Meet little Thea. I know you have already met her but meet her again! Isn’t she just darling?
The mitochondrial DNA she carries has been passed down from mother to daughter for thousands of years. But that is not all that links us together.
Thea has now become part of a long-line of faith filled and faithful women.
Strong women who have had to persevere through hardships of all sorts.
Gentle women who know how to soothe a crying child.
Praying women who believe the Lord will provide.
Working women who lose themselves in service to family, friends, and strangers.
The years between innocent infant to a woman weathered with age and experience hold countless tales, some recorded, most not. Instead they are kept captive in hearts who have loved, been broken, hurt deeply, expanded joyfully, and watched. Just watched and wondered at this glorious experience called life.
“We ask again thy blessing on the women in all the land, that they may accomplish the measure of their creation as daughters of God, Thy offspring. Let the blessings of Sarah, Huldah, Hannah, Anna, and Mary the mother of the Son of God, bless these women to fulfill their duties as did Mary. . . and let the power and satisfactions of the prophetesses and holy women rest upon these mothers as they move forward to fulfill their destinies.” (Spencer W. Kimball, “The Prayer of Rededication,” Church News 15 Nov. 1975)
I realize how unique our situation is to have five generations and not just four. My grandmother will be 95 in just a few weeks. My mother is her eighth child out of twelve. The fact that I married young and that my oldest is also married and now has her first makes this all possible. We could not pass up the blessed opportunity to be together and record this unforgettable gathering of generations. From 1921 to 2016 there has been a lot of living and loving!
“To all of our mothers everywhere, past, present, or future, I say, “Thank you. Thank you for giving birth, for shaping souls, for forming character, and for demonstrating the pure love of Christ.” To Mother Eve, to Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel, to Mary of Nazareth, and to a Mother in Heaven, I say, “Thank you for your crucial role in fulfilling the purposes of eternity.” To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle—and all will—I say, “Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are. In fact, you are saviors on Mount Zion, and like the Master you follow, your love ‘never faileth.’” I can pay no higher tribute to anyone.” (Jeffrey R. Holland, Behold Thy Mother, Oct 2015)