“You sisters … belong to the great sorority of saviorhood. You may not hold the priesthood. Men are different, men have to have something given to them to make them saviors of men, but not mothers, not women. You are born with an inherent right, an inherent authority, to be the saviors of human souls. You are the co-creators with God of his children. Therefore, it is expected of you by a right divine that you be the saviors and the regenerating force in the lives of God’s children here upon the earth.”
- Elder Matthew Cowley, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Matthew Cowley Speaks (1954), 109. As quoted in Preparing for an Eternal Marriage Teacher Manual, (2003), 47–50
After quoting most of the above, Sheri Dew added:
"Motherhood is not what was left over after our Father blessed His sons with priesthood ordination. It was the most ennobling endowment He could give His daughters, a sacred trust that gave women an unparalleled role in helping His children keep their second estate. As President J. Reuben Clark Jr. declared, motherhood is 'as divinely called, as eternally important in its place as the Priesthood itself.'"
- Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, "Are We Not All Mothers?," Ensign, Nov 2001, p. 96. [J. Reuben Clark quote is from “Our Wives and Our Mothers in the Eternal Plan,” Relief Society Magazine, Dec. 1946, 801.]