Of all the many fireside I have ever attended - this one in particular impacted me the most. As most of you know our son TT joined our family as a teenager. A week before this Fireside Timoti and I were talking with our son about random stuff and I asked him what he think a Mother's Love should be which opened up a little more of his world. His definition of a Mother's Love was very different from mine and Timoti's.. our up-brining were very different from his up-bringing - we felt so sorry for him that I left me with a heavey load thinking how can I help my son catch up on lost times on such unique experience. A week later we're sitting at this Fireside straight after our Mothers Day Dinner at home, we went to the Chapel just to help Aunty Meleika set up but ended up staying to hear our cousins singing. When the Fireside started every words spoken and words sung pierced right into my heart as I sat next to my teenage son who have lived 14 years of his life thinking that being abandoned day in day out is part of motherhood and many other stuff. He has missed out on all the adventure of having Mother in his life.
I walked out of this Special Musical Fireside feeling empowered and understand what my role should be focusing in as a mother to our son, how I should be and could be to make up for his lost time. I walked out with an answered prayer knowing that this Fireside in particular was meant for ME. Thank you Mt Druit Ward Primary for being an answered to my prayers - it's as if the FIRESIDE was meant for me that night!
Pesi I had the idea if having a fireside for ages because just the fact there's too many songs on the LDS Children Song Book relating to mothers but we don't sing them! Another reason is because every Mother's Day I feel like there wasn't enough emphasis on mothers and even though mothers receive he gifts and all, the whole idea of actually appreciating mother and showing it wasn't really there!
HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON THE TOPIC 'A MOTHER'S LOVE'?
The idea of A MOTHERS LOVE was in my head seeing that's the whole idea of Mother's Day is the appreciation of a mothers love but was confirmed to me when I read about mother's love on a talk by Jefferey R Holland titled 'Behold Thy Mother' and a special broadcast by the Tabernacle Choir for mothers actually called A MOTHERS LOVE - I thought yep that's confirmation to me!
I thought to do musical because I attended a Relief Society Musical Fireside before and the spirit was different from just a normal Fireside! I wanted mothers and everyone to be uplifted and feel the love that Heavenly Father has for each and everyone of us here on earth and I thought a musical spoke more to me as a mother, so yeah I thought musical!
I KNOW YOU PUT TOGETHER THE MUSICAL PROGRAM, WHO DID YOU HAVE IN MIND WHEN CREATING THE WHOLE PROGRAM?
Ok while putting the whole program together and reading talks and everything I can find about mothers ofcourse I felt like I was reading about my own mother and the mothers I have had the blessing of knowing especially Angina (my mother-inlaw)! There was times when I was reading about a certain passage that Noa popped into my head and think this is so her or Sina pops into my head when I read another passage and felt like I had to put those all in! It was so good to put it together and feel like I am actually telling them in those words of how much we appreciate them and how awesome they are!
Pesi it took me a whole month to put words together because I felt like I didn't have enough emphasis on how awesome mothers were on the words I put together the first time . Also I didn't want single mothers to feel left out so the longer I took, the more I found and had to add in mentioning a single mother and all! I swear I was so puputu'u (scattered/confused) that I even had to pray to be inspired, it may sounds funny but I actually did.
DURING THE PRACTICES - WERE THERE ANY TIME YOU THOUGHT TO YOURSELF 'THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE - WHAT WAS I THINKING!'?
Pesi I had faith it'll work and that I just needed to work at it with my counsellors because the kids had no idea about the mother songs, so it was all new to them we had to teach them. The KIDS did an amazing job - we couldn't be more proud of them that night.
I AS A MOTHER FELT ENCOURAGED AND APPRECIATED AND LOVED AFTER THE FIRESIDE, IT WAS AN ANSWER TO MY PRAYERS OF NOT ONLY BEING A NEW MOTHER BUT A NEW MOTHER TO A TEENAGE BOY IN THIS CRAZY PLACE CALL 'EARTH'. I KNOW YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU WANTED THE MOTHERS TO FEEL APPRECIATED AND LOVED BUT DID YOU REALISE THE VAST IMPACT IT HAD ON PEOPLE SUCH AS I?
No Pesi...I made sure that I mention every little thing I could find to cover, Mothers, Single Moms, even Mothers that can't have kids but are raising kids and even Mothers that are struggling - but I didn't realise how much it would impact them seriously!
PICTURE 2: Invitation
PICTURE 3: Gift to all the Mothers that attended the Fireside - Quote & Mum Necklace
PICTURE 4: Agenda for the Fireside
PICTURE 5: The people that made the Fireside memorable!!
PICTURE 6: Entrance on the Right hand foyer
PICTURE 7: Close up of the Gift to all the mothers
PICTURE 8: Entrance on the Left hand foyer
PICTURE 9: A Huge velevet Mothers Day Cake by Hinilei Leakehe