Honor thy . . . mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Speaking at the April 1988 general conference priesthood session, Elder James E. Faust, then of the Quorum of the Twelve, quoted an earlier First Presidency statement: "Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind" (Messages of the First Presidency, 6:178.)
He then added: "A man who fails to gratefully acknowledge his debt to his own mother who gave him life is insensitive to the Holy Spirit."