Sisters Speak: The Mothers Day Conundrum
The Exponent II publication’s next issue will be loosely focused around the theme of motherhood. As the Sisters Speak editor, I thought I could craft an interesting column about attitudes and experiences (good and bad) surrounding the celebration of Mothers Day in church. Please share your ideas on this topic. Some of you will receive emails from me asking if I might publish your comment in the magazine. Thank you!
To get the ball rolling, I’ll tell you about a memorable Mothers Day Sunday I’ve had. I’ll never forget the RS program that was put on one year about the mothers of the Prophets. It was a readers theater, and my overwhelming impression after the half hour production was “Thank goodness for birth control!” (In fact this is the statement that came out of my mouth a bit too loudly when the program ended.) It just seemed like a surprising number of mothers of the prophets either died in childbirth in their 40s or 50s after bearing A LOT of children, or they just had enormous families that must have wiped them out physically and emotionally. I got a few strange looks after those words about birth control flew out of my mouth, but I stand by the sentiment.
- Do you think Mothers Day should be celebrated during church through special talks, lessons, and gifts? Why or why not?
- What suggestions would you make for bishopric gifts to the women?
- What would you like to hear in Mothers Day talks?
- What experiences – positive and negative – have you had with the celebration of Mothers Day in church?