Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day.....the most popular post ....

Well, I am looking forward to tomorrow....when I get to "Skype" with my Missionary Son...I Can't Wait!!!!

Last year, I wrote the following post about the history of Mother's Day. This post, by far, is the most viewed.  Just this week, nearly 9,000 folks have viewed it.  (Addendum, as of 6:00 p.m. on Mother's Day, over 15,000 have viewed it).  So, in view of the holiday, and because this post has reached so many, I will repost this article on Mother's Day.

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mothers and Grandmothers!

(From 2011)

Mother's Day has unique beginnings from early Egyptian and Roman Goddesses.  England celebrated a "Mothering Day" that the English Settlers chose not to celebrate, most likely because everyday was just a struggle in survival.

More recently, Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamaition of 1870 began the holiday we know as Mother's Day in American.  There were efforts to make July the 4th Mother's Day, but that was soundly defeated.  Another American woman,Anna M. Jarvis proposed a  Mother's Day in 1908 to remember the service of her own mother.   It was associated with her church congregation, and white carnations were given out as they were the favorite flower of her mother.   Through her efforts, President Woodrow Wilson signed Mother's Day into an national observance by 1914.

Despite how you feel about your feel about the commercialization of Mother's Day, consider the demands that you have made on your mother when you were influenced the commercialization of your childhood.  She deserves all the wonderful things you care to share.

Happy Mother's Day to every kind and worthy mother.  I will end with the wonderful words from Elder Faust:

“There is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation”

James E. Faust, Ensign, Aug. 2004, 3

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