theory – motherhood, julie beck & vt feb message


I can’t stop thinking about February’s Visiting Teaching Message.  My VT (who I love very much) had come early in the month.  We had a wonderful discussion, as always, and enjoyed discussing our role as women and mothers.  My vt partner was enjoying a vacation with her family for a few weeks, so we went to visit our ladies just last week.  A nice way to think about the invaluable message all month long.

My favorite part of the message was the quote from Sister Julie Beck:

“I have a testimony gained from pondering and studying the scriptures of a plan of happiness given to us by our Father in Heaven. That plan has a part for His daughters. We have the female half to take care of, and if we don’t do our part, no one else is going to do it for us. The half of our Father’s plan that creates life, that nurtures souls, that promotes growth, that influences everything else was given to us. We can’t delegate it. We can’t pass it off to anyone. It’s ours. We can refuse it, we can deny it, but it’s still our part, and we’re accountable for it. There will come a day when we will all remember what we knew before we were born. We will remember that we fought in a great conflict for this privilege. How do we meet this responsibility? We daily put our energies into the work that is uniquely ours to do.”

My favorite statements about our roles in motherhood:

  • we can’t delegate it
  • nor pass it off to anyone
  • it is ours
  • we can refuse it, and deny it, but it is still our part
  • we’re accountable for it
  • we fought for the privilege to be mothers

As I read it to the designer, we were moved by the same statements, and reminded ourselves of the choices we have made, and the impacts these decisions have  made on our children, and will make within our eternal family.  Yes, it’s nice to be different, but even nicer to agree on things that are so important.  🙂

It resonates with my past ponderings on Becoming a Mother who Knows, and I love the constant reminder, guidance, and strength, that helps me rededicate myself to motherhood…such an incredible calling and journey!

10 thoughts on “theory – motherhood, julie beck & vt feb message

  1. Trina,
    Sister Beck’s thought was my favorite part of the VT message for Feb. too. Even though I am not a mother yet I still have those divine qualities and needs put on me. I have to do my part and if it is just to help take care of my neices and nephews then that is wonderful to me.

  2. Brittany,

    Hi lady :). Thanks so much for your comment. You are soo right. Being a mother comes in different ways at different times of our lives. You’ve been preparing and using that part of you for longer than you had a chance to be just a girly. Our kiddos are soo lucky to have you for their Super Aunt. We all love you so much and are so thankful to be a part of your life. Excited to see all you do and become in the next few years! You go girl!

  3. Thanks for this post. I am just going visiting teaching this morning for March and we didn’t get in a February visit. Your post made me also read February’s message and I think I will incorporate it as well. Thanks for your insights which also help me prepare and inspire me.

  4. Julia: luv you too!

    Jessi: Thanks for sharing, hope it went well! The vt messages are just amazing. I feel like each month they are just what I need to fulfill me. They provide that strength and hope to become what I want one day.

  5. Julie,

    Do you ever wonder if Sister Beck knows how much we love and appreciate her? I sure do. My roomies and I used to drive distances to hear Sheri Dew speak…that’s how much I love Julie Beck! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Valerie,
      Oh, how I love Sister Beck. I was such the Sheri Dew groupie when in college, and single, now I’m all about Sister Beck and her motherhood/womanhood wisdom! 🙂

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