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By Kent Larsen

Every Woman is a Mother Says Sister Dew

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- At the General Relief Society meeting Saturday night, Sister Sheri L. Dew told the audience that every woman is a mother, regardless of whether she has borne children. Sister Dew, second counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told the audience, "Motherhood is more than bearing children. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us." It is, Sister Dew taught, the nature of women to care for others, to "mother" them.

In addition to Sister Dew, speaking at the meeting were Relief Society President Mary Ellen Smoot, first counselor Virginia U. Jensen and President Thomas S. Monson of the LDS Church's First Presidency. All of the speakers focused on the role of mothers and the importance of families.

Sister Dew's remarks went on to reconcile the role of motherhood with the number of women who don't or can't have children, "The Lord's timetable for each of us does not negate our nature. Some of us, then, must simply find other ways to mother." And she suggested that the best way to make a difference in the world is to do just that, "If we really want to make a difference, it will happen as we mother those we have borne, and those we are willing to bear with."

President Smoot added that individual reactions to the recent terrorist attacks show how important families are, "The most frequent sentiment expressed by those directly affected by the recent terrorist attacks, was that all they wanted was to have their family together again." She urged women to prioritize their lives to put family first, "Lucifer is doing all that he can to divert us from those things of first importance," she said. "One of his most effective tools is to convince us that it is impossible to stay centered on spiritual things when the demands of life are so pressing."

The theme of Satan's attack on the family also appeared in Sister Jensen's remarks. "Today, sisters, we are engaged in a fierce battle for the minds, hearts and even the souls of our children, grandchildren and other family members." She went on to urge women to set an example to others, saying "everything we do and say, how we dress, how we spend our time, in all the choices we make we demonstrate what we believe."

President Monson's remarks concluded the meeting. He gave women a three-part guide to being a righteous example. Women, he said, should "first, fill your mind with truth; second, fill your heart with love; third, fill your life with service." To further these ends, he urged women to get an education and stand "steadfast and immovable," rededicating their lives to truth, virtue, love and service.


Be Steadfast Amid Turmoil, LDS Women Are Admonished
Salt Lake Tribune 30Sep01 N1
By Catherine Reese Newton: Salt Lake Tribune

LDS leader: Comfort children
Ogden UT Standard-Examiner 30Sep01 N1
By Amy Nicholson: Standard-Examiner correspondent

LDS women exhorted to remain steadfast
Deseret News 30Sep01 N1
By Carrie A. Moore: Deseret News religion editor

Motherhood stressed at General Relief Society meeting
BYU NewsNet 30Sep01 N1
By Rachel Olsen: NewsNet Staff Writer


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