I'll start off by saying I love the brethren dearly.
I loved Elder Holland's talk on the sacrifices of a mother.
What I would like to point out is that while there are widowed mothers out there making huge sacrifices to raise their kids on their own, there are also childless widows who have made a sacrifice no one ever mentions:
Widows have been called upon by the Lord to sacrifice their marriages, putting them on hold for the remainder of their mortal lives, while their eternal companions do the Lord's work on the other side.
Some of these widows, like myself, have also been called upon by the Lord to set aside our righteous desires of having children and raising them.
At Church about a month ago, the ugliness of some of the sisters in Relief Society came out when the sacrifices of Motherhood was the basis of the lesson.
They started off by giving a quote from Sister Sherry Dew on how all women are "mothers in Zion".
When I mentioned the sacrifices childless women make, many of whom become the family caregivers for elderly family members, I was shot down by the sisters in the room, telling me I have no idea what sacrifice is, as I don't have children.
So much for "all women" being "mothers in Zion".
Apparently, they have forgotten that Jesus Christ didn't give birth to a child, does that mean He doesn't know what sacrifice is?
The sad part is that there are people out there who are seriously misguided in this. Everyone has their Gethsemane.
For some, it's the challenges and sacrifices associated with raising children, and having them know they are loved and accepted, just the way they are.
For others, it appears, is a lack of tact.