With a fornicating heathen for a President (Donald Trump), a suspect sexual offended up for a lifetime position in federal court (Brett Kavanaugh), and every male in Hollywood either abusing his power, cheating on his wife, or dating half his age, it's a strange time to be a woman.
In a world of noise, chaos, and a seeming lack of appreciate for women, I am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the only thing giving me hope in the male species. I had the incredible opportunity to attend the 1st General Women's Session of the Church of Jesus Christ, and it changed my life. It was 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.