I was a young girl in the 70s, a teenager in the 80s, and a young mother in the 90s. I have seen a lot of changes when it comes to how women view motherhood and are viewed in the world. I started taking a stand early on. As we were asked what kind of career we wanted in Junior High and High School my reply was always the same. I wanted to be a wife and mother. The reply was, no really what do you want to have as a career? Even then my choice was not a popular one. I have raised a son and two daughters to adulthood and I currently have a 6-year-old girl at home.
“ The Family A Proclamation to the World” made the Church’s position on motherhood quite clear and that council has not changed. President Hinckley stated that he hoped mothers who were working were working for financial necessities like food and clothing and not luxuries like nice cars and such. This position is not a popular one in the world or in many instances for members of the Church. As a mother and as a member of the young women’s presidency I have emphasized this teaching. Yes, it is good for young women to get an education, but do not go deeply into debt doing it. If you are heavily in debt and your husband is heavily in debt once your education is completed then you will have no choice but to work to repay the debt instead of focusing on being a wife and mother. Continue reading