The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the family is the fundamental unit of God’s plan and that motherhood is a sacred calling.
Over the past few years, the Church has shared meaningful messages about women and mothers through videos posted on its YouTube channel.
In honor of Mother’s Day in the United States this Sunday, May 14, here are 12 videos from the Church about the many aspects of motherhood.
1. ‘It Was Mom’
“Every heartbeat began with a mom,” said the description in this video titled, “It Was Mom.” posted May 5, 2022. “We honor the moms who accepted the sleepless nights, sticky walls, and never-ending chorus of, ‘Mom, I’m hungry!’ to raise a happy family.”
2. ‘Mothering My Family and My Community’ — May 7, 2022
A video told by the mother of a baby named Welles, born with Down syndrome, is titled “Mothering My Family and My Community.”
Posted May 7, 2022, the video honors women in all situations of life as they lift and love like Jesus Christ.
3. ‘Finding Peace in Christ as a Single Parent’
As a single parent, Cardin experienced bouts of loneliness while juggling her responsibilities. She felt different from others when she attended school events or Church meetings.
But one moment turned her fears about the future to peace, as shown in this video, “Finding Peace in Christ as a Single Parent,” posted April 23, 2020.
4. ‘You are enough’
This 60-second video, titled “You Are Enough,” depicts mothers taking care of their children inside the home — laughing and crying with them — as well as mothers and women working outside the home.
Phrases of acknowledgement, validation and encouragement that first seem to be directed to the children in turn quickly apply to the women — of varying ages and circumstances — featured in the video posted on May 2, 2019.
5. ‘Just a Mom’
This video, released May 10, 2018, in celebration of Mother’s Day, reminds moms that there is no such thing as being “just a mom.”
Highlighting not only mothers in a traditional sense but also aunts, grandmothers and friends, the video serves as a reminder of the important role mothers play in society.
6. ‘Make a Mother’s Day Happy’
A video posted May 1, 2015, prompted people to post a social media with the hashtag, #TimeForMom.
“Make a Mother’s Day Happy” showed different ways from crafting and yard projects, to baking, to just spending time together, how people can express their love for their mothers.
7. ‘You Never Know How Much Good You Do’
“How many things did you get checked off your ‘to- do’ list today?” asks the description to this video, posted Sept. 18, 2014.
“You might worry about the things you never get done, but President Gordon B. Hinckley reminds us, ‘You never know how much good you do.’”
8. ‘A Mother’s Hope: Overcoming Fear Through Faith and Hope In God’
When President Uchtdorf was a young child, his mother fled Germany with him and his siblings toward the end of World War II. Her example on a train ride became the message in the video, “A Mother’s Hope: Overcoming Fear Through Faith and Hope In God.”
9. ‘Mary, the Mother of Jesus’
Mary was highly favored of God and chosen to be the mother of Jesus Christ. Her humility, devotion and strength stand as a model for all Christian disciples.
10. ‘Love Her Mother’
The video, “Love Her Mother,” outlines how a father can raise a happy, well-adjusted daughter in today’s increasingly toxic world.
The message posted on May 9, 2012, is taken from then-Young Women General President Elaine S. Dalton’s October 2011 general conference address.
11. ‘Motherhood: An Eternal Partnership with God’
The video “Motherhood: An Eternal Partnership with God,” posted June 29, 2010, shares Elder Holland’s encouraging tribute to mothers who, through both challenges and accomplishments, work in partnership with God to raise His children.
12. ‘Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!’
Teenagers talk about the wonderful things their mothers do in this video from May 7, 2009, titled, “Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!”
The video description said, “This Mother’s Day, let your mom know how special she is. Share this video with your mother and express your love.”