Today I pay homage to all the Mamas, including my own mother, who tenderly care for their children, their neighbors, the sick, and everyone else.
One of the plays we perform in Nauvoo called “Just Plain Anna Amanda” tells the story of a young girl who wants to feel important but can’t seem to figure out how to find her self-worth.
Anna Amanda is the protagonist of the play, but her mother is also a pivotal character in her daughter’s development. Mama seems to be an important figure in the community. The beginning of the play establishes that she has some position of authority in a town sociable happening that evening, as she is collecting all the baked goods from the neighbors in her kitchen.
Mama, then, being quite busy that day with the big event in the evening, walks into the living room at the end of the play to find her daughter distressed about her identity and importance.
Now, I’m not sure about you, but when I’m in “get-work-done” mode, especially if I’m in charge of a big event, my first inclination is not usually to have a heart-to-heart with someone to help resolve their insecurities about their self-worth.
But Mama, a wise Relief Society sister, a real pioneer woman, and a true disciple of the Savior, drops all the preparations she has left pending for the sociable and takes her daughter tenderly by the shoulders. Then, in the most gentle way, she asks all the right questions to understand what her daughter is feeling. Then Mama expresses her love and teaches Anna Amanda the true source of self-worth.
The scriptures teach us, “Charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever,” (Moroni 7:47).
We also learn that when teaching others, we should “[show] forth afterwards an increase of love” (D&C 121:43).
Mama follows both of these admonitions in her dealings with her daughter. Other evidence from the play, too, suggests she cares for others in the neighborhood, like a subtle line of dialogue indicating Mama will be taking soup over to a certain Sarah Bridgeforth who is feeling sick.
Today I pay homage to all the Mamas, including my own mother, who tenderly care for their children, their neighbors, the sick, and everyone else. Truly these women are wise Relief Society Sisters, real pioneer women, and true disciples of the Savior.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies… she stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy… she openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
“Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all” (Proverbs 31:10, 20, 26, 29).
To you all and to my own mother I say thank you, and give my blessing!