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    “You are doing God’s work. You are doing it wonderfully well. He is blessing you, and He will bless you, even – no, especially – when your days and your nights may be most challenging. Like the woman who anonymously, meekly, perhaps even with hesitation and some embarrassment, fought her way through the crowd just to touch the hem of the Master’s garment, so Christ will say to the women who worry and wonder and weep over their responsibility as mothers, ‘Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole’. And it will make your children whole as well” (“Because She Is a Mother,” 37).

    -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

    I need validation. We all do. And motherhood often feels like it comes with very little of it. Even if it did I think our overly-critical self examination would render it null and void. Yet somehow, when Elder Holland says that I have been fulfilling my role as a mother ‘wonderfully well’, I believe him. I believe him because I know that the Savior has given me strength beyond my own when I have come to him feeling broken and weary. I know that He accepts my very best efforts and understands the days when my very best effort is nothing more than making sure that my family is fed and clothed. I know that He is perfectly patient and honors his covenant to extend forgiveness to the repentant. I know that He sees my full potential as a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a Daughter of God. I know this because I have felt it, experienced it, been comforted, lifted and healed by it. I know that it is often ‘with hesitation and some embarrassment’ that I fight through my own pride, doubt and imperfections to ask for His help. How comforting it is to know that my timid, uncertain pleas are enough. It is enough because He has taken my load and bears it for me. It is enough because, today, it is my best. I am grateful for moments where I see clearly and see the blessings that I call ‘mine’ and perhaps glimpse the smallest sight of who He truly is and who He knows I can become. It is those times that make me want to keep trying, knowing that He thinks I am doing wonderfully well.

    7 Responses to “Wonderfully Well”

    1. Maryanne says:

      Oh Hil, I love this. You’ve just said it all.

    2. Jessica says:

      It’s hard to read through the tears. Thanks for this beautiful post.

    3. Rozemary says:

      Very beautiful and so true!

    4. Brandy says:

      “It is enough because, today, it is my best.”

      Perfectly expressed, Hil. You are such a beautiful example to me; thank you for that. I sometimes (often) am saddened because I’m not a wife or mother yet, but I think when it does happen for me I’ll have the unfair advantage of the best examples :)

      *kisses*

    5. Hilary says:

      A. You have a wonderful name.
      b. My dad often tells me what an amazing mom I am. I roll my eyes at him and tell him I want to sometimes beat my kids with bats (the soft kind, of course)… he reminds me that being in the trench you have no idea how the war is going. You just keep doin’ what you were doing. I know God has a special place in his heart for moms that work hard at being moms. I think we all have that place (we just never think we belong there).

    6. Brandy says:

      @Hilary
      Great point Hilary; it reminds me of the idea that we can only see a mountain at the foot…when we are climbing it, even if we are almost at the top, it doesn’t look like a mountain, and we can’t see how much we’ve accomplished.

    7. liz says:

      Beautiful, i will print this out and put it on my wall!!