Sister Oscarson’s talk in the General Women’s meeting, “Rise Up in Strength, Sisters in Zion” sparked a lot of dialogue within the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The entire talk was full of powerful council, warnings and doctrine; yet the quote that seemed to garner the most amount of attention was this one:
I truly believe that motherhood is of utmost importance, despite the fact that I experience infertility and will likely never have the blessing of motherhood in this life. Yet, sadly, there are some who murmur when leaders testify of the importance motherhood and eternal marriage. I deeply empathize and mourn with those that mourn as they suffer through the grief of infertility and not being able to have children. And yet, I am unable to murmur with those that murmur against our Church leaders for boldly proclaiming Christ’s doctrine of motherhood and the family.
I deeply understand what it is like to not have the “ideal” family because my husband and I have never been able to have children. Undoubtedly, it can be painful to be childless in a very family centered church. And yet through it all, I have a great love for the doctrine of motherhood and the family. For me, this came by engaging in intense study and prayer. Through this process, I discovered that Christ’s Atonement heals and takes away deep pain in our hearts. His power to replace heartache with hope, peace and joy is nothing short of miraculous. Continue reading