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    Default Dear Momma, You Are Appreciated

    I'm a little interested hearing about how your ward has chosen to celebrate motherhood today. This can include talk topics, relief from callings, and of course any given treats.

    And for those that didn't attend any sort of worship service today, feel free to brag about your own efforts

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    Youth talk #1 - I love my mom!
    Youth talk #2 - ditto!

    Adult #1 (lady in her 50s) - So glad for stay at home moms!

    Intermediate hymn

    Adult #2 (lady's husband) - hooray for moms! "It's in your nature to nuture"

    Snack of assorted chocolates, handed out be deacons, at end of sacrament.
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    During the Relief Society block, the Relief Society presidency arranges a brunch (all the stops... homemade sweet rolls, egg dish, fruits, juices... you name it). I'm not sure why the Relief Society does this to itself, but it's the way things happen in our ward.

    Then there are talks about mother in Sacrament meeting. (The adult men all used emasculating descriptions of males this year. Either men are stupid. Or lazy. Or bumbling. Without women, we are a complete mess. Etc.)

    The primary sings some songs about mothers. (The true highlight of the day.)

    Another adult talk about mothers.

    Decorative baggie thingie with treats handed out to moms (any woman over the age of 18) after sacrament meeting.

    The end.

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    Nice thread title. I think I'm going to send it to my mom as a tribute today.

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    I saw someone post on CB this morning that they were speaking in Sacrament meeting today and were told specifically not to mention mothers. I bet that was a sweet meeting for all those moms.

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    I worked last night. I have 9 am church. This is a bad combination because the hour available for sleep in between isn't at all refreshing, so more and more often, I've just been skipping when I work the night before. The thought of my wife alone in Mothers Day Sacrament was a bit much, even for me (I'm not past feeling yet!), so I came home, made breakfast in bed and drug my butt through it.

    My efforts were rewarded. It was a very nice meeting. The two youth speakers gave the standard "I love my mom" talks. A woman in the primary presidency gave a very heartfelt and honest assessment of motherhood that included only one cringeworthy moment about her decision to leave work and stay at home with her kids (it was not very delicately put), but also included some nice thoughts on feelings of inadequacy and not comparing our "behind the scenes" with others' "front and center" selves. One of my favorite guys in the ward, a former bishop who spoke up in the Emma Smith lesson with "I don't see that anyone who is judging Emma has a chance in hell of making it himself", spoke next, by his account for the third (and last) Mother's Day in a row (how does this happen--to multiple people? Someone must be doing this intentionally, right? PAC draws the straw 5 times in a row?). He spoke...diplomatically?... of his mother--"while she was a lot of fun, she wasn't a lot like other mothers"--but then finished with "While we all have our own story, God gives us what we need". My niece needed to hear this. She and I had a big discussion the other day about her not wanting to come to church anymore because she feels judged all the time, among other things; she hates Mothers Day especially because of her history. I think this was good for her to hear.

    Overall, it struck a nice balance between honoring mothers and not idealizing them. Nice job.
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    Our ward historically has tried to be super diplomatic about Mother's Day.

    This year:
    2 YW on topics of their own choosing, one spoke on music and dance, the other on the word of wisdom.

    2 men spoke on the topic of how we can show our appreciation for Mothers and women by our actions.

    Primary sang two Mother's Day songs.

    Chocolate for all women over 18.

    I think they did pretty well at acknowledging the special day without making anyone feel bad about it.
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    Ours went OT because we did a combo Mothers Day tribute and missionary farewell. The order of business:

    Primary did the usual sing/shout of "Mother I Love You"

    Four youth speakers--the first three held forth on "Mothers are good"; the fourth spoke on how one prepares for a mission (wth?)

    Ward choir performed "A Marvelous Work"

    Departing sister missionary wrapped things up with a very good and entertaining talk, "When I saw I had been called to England I was SO excited as there's no place I'd rather be going, but I would have been excited even if I had been called to Idaho."

    Post-benediction handouts of See's chocolate miniboxes to all women >18

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    Oh, I forgot! They caught women on the way in with Almond Toblerones! Those are good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post

    Post-benediction handouts of See's chocolate miniboxes to all women >18

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    Apparently the bishopric forgot that it was Mothers Day. The women were not happy. The 2nd counselor, who is an oddity in and of himself, made it better by explaining to the relief society that when Fathers Day comes around the men will relieve the women in their classes so that the women can enjoy time together and some homemade treats WTF!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FN Phat View Post
    Apparently the bishopric forgot that it was Mothers Day. The women were not happy. The 2nd counselor, who is an oddity in and of himself, made it better by explaining to the relief society that when Fathers Day comes around the men will relieve the women in their classes so that the women can enjoy time together and some homemade treats WTF!
    Double fail.
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    Youth Speaker: I love my mom, she's so important
    Adult Speaker: Women are important. If you don't have kids you can follow the example of my wife, who when we had issues conceiving became a pediatric nurse, accepted callings in the primary, and and did a lot of babysitting for friends, family, and new mothers in the ward. She has since been blessed with four beautiful children.

    Primary kids sing "Love is Spoken Here" third verse round failed horribly so they repeated it.

    Adult Speaker: Mothers are so special they don't need the priesthood.

    all women over 18 received a dove chocolate bar.
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    Youth speaker one: Moms are the best. Everyone loves moms.
    Youth speaker two: My mom is the best, especially over the past six months as my dad is dying of cancer and my mom has been a rock. Chapel is full of tears and love for his mom.
    Primary: Mommy Dear I Love You So
    Adult Speaker: Teachings of moms, mingled with scripture.
    Mom Gift: Full on brunch during third hour for all females 12 and up while men babysat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    Youth speaker one: Moms are the best. Everyone loves moms.
    Youth speaker two: My mom is the best, especially over the past six months as my dad is dying of cancer and my mom has been a rock. Chapel is full of tears and love for his mom.
    Primary: Mommy Dear I Love You So
    Adult Speaker: Teachings of moms, mingled with scripture.
    Mom Gift: Full on brunch during third hour for all females 12 and up while men babysat.
    All females 12 and up? On Mothers Day? Seems like a bad message to be sending young girls...

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    What my Mormon mother taught me about God

    I see real divinity in the determination to do, whatever the opposition, or not to do, whatever the incentive. Because we surely can’t be our selves, our true and fully realized selves, if we bow to social pressure, follow convenient conventions, and do what we’re told. One of the things that makes God must be that his or her faith resides solely in himself. Or herself.

    That’s another of those cheeky ideas of early Mormonism that keeps me Mormon and makes a great Mother’s Day message: there are lots of gods and at least half of them are women.

    No doubt. One of them is my mom.
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    I won the primary pool by having the nose picker and the microphone player both come from my family. Good times.

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    We went to hear my in-laws speak on mother's day.

    My MIL shared 20 minutes worth of: I'm smart, talented, kind, thoughtful and hard working - the other 30 seconds were giving credit to her mom, g-ma, and great g-ma for passing those things down.

    My FIL shared 20 minutes of telling how many times he has survived death (military service, etc) how he sacrificed to send money home while he was in the service, how he took care of his dad while he was dying, how many important callings he's had in the church, that he and my MIL have been on 5 missions - I think he mentioned his mom somewhere in all that, but I'm not sure. Oh yes, she paid tithing on the money he sent home.

    In case any of you were still wondering, yes my in-laws are amazing. Just ask them.

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    The lady that supplies the flowers did not bring them 3 years ago and the Bishopric was left looking like heels. Luckily she came through this week and they looked great.

    Youth Speaker: All women should be honored. Women who have not had kids, or have never married are still mothers in their own way.

    Adult Speaker: mothers of 2000 stripling warriors

    Primary: Grandmother song, Mother I love you

    Adult speaker: Can't remember details but was very touching. Made a special note of those that have lost little ones or that have given their children up for adoption.

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    Youth speaker: I love my mom (cried through most of it)
    Youth speaker: Moms are great and so is seminary
    Primary: Mother I Love you (complete with sign language)
    Adult speaker: Motherhood is important, mothers make a difference in the world, be proud of being a mother
    Adult speaker (stake patriarch): We have a Heavenly Mother who loves and cares for us (multiple BRM quotes to back this up as well as a reading of O My Father). Moms are great. All women are great.
    Small box, which contained a large chocolate item, passed out to all women over 18.

    As you can tell, it was a great program. No complaints yet, at least not that I know of. My bishop tends to strike the right cord with pretty much everyone.
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    Youth Speaker 1: Don't recall. Mom definitely mentioned.
    Youth Speaker 2: Ditto
    Departing Sister Missionary: My 3-year old said she "looks like Brave." Actually a spot-on doppleganger observation by my youngest. Going to Houston, TX. Amusingly started her talk mentioning she was all loaded up on ephedrine, "which is used for cooking meth."
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    High Councilor: Read Boyd K. Packer's 1991 Conference Address, "Reverence Invites Revelation." Those who can't get enough BKP can find it here: http://www.lds.org/general-conferenc...ation?lang=eng. Some good insights into who should escort out a noisy child, using thee/thine instead of you/your, and psychedlic rock music!
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    I made Mrs. Meanie an omelette for breakfast and did the dishes. That was it for my Mother's Day efforts. Oh yeah, I gave a foot rub and back rub at the end of the day.

    Yesterday was High Council Sunday. The program went as follows:

    • Primary - Sang "Mother I Love You" to the tune of "Teach Me To Walk In The Light". I hate how people feel like they need to do stupid schlock they find on Sugardoodle.net just to be different and "cute". Barf. What's wrong with the old standbys?
    • Returning missionary from some other ward in the stake - talked about his mission. Did a pretty good job but talked for a long time.
    • Young Women - Sang "Walk Tall, You're a Daughter of God" which the church says is a camp song. Not sure why it was on the program but it wasn't bad. My oldest accompanied.
    • High Councillor - Wasn't left with much time. Started off talking about missionary work and then I quit paying attention once he started going over time.



    The ladies got a cupcake at the end of the 3-hour block. Sacrament Mtg. comes first so all the "go home after Sacrament Mtg" types got screwed on the cupcake. Last year we did the "men take all the primary classes so women can attend Relief Society" thing but this year we didn't - it was business as usual.

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    We had testimony meeting yesterday (Stake Conference last week), and nothing was passed out since it's a singles ward.
    Not that, sickos.

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    As usual, we missed Sacrament meeting, so I can't speak for topics. Not even sure if the primary yelled at everyone for a couple minutes and we have two kids in primary. For the third hour, all of the YM/YW covered the primary classes so that all were available to attend relief society. All sisters were greated at the RS door with an embrace from the RS President.

    After Sacrament meeting, all moms and potential moms were given some sort of mediocre chocolate in a fancy box. In RS they were given a little bag of 5 Hershey's Kisses and a bar of fancy soap. Apparently for the RS lesson, they brought in a heavy hitter from Utah who has 6 kids to remind everyone how fantastic motherhood always is.

    I fixed the Mrs. breakfast and dinner, provided her a nap, did all the dishes and pretty much everything. The highlight of the day was when we laid down at 10:30 and she tells me, "It would have been nice to at least gotten a little note from you."

    Wait. What?! Now, leading up to Mom's Day, we had talked a lot about expectations. She has been conducting a fair amount of spending and we agreed that she was covered in the gift compartment. But the card was something that hadn't been discussed. But there's no way I'd ever screw that one up. And I hadn't. Apparently, she had been so distracted this morning when she was going through the stack of cards that the kids had made her by the fact that our five year old had addressed them all with my wife's name instead of "Mom" that she had never noticed my card at the bottom of the stack. Crisis averted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-ute View Post
    As usual, we missed Sacrament meeting, so I can't speak for topics. Not even sure if the primary yelled at everyone for a couple minutes and we have two kids in primary. For the third hour, all of the YM/YW covered the primary classes so that all were available to attend relief society. All sisters were greated at the RS door with an embrace from the RS President.

    After Sacrament meeting, all moms and potential moms were given some sort of mediocre chocolate in a fancy box. In RS they were given a little bag of 5 Hershey's Kisses and a bar of fancy soap. Apparently for the RS lesson, they brought in a heavy hitter from Utah who has 6 kids to remind everyone how fantastic motherhood always is.

    I fixed the Mrs. breakfast and dinner, provided her a nap, did all the dishes and pretty much everything. The highlight of the day was when we laid down at 10:30 and she tells me, "It would have been nice to at least gotten a little note from you."

    Wait. What?! Now, leading up to Mom's Day, we had talked a lot about expectations. She has been conducting a fair amount of spending and we agreed that she was covered in the gift compartment. But the card was something that hadn't been discussed. But there's no way I'd ever screw that one up. And I hadn't. Apparently, she had been so distracted this morning when she was going through the stack of cards that the kids had made her by the fact that our five year old had addressed them all with my wife's name instead of "Mom" that she had never noticed my card at the bottom of the stack. Crisis averted.
    Whew. That last paragraph had me on the edge of my seat.

    Is Schr-ute really that clueless? Did he sleep on the couch? Is a visit to the Dr. Phil show in his future?

    What a great ending.
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    I told him he was a goddamn Nazi Stormtrooper.

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    Nice! I like that one.

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    Thank you, that is awesome.

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    I was surprised by how vocal some of the women in the ward are about how they dislike the mothers day celebrations at church. Someone told me "kids talking about how they have the perfect mother, meanwhile I only got one mothers day wish from my 4 kids." Used to be that the mothers would just try harder for perfection and take anti-depressants. Now its coming out in the open. It was great to see this article on LDS.org: The Idea of Mothers In Zion Made Me Mad Until I Learned what it Meant.

    https://www.lds.org/blog/the-idea-of...LOG_xLIDyL2-2_

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