Today’s guest post comes to us from Angela Felsted, who is a musician, poet, and nature lover. Her work has appeared in issue fifteen of Drown in Your Own Fears, in Chantarelle’s Notebook, and in Vine Leaves Literary Journal. You can find more of her poetry and prose at www.my-poetry-place.blogspot.com
Considering its sanctity, there is one title that the women of this church rarely use to address a congregation with —that of Mother. But it is with the concern and voice of an all-wise Mother that I speak to you today, my noble sisters.
Man is the most protective of God’s creations. He was created before woman for a profound and important purpose. Of all the handiwork of Jehovah, there is none stronger, none built to shield and provide for women better than a meek son of God who conducts himself in humility and with thoughtful understanding of his godly role, who reveres and esteems his body as an object of divine usefulness, who seeks out education and continually develops the depth of his knowledge, who strengthens his mind with eternal understanding.
We will answer to God if we overlook his sons.
Too many of our brothers are disconsolate, even dispirited, and disenchanted. Others are having serious problems due to their own misguided choices. The devil has let loose a seductive crusade to discredit and put down the sacredness of manhood, to mislead the sons of God and sidetrack them from their celestial purpose. He is well aware that men are the efficient, resilient, protectors who shield and defend righteous women. He would center their goals only on achieving and displaying their accomplishments, cheapening their divine callings as husbands and fathers. He has persuaded many of the falsehood that they are the only ones who hold power in God’s earthly kingdom. This lie has emboldened some to trade their God-given masculinity for feminine vanity.
The rising threat of Satan’s crusade was impressed upon me when in Washington DC I turned my station wagon in front of a BMW filled with rich young men. Their luxury car sped up and cut in front of me, almost hitting my front bumper. The boys expressed their disapproval with a number of crude remarks and offensive gestures. They wore female jewelry—gold watches, sparkling chains around their necks, diamond studs glimmering in their ear lobes, and some had grown their hair out long like a model on the cover of an un-Godly romance novel. My stomach ached. These were sons of heavenly parents. I decided then to take every opportunity to enlist the upright mothers and future mothers in the Kingdom of God to help any young man as deceived and misled as these understand their divine potential.
Sisters, we must have the compassion to help them. I worry that their troubles come as a result of our forgetfulness or sins. As a godly wife, mother, daughter, or sister, each of us has the solemn responsibility to show each son of God the sacred role our Father and Mother in Heaven have given him. Too many are being robbed of the deep, meaningful, humble life that God would have them live. Will you show them what they’re giving up as they are led like trusting sheep by those who, for selfish reasons, would take away their precious manhood? Since it is their temperament to build and to achieve, many men do not understand their divine calling. Loneliness makes them susceptible to those who say their purpose is to make money and flaunt their success.
So many young men trade in their divine characteristics of masculinity, humility, and a protective concern for others for vain and worldly self-aggrandizement. Young women, make it clear to such young men that you won’t date those that can’t prevail over the values of the world. Many flaunt their success and put on sparkling earrings, expensive watches, and gaudy gold chains because they believe it’s what you desire. In kind ways, express how off-putting excess money is to you, a humble young woman, and how it causes unwanted fantasies about security and attachment against your will.
Those young men who embrace their protective role and exhibit humility as a faithful Latter-day Saint are sometimes called “tight wads.” Support them by thanking them for their virtuous example. Express gratitude to them for putting the Lord first in a way that will benefit their future wife and daughters. A number of young men have become worthy again through the help of righteous women. Maybe a number of you could honestly express your worries in a suitable environment like seminary or sacrament meeting. Will you start your own campaign to show young men how loved they are by God and desired by you when they focus on their masculine characteristics and God- given roles of manhood? Perhaps you’ll even mold the spirituality and values of your future husband.
I know what it means to love and cherish a son of God who with humility, provides and protects his family with the complete masculine magnificence of his honorable manhood. As a wife, constantly express to your husband how much you value him. It will cause him immeasurable joy. As a daughter, express to your father how much you value him. It will cause him unspeakable happiness.
Let us be thankful to our Mother in Heaven for Her precious sons. Let us build up their worth. Then let us show every man who questions his divine purpose to pray to his heavenly parents for a spiritual witness of his intrinsic value. I bear my testimony that as every man seeks to draw closer to God, divine direction will lead him to completion, serenity, and an overwhelming bliss through embracing his divinely allotted, sacred manhood.