By Claudia M. Buruca
What is a mother?
If you type in this question to any search engine you will find many results and definitions. Some examples would be: “a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth”, or the verb form “of bringing up a child with care and affection.”
To me, a mother is someone who guides us in the right direction. She loves us unconditionally and she puts her child’s needs above her own. Brother Bradley D. Foster said: “By divine design, nurturing seems to be part of the spiritual heritage given to women.”
The other day I asked one of my co-workers what a mother was to him, and how he would describe a mother. It took him a while to answer my question. After a few minutes he came up with an answer. He told me “a mother should be caring and loving. They should be tender, but also give their love unconditionally.”
As President Joseph F. Smith said, “The love of a true mother comes nearer [to] being like the love of God than any other kind of love” (“The Love of Mother,” Improvement Era, Jan. 1910, 278).
My co-worker also said that mother’s can perceive “when things are not well, or when things may go wrong.” There were two things that I liked in what he said. The first being “motherhood and fatherhood is a picture of God’s love and faithfulness.” The second, that mother’s don’t have to be the ones who gave birth to you. They could be someone who took over the role of being a mother because the mother was absent. Mothers could also be grandmothers, aunts, and even father’s, etc.
In my life, I have the blessing of having three mothers. My mother being a single parent raised me with my brother. When she had no other choice but to work and go to school to give me a better future, I spent most of my childhood with my grandmother and great-grandmother. I consider them both my mothers as well because they have helped raise me, and have made me into the person I am to this day. I am very grateful for this blessing in my life.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said that “If you are a mother, you participate with God in His work of creation-not only by providing physical bodies for your children but also by teaching and nurturing them.” All three of my mother’s have been there when I feel down and have been there when I am doing well. My great-grandmother is an example of a woman who grew up without a mother. She was raised by my great-great grandfather. He instilled in her all the qualities that she was able to instill in my grandmother. These qualities have been passed down the generations to me. For this reason I know what the role and duty of a mother should be, and I will strive to add on to those qualities for my future generations.
As President James E. Faust said: “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” (“Fathers, Mothers, Marriage