History: Grace Davis

Martin Luther has said:

“When Eve was brought unto Adam, he became
filled with the Holy Spirit and gave her the
most sanctified, the most glorious appellations.
He called her Eve. That I smother. He did not call
her wife, but simply Mother — Mother of all
living creatures. In this consists the glory and most
precious ornament of women.”

President David O. McKay tells us:

“Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for
good or ill in human life. The mother’s image is the first
that stamps itself on the unwritten page of a young
child’s mind. It is her caress that first realization of affection;
her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that
there is love in the world. True, there comes a time when
Father takes his place as exemplar and hero of the growing
boy and in the latter’s budding ambition to develop manly traits,
he outwardly seems to turn from the more gentle and
tender virtues engendered by his mother. Yet that
ever-directing and restraining influence implanted during that
first years of his childhood linger with him and permeate
his thoughts and memory as distinctively as perfume
clings to each particular flower.

“In more than one instance in his life of fiery youth, this
lingering influence has proved a safeguard in the hour
of temptation — an influence greater in its restraining power
than the threat of the law of the land, the ostracism of
society, or the fear of violating a command of God. In a
moment of youthful recklessness the youth might defy one
or all of these forces, and so what his hot-blood bade, but
at the critical moment, the flash of a mother’s confiding
trust, the realization of her sorrow if he fail to be true to
it have given him power to refrain from indulgence that
might blight his entire career.”

-The End-

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