This photo below is one of my most favorite things EVER! I find it so adorable. Or maybe it is just because I am in love with the 1950's. I dream of becoming the cute house wife Doris Day portrays in all of her movies.
After reading this I think of how different times have changed since then... We now have women standing up for more women equality, women fighting for the priesthood, gay marriages, and so much more. Women are now working more than men and it is very seldom you see a full 'traditional' family with a mother and a father with children from the same set of parents. Times are much different.
The reason I love this newspaper clipping so much is not only to see how things have changed in 50+ years, but also to see something else...
How much of an opportunity we have to serve our husbands.
The clipping above might be a bit extreme, but I believe there is nothing better that can uplift a husband's spirit than to have his own wife serve him with love.
Joseph Smith said, "Treat (your husbands) with mildness and affection. When a man is borne down with trouble, when he is perplexed, if he can meet a smile, not an argument, if he can meet with mildness, it will calm down his soul and soothe his feelings. When the mind is going to despair, it needs a solace."
We as wives can be our husbands solace. We are the ones preparing the home to be a temple. We are the peacemakers of our home. We are the the ones who have prepared our homes to be a place for love and we have the power to make it how we would like it.
In "The Beginning of Better Days: Divine Instruction to Women from the Prophet Joseph Smith", Sister Pearce says, "In our society, men often feel constrained to always seem strong, to never look as if they feel inadequate, to talk as if no mountain is too steep or too difficult. But in the sacredness of a covenant relationship, a man's perplexities and troubles-even despair-can find expression. And it is our supreme privilege to reassure, support, and offer our undying love and loyalty."
Times have definitely changed since the 1950's, but the covenants we have made and the love we need to show our husbands have stayed the same.
"Wherefore, lift up they heart and rejoice, and cleave unto the covenants which thou hast made. Continue in the spirit of meekness, and beware of pride. Let they soul delight in thy husband, and the glory which shall come upon him." D&C 25:13-14