OGDEN -- Just in time for Mother's Day, a new book Mothers of Faith (Covenant Communications, Inc., $29.99), features a sampling of local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints among a group of well-known celebrities and writers.
Among those local writers are Ogden's former mayor Matthew Godfrey, who discusses his mother's strength through adversity, including losing three children and her husband.
Godfrey writes that when his father, William Godfrey, died Sept. 2, 2007, his mother went into his hospital room and spoke to him as if he were still alive and listening.
"She told him that she would be fine, and that he needed to stay focused on the work ahead of him," he writes. "The nurses ... emerged from the room in tears, amazed by the power and sweetness of her faith."
Carol Jeanne Godfrey "never defined herself by her challenges," writes her son.
He also tells of economic challenges faced by the family as he was growing up.
"There were Christmases when there wasn't money for both food and presents, but not wanting their children to go without in any way, Mom and Dad would go to the DI and, for a few dollars, cobble together a Christmas. We children never knew."
Also featured is Natalie Clemens, of Roy, who is a journalism graduate of Weber State University and currently the writer of a blog, boogersonthewall.com.
Clemens discusses the strength she found in her mother, Debbie Ann Johnson Cutler, who has lived in Kaysville.
She states that her mother "was a pillar of strength in a moment of darkness" when Clemens gave birth to a stillborn son April 22, 2010.
"Without the love and support of my mother, I don't know if I would have survived the loss of my son," she writes.
Other writers with local ties include Chad B. McKay, son of former U.S. Rep. Gunn McKay, R-Utah, of Huntsville.
Donna Biesinger McKay raised 10 children with her husband.
"Donna spent her days happily enduring the often mundane tasks of a homemaker," writes her son. "But she did it masterfully, always leaning on prayer and scripture study to make the duties lighter."
McKay honors his mother by explaining, among other things, his appreciation for the large banquets his mother prepared for him each morning for breakfast.
Also with the McKay last name and featured in the book is Robert McKay, who tells of his mother, Emma Ray Riggs McKay, the wife of the ninth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, David O. McKay.
McKay writes of his mother's decision early on in her marriage not to cry when her husband left on church assignments.
"Mother consequently bore much of the responsibility of rearing our family," he writes. "My mother saw to it that our home was a success through love, happiness and gospel living."
Also featured in the book is Richard G. Hinckley, who writes of his mother, Marjorie Pay Hinckley, the wife of Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th president of the LDS Church.
Hinckley writes of his efforts to keep from doing chores as he grew up, especially taking vegetable cuttings into the compost pile.
"No coercion, no raised voice, certainly no corporal punishment; just a shrug of her shoulders and a suppressed laugh," Hinckley recalls of his mother's reaction to his behavior.
"She was not a strict disciplinarian, nor was she a hard taskmaster," he writes. "And she was never very good at getting mad if we approached our tasks with indolence or even ignored her repeated requests to complete this chore or that.
"Eventually, I would come around and trudge out to the compost pile."
Also featured is the former BYU basketball player and national intercollegiate player of the year, Jimmer Fredette, who now plays for the Sacramento Kings.
Football legend and ESPN analyst Steve Young writes about his mother, Sherry.
Other featured writers are Silvia Allred, a member of the general Relief Society presidency for the LDS Church; Camille Fronk Olson, originally from Tremonton and an associate professor of ancient scripture at BYU as well as a former dean of students at LDS Business College; Liz Lemon Swindle, a well-known LDS artist; and Rosemary M. Wixom, general president of the LDS Church's primary auxiliary.
Women of Faith was compiled by Clearfield resident Gary Toyn. Toyn is also the compiler of "Life Lessons from Fathers of Faith."