Our Potential for Parenthood

July 2016

Dear Sister,

The Visiting Teaching message this month is “Our Potential for Parenthood.” First of all, let me just say that I’m an advocate for marriage and being a mom. I think there’s no greater role than raising, nurturing, and loving children. When I stop and think about it, every mother must have thought the role was important enough to have their child because every human being has a mother.

How true the Living Stories section of the message is. It says that many people in the world today marginalize the importance of having children or suggest delaying or limiting having children in their family.

Elder Neil L. Andersen (Apostle) quoted a Christian mother of five children (not of our faith) saying, “[Growing] up in this culture, it is very hard to get a biblical perspective on motherhood. … Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get … Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.

I love her last statement that it is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for and truly believe that. The stereotype is a woman in the kitchen who is barefoot and pregnant. But let me break that false stereotype with the truth and say that the real stereotype is a woman who knows there is nothing more important than her family and who gives her all to contribute to their happiness.

Whether a person is a parent now or not, the message says, “Though not all of us become parents in this life, we can nurture children of every age. We enjoy the blessings of being part of Heavenly Father’s family, and we experience the joys and challenges of being part of an earthly family. And for many, parenthood awaits them in the eternities ahead.” We can impact people for good right now, no matter our circumstance. And, what hope: that eventually many people will get to experience parenthood.

The VT message asks the question, “In what way is our earthly family like our heavenly family?” I know that every earthly family is different and I’d like to answer that question with the ideal. Our earthly family is like our heavenly family in many ways, like: We have parents-a mom and a dad; We have siblings; We love each other; We know each other better than anyone else knows us; We help each other; We care about each other; We want the best for each other; We have fun together. The ideal is my hope, as is the idea that one day we will become heavenly parents to our own heavenly children. Truly, I have great hope and belief in our potential for heavenly parenthood.

I love that we focus on families and being parents. We hope you’ll take a moment this month to think about the gratitude you have for your family and your potential for parenthood.

We love you,
Jade and Taleen

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