Motherhood is one of the most rewarding and challenging roles that a woman can take on in her lifetime.
It is a sacred trust that requires immense sacrifice, patience, and love.
As we approach Mother’s Day, it is important to reflect on the impact that our own mother has made on the world and to honor them for their selfless service.
In this blog post, we will share some inspiring quotes from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) from Salt Lake City and around the world that celebrate the joys and challenges of motherhood.
53 Timeless LDS Quotes On Motherhood For Mothers Day
1 – “Knowledge concerning our Heavenly Mother is one of the truths that is most relevant and most needed in the times in which we live.” – Elder Neal A. Maxwell
2 – “When you stand in front of your Heavenly Parents in those royal courts on high and you look into her eyes and behold her countenance, every question you ever had about the role of women in the kingdom will evaporate into the rich celestial air, because at that moment you will see your divine nature and destiny.” – Elder Glenn L. Pace
3 – “This ability and willingness properly to rear children, the gift to love, and eagerness, yes, longing to express it in soul development, make motherhood the noblest office or calling in the world.” – President David O. McKay
4 – “A question may be asked, “Will mothers have their children in eternity? Yes! Yes! Mothers, you shall have your children; for they shall have eternal life, for their debt is paid.” – President Joseph Smith, Jr.
5 – “Let us help our mothers and wives be happy in our homes. Let us love them, honor them, respect them, revere them”. – H. Burke Peterson
6 – “As you center your home on the savior, it will naturally become a refuge not only to your own family but also to friends who live in more difficult circumstances.” – Elder Richard G. Scott
7 – “Women have a sacred, God-given role…they received traits from Heavenly Mother.” – Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone
8 – “Perhaps the reason we respond so universally to our mother’s love is because it typifies the love of our savior.” – Bradley D. Foster
9 – “The love of a true mother comes nearer to being like the love of God than any other kind of love.” – President Joseph F. Smith
Inspiring LDS Quotes By Prophets
The importance of mothers in the lives of their children is something that has been highlighted throughout LDS scripture and teachings.
From prophets like President David O. McKay to President Russell M. Nelson, here are some timeless quotes from Church leaders about motherhood:
10 – “I honor women who are not mothers. They know that motherhood is but one of the realms of womankind. The virtue and intelligence of women are uniquely applicable to other realms as well, such as compassionate service and teaching.” – President Russell M. Nelson
11 – “Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.” – Howard W. Hunter
12 – “The greatest work we will ever do will be within the walls of our home.” – President David O. McKay
13 – “Feelings of worth come when a woman follows the example of the Master. Her sense of infinite worth comes from her own Christlike yearning to reach out with love, as He does.” – President Russell M. Nelson
14 – “We must never lose sight of the strength of the women. It is mothers who most directly affect the lives of their children…their influence is paramount.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley
15 – “The greatest work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” – President Harold B. Lee
16 – “One cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God.” – President Thomas S. Monson
17 – “The greatest job that any woman will ever do will be in nurturing and teaching and living and encouraging and rearing her children in righteousness and truth. There is no other thing that will compare with that, regardless of what she does.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley
18 – “Motherhood 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.” – the First Presidency
19 – “You young men need to know that you can hardly achieve your highest potential without the influence of good women, particularly your mother and, in a few years, a good wife.” – President Russell M. Nelson
20 – “One certain way each can demonstrate genuine love for mother is to live the truths mother so patiently taught.” – President Thomas S. Monson
21 – “Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for good or ill in human life. The mother’s image is the first that stamps itself on the unwritten page of the young child’s mind. It is her caress that first awakens a sense of security; her kiss, the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world.” – President David O. McKay
22 – “The true strength of any nation, society, or family lies in those qualities of character that have been acquired for the most part by children taught in the quiet, simple everyday manners of mothers.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley
Beautiful LDS Mother’s Day Quotes From Latter-day Saint Women
To mothers and mother figures, the sacred covenants women make with God through the temple are key to their powerful and important role.
Here are some beautiful LDS Mother’s Day quotes about motherhood from Latter-day Saint women:
23 – “For a mother’s arms encircle a child with tender restraint, security, love. They protect against fear, harm, and evil.” – Mary F. Foulger
24 – “Virtue is the strength and power of the daughters of God.” – Elaine S. Dalton
25 – “Righteous women have changed the course of history and will continue to do so, and their influence will spread and grow exponentially.” – Julie B. Beck
26 – “When you observe kind and gentle mothers in action, you see women of great strength.” – Margaret D. Nadauld
27 – “Knowing, then, that marriage and family come first, what should we think about education and careers? Remember—the issue is not marriage or education; the issue is marriage and education. . . It has been said that before becoming somebody’s wife, before becoming somebody’s mother, become somebody.” – Marie Hafen
28 – “Motherhood is more than bearing children. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our [Heavenly] Father gave us.” – Sheri Dew
29 – “There is no limit to what a woman with a mother heart can accomplish.” – Julie B. Beck
30 – “I know that Jesus helps us to be better women, to be great women – women who can change the world.” – M. Lucia Silva
31 – “We just can’t let the Lord down. And if the day comes when we are the only women on earth who find nobility and divinity in motherhood, so be it. For mother is the word that will define a righteous woman made perfect in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom, a woman who has qualified for eternal increase in posterity, wisdom, joy, and influence.” – Sheri Dew
32 – “Few of us will reach our potential without the nurturing of both the mother who bore us and the mothers who bear with us.” – Sheri Dew
33 – “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. There is eternal influence and power in motherhood.” – Julie B. Beck
34 – “Be a mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them. Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the Earth.” – Marjorie Pay Hinckley
35 – Speaking of Mother Eve, “Her motherhood preceded her maternity.” – Patricia T. Holland
36 – “Women wear many hats, but it is impossible, and unnecessary, to wear them all at once. The Spirit helps us determine which work to focus on today.” – Joy D. Jones
37 – “A woman with a mother heart has a testimony of the restored gospel, and she teaches the principles of the gospel without equivocation. She is keeping sacred covenants made in holy temples. Her talents and skills are shared unselfishly. She gains as much education as her circumstances will allow, improving her mind and spirit with the desire to teach what she learns to the generations who follow her.” – Julie B. Beck
Mother’s Day Quotes By Church Leaders
A mother’s love for the rising generation is the way God helps His children return to Him.
Women have divine instincts and unique capacities as a mother on Mount Zion. Here are some beautiful LDS Mother’s Day quotes from Church leaders, including members of the quorum of the twelve apostles, about mothers:
38 – “Recently I reviewed the history of many missionaries and found a powerful correlation between exceptional missionaries and mothers who chose to remain home, often at great financial and personal sacrifice…They reflect honor to mothers who sacrificed to remain home for their children’s benefit.” – Elder Richard G. Scott
39 – “No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
40 – “There is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” – President James E. Faust
41 – “Motherhood may be exercised as universally and vicariously as Priesthood.” – Elder John A. Widtsoe
42 – “To all of our mothers everywhere, past, present, or future, I say, ‘thank you. Thank you for giving birth, for shaping souls, for forming character, and for demonstrating the pure love of Christ.'” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
43 – “To all mothers in every circumstance, I say, Be Peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are.” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
44 – “Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling…It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.” – Elder Neil L. Andersen
45 – “There is no role in life more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood.” – President M. Russell Ballard
46 – “There are few things more powerful than the faithful prayers of a righteous mother.” – President Boyd K. Packer
Inspirational Quotes On Mothers and Womanhood
A mothers’ love and divine role as a nurturing force in her childrens’ lives is something to be celebrated and respected.
Here are some inspirational quotes about mothers and womanhood that can help us remember just how special and powerful these women are:
47 – “It was through the example of my mother that I learned to depend on the Lord. Whenever we had an important decision to make, we would discuss the problem, and then my mother would say, ‘Now, let’s take it to the Lord.’ I often came home to find housework left at a standstill and my mother kneeling in prayer. Friends coming into the house sometimes asked me, ‘What is your mother doing?’ I would say, ‘She is taking a problem to the Lord.’” – Unknown
48 – “She broke the bread into two fragments and gave them to her children, who ate with eagerness. ‘She hath saved none for herself,’ grumbled the sergeant. ‘Because she is not hungry,” said the solder. “No,” said the sergeant, “because she is a mother.” – Victor Hugo
49 – “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln
50 – “There is nothing in this world as personal as nurturing or as life changing as the influence of a righteous woman.”
51 – “Do without if you need to, but don’t do without mother.” – H. Burke Peterson
52 – “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” – Victor Hugo
53 – “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” – Abraham Lincoln
Motherhood is a sacred calling that demands all of a woman’s heart, mind, and soul.
It is a role that requires immense sacrifice, patience, and love, but the rewards are immeasurable.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day, let us honor the selfless service and dedication of all mothers, past and present.
Let us also take inspiration from the words of LDS Church leaders and recommit ourselves to the divine work of motherhood.
May the love and sacrifice of mothers everywhere continue to shape and bless the world.
And if one of these quotes touched your heart, don’t forget to share your personal message with a wonderful woman in your life.
Micah Klug is a wife, homeschooling mother to five children, and author. She teaches time-tested solutions to help parents remember what matters most in life, including strengthening their home, faith, and family relationships. To learn how a child who grew up in an authoritarian home is now creating an environment of peace and joy in her own home visit this page. If you want to contact Micah, send her an email here or email [email protected].