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Readings for Mother's Day

Readings for Mother's Day

BYU Studies has published articles, essays, and poems on Mother’s Day. Here is a selection. We hope these publications uplift and edify all women.

Personal essay: "The Color of Love," Mari E. Jorgensen, BYU Studies 42:3-4
I'm sitting on an antique chair in my bathroom giving my four-year- old's daughter one of her usual marathon baths when she cries, "Look, Mommy!" Glee lighting her face, she holds up both hands, palms out, so that I can see their pale, puckered skin. "I'm getting whiter!" she cries. "Pretty soon, when I grow up, I'll be white all over—like you!" I gaze into the sweet, eager face of my child. I stare at her, stunned. All parents, I tell myself, have known moments like these. Moments when we feel infinitely ill-equipped to answer a question, respond to a comment made by a person who is purportedly less experienced, less intellectually developed than ourselves—a person over whom we have been given stewardship but who nonetheless holds it so easily within his or her power to throw us for a loop.

Article: "'But Then Face to Face': Culture and Doctrine in Eight Pregnancy Narratives," Angela Ashurst-McGee, BYU Studies 36:2
These pregnancy narratives tell of pregnancy and motherhood as experienced by eight Mormon women. Themes of augmented empowerment during pregnancy, greater agency, increased charity, and transcended stereotypes are present in each narrative.

Book Review: "The First Fifty Years of Relief Society," reviewed by Karen Lynn Davidson
The First Fifty Years of Relief Society rises to high scholarly standards in every way, with its broad research, meticulous transcriptions, inviting and thorough introductions, and accessible reference materials. Half a century unfolds in this book as we trace the Relief Society from its modest beginnings in Nauvoo to its much-expanded and influential role in the West.

Book Review: "Mormon Women in Memoir," (reviews of six memoir books) reviewed by Angela Hallstrom
Mormon women have been particularly diligent writers of personal history, and their words have helped to preserve a nuanced, multifaceted representation of what it means to be a female Latter-day Saint.