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I wouldn’t say the purpose of women is to bear children.  I would say that the purpose of women is to prepare themselves and those around them for the blessings of exaltation.  The blessings of exaltation include motherhood as a very large and central part.

It so happens that part of some women’s preparation includes giving life to children and keeping life in children and making life beautiful for children.  There are other ways to prepare for the blessings of exaltation.  What are they?  Look at the righteous women around you.  They are doing it.

Every woman has a different amount of time before they have children.  Some have their first child at 14, some at 24, some at 34, some later, some even after death.  Consider a woman with ten children, her first born when she was 20.  Is she done having children?  No, “10” is not the same as “innumerable as the sands of the sea.” In the eternities, “0 children” and “10 children” are a whole lot closer together than we think here on earth.  They are certainly closer together than “10” and “innumerable.”  Statistically speaking, we are all childless.  We really have not even begun our eternal work of giving life.

So forgive us if we say that the most important thing a woman will do in her life is raise children.  That is true.  Let’s not forget that life doesn’t end at death.  Neither does it end with fertility. Grandmothers are not “done having children.”  Infertile women are not “done having children.” Women attracted on this earth to other women are not “done having children.”  Dead women are not “done having children.”

Women who are not mothers have not failed at the purpose of their life.

If you are preparing for the blessings of exaltation, you are not failing.

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