President Benson, in his address To the Mothers in Zion, quotes President McKay who stated:
“Motherhood consists of three principal attributes or qualities: namely, (1) the power to bear, (2) the ability to rear, (3) the gift to love.”
When we read “the power to bear” we usually think of this in terms of a woman bearing a child. When I read this I was struck with an interesting thought. There are different ways the word “bear” could be used. The way it struck me was in a spiritual parallel of the priesthood.
Men bear the holy priesthood as a responsibility, gift and calling from God.
Women bear children as a responsibility, gift and calling from God.
Women are partners with God in the sacred work of creation—creating physical bodies for His spirit children.