught over my frustration. I've been praying and fasting and slowly the Lord has been showing me ways that I can be a better mom and showing me more joy in raising my kids. Today at church, this quote was like an answer to a prayer. I have a purpose as a Mother and I must remember that purpose when times get tough with little ones at home. My purpose is to enrich, guard and protect our institution called home. Now, this isn't the first time I've ever known this, but every once and awhile I need a reminder that I have a purpose as a mother. I want to be there for my kids when they need someone to go to and I want them to look to me for guidance and protection. I want my kids to love to come home and to feel a sense of security when they are home. I want them to know that all is well and they are safe from the evils of the world. I want them to have a sanctuary to call HOME. I thank the Lord for guiding me in my journey called motherhood!