Mary Mother of Jesus:
Mary was a young girl, probably only about 16 or 17 years old when the angel Gabriel came to her. She had recently become engaged to a carpenter named Joseph. Mary was an ordinary Jewish girl, looking forward to marriage. Suddenly her life would forever change.
Fearful and troubled, Mary found herself in the presence of the angel. She could never have expected to hear the most incredible news—that she would have a child, and her son would be the Messiah.
Although she could not comprehend how she would conceive the Savior, she responded to God with humble belief and obedience.
Although Mary's calling held great honor, it would demand great suffering too. There would be pain in childbirth and motherhood, as well as in the privilege of being the mother of the Messiah.