The Highest Calling

Widow Kirby and her children–the little guy on the bottom left…is my dad.

“During my professional career as a doctor of medicine, I was occasionally asked why I chose to do that difficult work. I responded with my opinion that the highest and noblest work in this life is that of a mother. Since that option was not available to me, I thought that caring for the sick might come close. I tried to care for my patients as compassionately and competently as Mother cared for me.

Many years ago the First Presidency issued a statement that has had a profound and lasting influence upon me. “Motherhood,” they wrote, “is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels.”

~Elder Russell M. Nelson

3 Replies to “The Highest Calling”

  1. Great picture , The man on the upper left also looks like your dad.Do you make the ribbon cakes that he used to?

  2. Hey Heather!!

    That’s my grampa, but he died when my dad was about 2 years old. So my dad didn’t even know him. We was a wonderful Scottish fellow who drove the trolley in town.

    I don’t make the cakes–but Laurie and my daughter April know how. They don’t do it often, but now and then…they pull it off beautifully. Laurie lives in his house and inherited his bake shop. So it’s all still there.

    I never actually had that particular touch.


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