It’s hard to be a woman and put power in the trust of men. We have a fornicating President Trump who cheated on three wives and brags about ”grab em by the pussy”. Nominating a sexually shady (extremely defensive) Judge to a lifelong position of judging people. Billy Cosby messing with my fondest childhood memories, Kevin Spacy preying on young gay boys, R Kelly peeing on girls, the despicable Harvey Weinstein, the casual cheating of Chris Rock and Kobe Bryant on their wives, and practically every Hollywood male in a position of authority abusing their sexual power. In a world full of creepy men, it’s hard to trust men.
In a world of that lacks appreciation for women, I am grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This church and its teachings of the gospel develop (in my opinion) the best attributes of men: Calm, wise, gentle, meek, powerful, careful, successful, and charitable.
I used to view this church as sexist because of the disproportionate ratios of men and women in leadership positions. They believe men and women hold equal importance. They also believe that men hold the authority of God to administer priesthood blessings. I believe that women have their own special gifts that aren’t given as much credit, but we’re used to it. Rather than continuing to resist this idea of male priesthood authority, I chose to keep an open heart and mind to it.
Keeping an open mind is the best thing I’ve ever done. It has changed my interaction with men.
I dated a Mormon man raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and it was the best I’ve ever been treated by a man. He opened my doors. Took me out on dates. Actually wanted to spend time with me and make me his wife?!
We’re married and I live a life greater than anything I ever dreamed. We work together in Hollywood. He’s the main provider as a Cinemtaographer for our family. I don’t even have to look at our bank accounts (although he probably wishes I did). I live a good life because of the high moral standards and work ethic taught to him through church and the Boy Scouts.
I had the incredible opportunity of attending the 1st General Women's Session of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and it’s the peace I needed to hear during these tumultuous times. I hope you find the messages hopeful, inspiring, and spiritually edifying.
The first speaker was Primary President, Joy B Jones. She reminded us to
"love the lord thy god with all thy heart, mind, might and strength."
"The highest manifestation of love is devotion to God."
Next was Michell Lynn Craig, First Counselor of the Young Women General Presidency.
Who I am? What am I not?
Honor feelings that call you to a higher way.
Who you are and what you have the power to become.
Act in faith.
"Never suppress a generous thought." - Sister Kimball
"Charity never faileth, and is never the wrong response."
"Divine discontent leads to humility, not to self pity or the discouragement that comes from making comparisons in which we always come up short."
"Alone we are not enough, but with the grace of God we are enough. With Christ's help we can do all things. The scriptures promise that we will find grace to help in time of need. Our weaknesses can be a blessing when they humble us to turn to Christ."
"Discontent becomes divine when we humbly approach Jesus Christ with our want, rather than hold back in self-pity. In fact, Jesus's miracles often began with the recognition of want, need, failure, or inadequacy. Remember the loaves and fishes? Each of the gospel writers tell how Jesus miraculously fed the thousands that followed him, but the story begins with the disciples recognition of their lack."
Cristina B. Franco, Second Counselor
Primary General Presidency
What's in it for me?
Serve the lord and love what you do.
"When you embark in the service of God, you are joining the greatest journey ever.
It's a great, joyful, marvelous experience. We are happier and more fulfilled. Our savior teaches us to follow him to make the sacrifices necessary to lose ourselves in the unselfish service of others."
"When we make face to face contact with our maker, we will not be asked, "how many positions did you hold, but rather, how many people did you help? In reality, you can never love the Lord until you serve him, by serving his people."
Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor
"Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. One cannot be exalted without the other." - The Family: A Proclamation to the World
"When you pray with and for family members, you'll feel your and the savior's love for them. As you seek it, your family members will feel it. That loving, outpouring can come at any family gathering if you prepare and plan for it."
"Pray, study and ponder what your unique contributions will be."
Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor
Children are our most precious gift from God. Yet we live in a time where women wish to have no part in the baring of children.
"You are to be a light for the world." - Paraphrasing Prophet and Wendy Nelson's Youth Devotional. This devotional changed my life.
"Jesus taught us to love one another and treat others how we want to be treated."
"Resolve now to change and encourage others to change."
"I testify of Jesus Christ our Savior. Who taught us to love another as he loved us."
Prophet Russell M. Nelson
"Your supernal abilities separate you from the rest of the world. You're endowed with extraordinary capacity."
"Every woman is a mother by virtue of her eternal divine destiny."
"No one can duplicate the influence of a mother."
"Women have a divine endowment. You have the capacity to sense what someone needs and when they need it. You can reach out, comfort, teach, strengthen someone in his or her moment of need. Women see things differently than men do, and oh, how we need your perspective!"
"My dear sisters, you have special, spiritual gifts, and propensities. Tonight, I urge you, with all the hope in my heart, to pray, to understand your spiritual gifts. To cultivate, use, and expand them even more than you ever have. You will change the world as you do so. As women, you inspire others and set a standard worthy of emulation."
"Women shape the future."
Advice from the Prophet:
1. Take a 10 day fast from social media.
2. Read the Book of Mormon completely by the end of the year. "Prayerfully study and I promise the heavens will be opened unto you. Rejoice in Christ. Changes and miracles will happen. Teach those you love what you're learning."
3. Establish a pattern of temple attendance.
4. Devote yourself to the Relief Society. Study the Relief Society Declaration.
"My dear sisters, we need you! We need your strength, your conversion, your conviction, your ability to lead, your wisdom, and your voices.”
—Prophet, Russell M. Nelson
I know that President Russell M. Nelson is a Prophet of God. All the times I've listened to his words and followed his advice, I've lived the highest, happiest life. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true and that God lives.
I'm taking a 10 day fast from social media starting 10/11. Try it!
I look forward to catching up with you soon.