Around Mother’s Day I picked up a small book at my local Seagull Book (a discount LDS books and merchandise chain). I was about two and a half months into this LDS motherhood blogging gig and the title immediately caught my attention: Mother to Mother: Lessons from Our Sisters in the Scriptures. The book’s author, Ganel-Lyn Condie, shares timeless insights about what she calls our scripture sisters.
A Scripture Mother Luncheon
Sister Condie dreams of having a luncheon with our scripture sisters and sharing all of our experiences with motherhood. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
This got me thinking about the gatherings I’ve attended where women of all backgrounds, ethnicities, family size, and even religion have connected over the topic of motherhood. As aunts, grandmothers, teachers, neighbors, and yes, as mothers too, we share how we mother and how motherhood has impacted our lives.
“The fact of the matter is, we really and truly need each other. Women naturally seek friendship, support, and companionship. We have so much to learn from one another, and we often let self-imposed barriers keep us from enjoying associations which could be among the greatest blessings in our lives.”
-Bonnie L. Oscarson “Sisterhood: Oh, How We Need Each Other,” April 2014
Types of Mom Friends
When you get a group of women together you are undoubtedly going to quickly see your many similarities and differences. You may also have a stereotype you put a mother into based on her age, family size, or parenting style.
No woman can fit into a stereotypical mold, but when I ask if there is a difference between a mother of all boys and a mother of all girls, a lot of us might say yes. Or think about your stereotype of a mother who homeschools compared to a mother who serves as the PTA president. Then there is the mom who always seems to look amazing no matter what errands she’s been running and the mom who has 3 kids still in diapers. Then there is the mom who bakes her own bread and the mom who actually knows what macros are.
The bottom line is: we’re all different. But we all have one vital thing in common – we hope we’re getting this motherhood thing right.
Learning from Each Other
That’s why I love the premise of Sister Condie’s book. She shows that through vastly different life experiences, backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and more that these scripture mothers can still teach us. We don’t have to be the bread-making mom to relate to the Widow of Zarephath who made the soul-wrenching decision to feed a stranger instead of feeding her hungry son. We don’t have to send our adolescent sons off to war to relate to the Anti-Nephi-Lehi mothers who treasured their covenants.
Right where we are, as we are today, we can connect to our sisters in the scriptures if we but make the effort to seek out their stories.
Scripture Mothers Series
With Sister Condie’s book as a loose guide, I’ll be starting a Scripture Mother’s blog post series. Each month I will share my insights as I study one of our scripture mothers. I hope you’ll join me by commenting on these posts, sharing them with friends and family, and – most important to me – digging into the scriptures with me.
If you could pick one scripture mother to chat with, who would you choose?