Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother, An Angel Watching Over Me

As far as I know, Mother's Day is a special Sunday dedicated to all mothers introduced by the Americans in early 20th century. And it is later adapted here in the Philippines. It is usually observed every Second Sunday of the month of May.

Mother, an angel watching
To recognize mothers in the Church, the La Carlota first branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints led by its branch president Jimboy Loreto humbly honored all the member-mothers before the Sunday School classes has started.

Fathers Honoring the Mothers

All fathers and some priesthood holders have formed their line outside the Sunday School classroom with a bunch of beautiful flowers tucked at the back of their trousers. Then, they entered the room one by one, formed a single pile in front of the blackboard. After President Loreto shared a brief message on the importance of a mother and while the members are singing "As I Have Loved You", the fathers proceeded to their respective wife and handed her the flower with a kiss, warm handshake as a humble way of expressing their gratefulness of their wife's love and care for him and for their children.

The three couples
The Youth's Way of Honoring the Mothers

The youth had their own unique way of greetings every mother of the Church after the Sacrament was administered. They sang the mother's song, and then went to every mother in attendance and gave her a token of chocolate candies in stick and a stick card greetings. As they gave those tokens, they gave a sisterly or brotherly kiss to the mother.

"To: MOM Thank you for loving, caring, sharing, always knowing, listening and being there. WE love you!" This is the message written in stick card given by a young man to my wife.

My Humble Way of Honoring my Children's Mother

Before we came to Church to attend our regular Sunday services, I already greeted my wife with a happy mother's day. Then I gave her a big and warm hug and a sweet kiss of love and gratefulness as a mother of our 6 children.

Late last night I already posted some memorable pictures of my wife to my Facebook account, screenshot from my created video for my wife with a song background, "An Angel To Watch over Me", composed and written by an LDS member Sally DeFord. This song was sung by our returned missionary when he was still serving a mission at Philippines Butuan Mission sometime in 2008.

Mother - Watching Angel

The lyrics of the song reflect the real job of a mother to her children. Followed are the complete lyrics of this song:

"She watched by my cradle
through long, sleepless nights
She taught me to pray as she knelt by my side
She guarded my childhood,
and all through the years
She echoed my laughter, she counted my tears
In the arms of my mother, I came to believe
That God sent an angel to watch over me

She taught me the meaning of courage and faith
She taught me to live with the Lord as my strength
She taught me to follow the pathway he marked
She guided my steps when the journey grew dark
And I know there were dangers that I could not see
But God sent an angel to watch over me

She taught me to serve with a spirit that sings
She taught me to seek after heavenly things
And because of her love and her kindness and care
Because of the place that I hold in her prayers
And because of her goodness, I still believe
That God sent an angel to watch over me"

For free sheet of music of this song in PDF format, visit this link: An Angel To Watch Over Me

To watch and listen to the song, click the following video.

To all mothers in the world, Happy Mother's Day!


  1. Happy Mothers Day Sir!!! It is a great post for mothers who worked hard for us and she is our true best friend in times of problems =)

    1. Mother is always there whatever happens for us. She is apt and ever ready to rescue her children in times of distress and trouble.

  2. Kudos to your church sir Gil for paying tribute to all mother members. Every successful son/daughter is a mother who always guide, support, and inspire. Please extend my greetings of "Happy Mother's Day" to your wife sir Gil.

    1. Thank you. Yes, I will relay your greetings to my wife.

  3. I believe this is a great mother's day celebration honoring them with thoughtful tokens and kisses. I remember we have the same celebration in church when I was too young.

  4. All mothers deserve these praises... the song truly defines the most rewarding role of being a mother. Your children are fortunate to have a mother in the person of your most beloved wife.

    Happy Mother's Day to every mother in your family!

  5. Your wife and your kids are lucky to have someone as thoughtful as you to greet them in your own way on Mother's Day.

  6. with the lyrics, it was a nice song to offer to all mothers during the ceremony. more, to hear it being sung by your youths. it is just but proper that we give due recognition to all mothers in the world. happy mother's day to all. Yahweh bless. ralph

  7. a nice song for all mothers.. your church has really unique ways to make mother feel special. is this a Christian community? :)


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