Mormon Women

by Roy

Mormon-womenPerhaps all of us will agree to the notion that most of the successful men and women in any field anywhere in the world are largely a product of good nurturing and teaching at home. The mother plays a very important role in the home. She is the most effective teacher and nurturer. And with the help of her husband in establishing righteousness in the home, they create an excellent place to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which church is frequently misnamed the “Mormon Church”) shared a story about the essence of motherhood:

The story is told that in ancient Rome a group of women were, with vanity, showing their jewels one to another. Among them was Cornelia, the mother of two boys. One of the women said to her, “And where are your jewels?” To which Cornelia responded, pointing to her sons, “These are my jewels.” Under her tutelage and walking after the virtues of her life, they grew to become Gaius and Tiberius Gracchus—the Gracchi, as they were called—two of the most persuasive and effective reformers in Roman history. For as long as they are remembered and spoken of, the mother who reared them after the manner of her own life will be remembered and spoken of with praise also (“These, Our Little Ones,” Ensign, December 2007).

In God’s Plan of Salvation, a father and a mother have equal responsibilities in building family relationships.

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:18–24).

mormon-woman-and-childIn The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon women are highly valued and are given great care and respect. The Church believes in the capacity of these Mormon women in building righteousness in their own homes as well as in their communities. The Church also, under the direction of the Lord, organized the societies of Mormon women commonly known as the Young Women Organization for women ages 12–17 and the Relief Society Organization for women ages 18 and older to help them develop sisterhood and to teach one another the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, helping each other develop their testimonies of Jesus. In the Relief Society and in the Young Women organizations, women are also taught about their temporal well-being like modesty in dress and action, according to the standard of the Church, home-making skills, and most importantly, about their divine potential as daughters of God.

Elder Douglas L. Callister, one of the Church leaders, shared an experience that illustrates the sweet essence of womanhood:

I once visited briefly with the great actress Audrey Hepburn while she was making the movie My Fair Lady. She spoke of the opening scene in the movie in which she depicted a modest, unpolished flower girl. Her face had been besmirched with charcoal to make her seem part of her surroundings. “But,” she said with a twinkle in her eye, “I was wearing my perfume. Inside I still knew I was a lady.” It doesn’t take expensive perfume to make a lady, but it does require cleanliness, modesty, self-respect, and pride in one’s appearance (“Your Refined Heavenly Home,” BYU Devotional, September 19, 2006).

Mormon women are also actively participating in different righteous acts, whether that be a Church-run activity or a community faith-promoting experience. They strive to follow the examples of Dorcas in the New Testament.

Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive (Acts 9:36–41).

Although people may sometimes forget the face or the name of a person who once served them or helped them in their difficult times, the righteous acts will always be there in their hearts. Mormon women strive to be like their Savior, serving those around them in love and righteousness.

Additional Resources:

Mormon Families

Mormon View of Jesus Christ

RoyRoy Patrick is currently working as a Call Center Agent in the Philippines. He served a full-time mission in San Francisco, CA. His family is one of the pioneers of the LDS Church in Panay Island, Philippines.

Mormons

“Mormons” is a nickname (a misnomer, really) for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  People have nicknamed them “Mormons,” because of a volume of scripture called the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  The Book of Mormon is so named, because an ancient  warrior-prophet named Mormon abridged and compiled the scriptural record of his people, a branch of Israelites that had been led away by God to the Americas.

MormonsMembers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are more properly known as “Latter-day Saints,” to distinguish them from the original followers of Jesus Christ, whom the original apostles called “Saints.”  The LDS Church is the complete restoration of that ancient, original church, with its authority, power, and doctrines intact.  The ancient church of Christ was restored in this way to prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

“Mormons” must not be confused with any reclusive sect, especially a sect that practices polygamy.  Some of these sects call themselves “Mormons,” but they are not.  Most have never been Mormons, and those that have been may have been excommunicated for practicing plural marriage.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had over 14 million members by 2011, all over the world.  It was in that year the fourth largest church in the United States and one of few still growing.  Mormons do not cloister themselves or live on reclusive compounds.  They dress according to the styles of the day in the countries where they live, although they try to be modest in dress.

Mormons stand out for several reasons.  Most noticeable is their abstinence from addictive substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea.  The health law of the Church was given in 1832 by revelation from God to Prophet Joseph Smith.  The introduction to the revelation, now found in Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants, is very enlightening.  It says:  “Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation…(D&C 89:4).  No one knew at the time how dangerous these substances were, or the lengths to which designing men would go to make money from selling these substances.

Mormons tend to be “light-brights.”  They have a squeaky-clean, shiny appearance, partially because of their clean-cut lifestyle, and partly because dedicated members have been blessed with the “gift of the Holy Ghost,” the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit.  This imbues them with light.  A person manifesting this light should have been born again, and will strive to live according to Christ’s example.   He or she should be kind and charitable, approachable no matter how high his/her vocation or calling in life.

Mormons are well-known because of their orientation toward happy family life.  The family is central both to the doctrines and structure of the Church, and all things in the Church are organized toward supporting and uplifting the family.  Mormons tend to have larger families than is common in most modern societies.   They are counseled not to postpone or prevent children from coming into the home for materialistic reasons.  Many Mormons go through advanced education with children in tow.  Family prayer, family home evening, and family scripture reading are part of Mormon family life.  But so are hard work, self-reliance, development of talents, emphasis on education, and good wholesome recreation, part of Mormon family life.   Mormon parents hope their children will grow up to be moral people of integrity and honesty, good citizens, and that they will have had the opportunity to gain an education and develop their talents.  It is important to Mormon parents that children not follow blindly the tenets of the faith, but that they gain their own anchoring spiritual witness that Jesus is the Christ, and that His church has been restored.  In keeping with this witness, devoted Mormon parents raise their children to look forward to eternal marriage in a holy temple, and the possibility of serving a full-time mission for the Church.

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Lately, the “Mormon” Church has launched an ad campaign called “I’m a Mormon” in many U.S. cities and Australia.  The campaign is so you can get to know us better.  Following are a few of the ads.

 

 

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