Sally Olsen, Mother
Sally is a Mother, Grandmother, and Utah Mother of the Year 2011
Our homes truly are the "school room of the Lord". What we make happen there is vital. Do not be deceived by the voices of the world (Satan) that would downplay or belittle our time at home. I am reminded of a quote by C.S. Lewis.
"The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career." — C.S. Lewis
Be encouraged and rejoice each day that you have the opportunity to be in your home to teach and love and serve. This is where true joy is found!
I know this is absolutely true! The world teaches that the home means restraint, that the highest liberty is the fullest opportunity to move about at will. But this is a lie. It may seem true, but it is not. The great things that we do in our homes are not published in the headlines. We are not given awards and medals and many days there is no recognition for great deeds and accomplishments that are taking place. But that is why it is so essential to have the burning knowledge inside of you that the work you are doing as parents is vital and of the utmost importance.
This knowledge and faith that this work is true will get you through the hard days. There are hard days, but they are really only as hard as we let them be through our mind and through our faith. Faith empowers us and soon we find that because of our faith we are blessed and empowered through the Lord to be able to handle things. We are given additional strength to endure, to do, and to love. When we start to love, it is because the Lord blesses us with His love, then life becomes a success and is so fulfilling and joyful!
We must have faith in the Lord and what he has told us through the prophets and through the witness of the Spirit. This is the way we can carry on! Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ brings miracles.
“There's something I want to tell you,” [the reporter] said intensely…“I just want you to know that we were sold a lie.”
“What do you mean?” I asked, totally puzzled.
“I mean, when I went to college they lied to us…We were told not to throw our lives away on husbands and children, but to go out into the world and to succeed. We were told that only through a professional career could we ‘find ourselves' or live a worthwhile life. I just want you to know that this morning I have realized it was all a lie...I would trade all my so-called worldly success for one day of living your life.”
Jaroldeen Edwards. “Following Christ in Service to Others.” Church News, March 10, 1990, 8.
It is worth it! All latter-day prophets have borne witness to the sacred role of motherhood. President Spencer W. Kimball said, “It is important for you Latter-day Saint women to understand that the Lord holds motherhood and mothers sacred and in the highest esteem” (“Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, 105).
Contrast that with the mother who vowed to give her children not just quality time but quantity time. She recognized that a loving relationship requires constant and ongoing talking, playing, laughing, and working moments. I, too, believe that parents and children need to participate in each other’s everyday, ordinary experiences. So I know about your upcoming test; you know about my lesson preparation. I attend your games; you join me in the kitchen for dinner preparation. We are major players in each other’s lives, absorbing love through daily experiences.
So to my daughter, and to all young people in the Church, as you make the transition to this new phase in your life, I tell you these things. I testify that in the eternal scheme of things, the most crucial and fulfilling thing you will do is to build a holy home and rear a strong family in love. This family unit will bless society and endure through eternity. I so testify, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. – Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President (Liahona, May 2003, 73–75)
---“Daughters of God” M. Russell Ballard (April 2008 Conference)