Mary (Mother of Jesus)

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“Mary was ‘a precious and chosen vessel,’ called by God to give birth to, nurture, and raise the very Son of God. She knew more about Him than anyone else on earth. She knew the truth of His miraculous birth. She knew that He was sinless and that He ‘spake not as other men, neither could he be taught; for he needed not that any man should teach him.’ Mary knew of His extraordinary capacity to solve problems, including one as personal as providing wine for a wedding feast. She had unshakable confidence in Him and in His divine power. Her simple, straightforward instruction to the servants had no caveats, no qualifications, no limitations: ‘Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.’
 
“Mary had been a young woman when the angel Gabriel appeared unto her. At first she had been ‘troubled’ by being called ‘highly favoured’ and ‘blessed … among women … and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.’ Gabriel reassured her that she had nothing to fear—the news he brought was good. She would ‘conceive in [her] womb … the Son of the Highest’ and ‘bring forth a son … [who] shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever.’
 
“Mary wondered aloud, ‘How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?’
 
“The angel explained but only briefly, affirming to her that ‘with God nothing [is] impossible.’
 
“Mary humbly responded that she would do what God asked, without demanding to know specifics and undoubtedly in spite of having countless questions about the implications for her life. She committed herself without exactly understanding why He was asking that of her or how things would work out. She accepted God’s word unconditionally and in advance, with little knowledge of what lay ahead. With simple trust in God, Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.’ ”
 
L. Whitney Clayton, Presidency, Quorum of the Seventy
Whatsoever He Saith unto You, Do It,” April 2017 General Conference

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“To Mother Eve, to Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel, to Mary of Nazareth, and to a Mother in Heaven, I say, ‘Thank you for your crucial role in fulfilling the purposes of eternity.’ ”
 
Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Behold Thy Mother,” October 2015 General Conference

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“I love the example we have in the first chapter of Luke which describes the sweet relationship between Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her cousin Elisabeth. Mary was a young woman when she was informed of her remarkable mission to be the mother of the Son of God. Initially it must have seemed to be a heavy responsibility to bear alone. It was the Lord Himself who provided Mary with someone to share her load. Through the message of the angel Gabriel, Mary was given the name of a trusted and sympathetic woman to whom she could turn for support—her cousin Elisabeth.

“This young maiden and her cousin, who was ‘well stricken in years,’ shared a common bond in their miraculous pregnancies, and I can only imagine how very important the three months they spent together were to both of them as they were able to talk together, empathize with each other, and support one another in their unique callings. What a wonderful model they are of feminine nurturing between generations.”

Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President
Sisterhood: Oh, How We Need Each Other,” April 2014 General Conference

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“Notwithstanding this preeminence given the creation of woman, she has so frequently through the ages been relegated to a secondary position. She has been putdown. She has been denigrated. She has been enslaved. She has been abused. And yet some few of the greatest characters of scripture have been women of integrity, accomplishment, and faith.

“We have Esther, Naomi, and Ruth of the Old Testament. We have Sariah of the Book of Mormon. We have Mary, the very mother of the Redeemer of the world. We have her as the chosen of God, described by Nephi as ‘a virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other virgins.’

“She it was who carried the child Jesus into Egypt to save His life from the wrath of Herod. She it was who nurtured Him in His boyhood and young manhood. She stood before Him when His pain-wracked body hung upon the cross on Calvary’s hill. In His suffering He said to her, ‘Woman, behold thy son!’ And to His disciple in a plea that he care for her, He said, ‘Behold thy mother!’.

“Crossing through His life we have Mary and Martha, and Mary of Magdala. She it was who came to the tomb that first Easter morning. And to her, a woman, He first appeared as the resurrected Lord. Why is it that even though Jesus placed woman in a position of preeminence, so many men who profess His name fail to do so?”

Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church
The Women in Our Lives,” October 2004 General Conference

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“As we think of women whose righteous influence ripples through eternity, let us consider Mary, the ‘precious and chosen vessel.’ Presented by an angel with an unprecedented, holy pronouncement, she graciously submitted to the will of the Lord: ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.’ Her faith, obedience, and humility set a standard for all women.”

Virginia U. Jensen, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Ripples,” October 2000 General Conference

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“We, like Mary, Eve, Sarah, and Emma, are unique. We have ripples to make and water to share. Given our eternal heritage, we must remember how powerfully our simple, righteous actions can ripple through the hearts and homes of those around us. We have such a great opportunity to do so much good…”

Virginia U. Jensen, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Ripples,” October 2000 General Conference

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“Seek to know the will of the Lord in your life, and then say, as did that wonderful exemplar Mary, the mother of Jesus, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.’ (Luke 1:38)”

Howard W. Hunter, President, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
To the Women of the Church,” October 1992 General Conference

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“Mary, mother of our Redeemer, was the perfect example of complete submission to the will of God. (See Luke 1:38.) She kept confidences. (See Luke 2:19.) In faith, she endured grief. (See John 20:11.)”

Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Woman—Of Infinite Worth,” October 1989 General Conference

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“Mary, the mother of our Savior, was of most modest circumstances, yet she knew well her responsibility and took joy in it. Remember her humble exclamation to her cousin Elisabeth: ‘He hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.’ (Luke 1:48; italics added.) Her strength was inward, not from outward material things.”

Ezra Taft Benson, President, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
The Honored Place of Woman,” October 1981 General Conference

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“We stand in awe at Mary’s assignment to be the mother of the Lord, but we, too, have been called to mother gods.”

Mary F. Foulger, Relief Society General Board
Motherhood and the Family,” October 1980 General Conference

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“We stand in awe at Mary’s assignment to be the mother of the Lord, but we, too, have been called to mother gods. Latter-day Saint women understand that the very purpose of creation depends upon our participation as earthly mothers to the spirit children of God. As it is his work and his glory to bring his children unto eternal life, it is also our work and our glory as mothers. That it is work, no mother will deny. That it is glory, our Father’s greatest promises concern themselves with joy in posterity.”

Mary F. Foulger, Relief Society General Board member
Motherhood and the Family,” October 1980 General Conference

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“Mary had recently received the blessed visitation of the angel who revealed her special role in the ‘good news and glad tidings’ our Father in Heaven had planned for us. She was to be the mother of Jesus Christ, our Savior! The scriptures record only a small portion of the dialogue between Mary and her heavenly visitor. But Mary’s expressions of joy to her cousin Elisabeth tell us that the blessed plan of salvation was unfolded and she understood the role she would play. Her loving response was, ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God, my Savior’ (Luke 1:46–47).

“At that moment Mary committed her life to bringing our Savior into mortality, and we as Latter-day Saints know that he had already committed his life unto death for us. When we as women and our girls as daughters of our Heavenly Father fully understand this, then the gospel of Jesus Christ becomes not a religion of habit but one of commitment. This commitment can then release us from the bondage of fear and confusion and hesitation in which we sometimes find ourselves in these difficult times. We can only be as strong as we must be when we are truly committed.”

Naomi M. Shumway, Primary General President
Teaching Our Little Women,” October 1979 General Conference

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“What greater conversation of anticipation has there been than that of Elisabeth and Mary when also the babe in Elisabeth leaped in recognition of Mary?”

Neal A Maxwell, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
The Women of God,” April 1978 General Conference

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“Just as certain men were foreordained from before the foundations of the world, so were certain women appointed to certain tasks. Divine design—not chance—brought Mary forward to be the mother of Jesus.”

Neal A. Maxwell, Presidency of the Seventy
The Women of God,” April 1978 General Conference

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“In the interior of our consciousness, each of us has a private hall of fame reserved exclusively for the real leaders who have influenced the direction of our lives…

“In our selection of heroes, let us nominate also heroines…

“I speak of Mary of Nazareth, espoused to Joseph, destined to become the mother of the only sinless man to walk the earth. Her acceptance of this sacred and historic role is a hallmark of humility. ‘And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.’ (Luke 1:38.) Surely Mary qualifies.”

Thomas S. Monson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
My Personal Hall of Fame,” October 1974 General Conference

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