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Mothers Doing the Best they Can

Minutes before Sacrament meeting started, I was asked to step in for the chorister unable to make it.  As I sat in the front, looking out into the sparse congregation due to COVID, I saw one person: a mother.   A mother who had witnessed the first marriage of a child the night before.  A mother allowing her two-year old to turn circles in the aisle.  A mother handing off her baby to her mother-in-law so she could take her two-year old out for some reason or another.  A mother sitting alone, most likely because her husband and children were home sick.  A mother whose children have all since grown up, somewhere living their own lives.  A mother who wrestles her children while her husband sits on the stand.  A mother who arrives late with her family in tow, because it’s just been one of those mornings.  A mother who sits between her two daughters, reverently sharing a moment of laughter and smiles together.  I’ve had a thought running through my mind from an Instagram post I saw:  “Behind

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