Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity. ~ Margaret D. Nadald

Our Father also gifted us with the nature to nurture, keen sensitivity to the Spirit, selflessness, discernment, and heroic faith. No wonder our Father placed us at the heart of the family and thus at the center of the plan of salvation. We are the Lord's secret weapon. ~ Sheri Dew

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29 December 2008

The End of a Year

As I sit looking at my calendar I find, as I'm sure most people are, that January is fast approaching. Many things have happened this year, and for what's hopefully the best, I am a different person then when the year began.
I think the most life changing event for me has been trying to find my way through a mass of information that's available. I am (frantically at times) attempting to revise who I am as a wife, mother, teacher, student, and most importantly a daughter of God. I feel like I hardly sleep at night as my mind sifts through who I am and who I want to become.
I find myself contemplating life more then I ever did before, and because of this I find myself having to rely on God more because I see so much pain in the world and cannot fix it all. I have to remind myself that there are angel's among us very literally in many different forms. Not only can I be an angel to others, but I can pray for those that I cannot protect or care for myself, and they will be cared for by other angels either mortal or heavenly.
It's my prayer that I might be able to create leaders within and out of my home who will be strong, moral, virtuous, and strive for liberty and equality wherever they find themselves in life. I pray that I will be inspiring, and see others the way that God sees them. I pray that love and respect will guide our nation into the new year and the presidency that will lead it, and that peace will be our mission.
I pray for strong families who rely on good principles to lead them. I pray that whatever a persons religion, that they will hold fast to it and instill values of service and hard work in their children.
I pray that we will not idly let another day, week, month or year go by. May we push ourselves a little harder, be a little better, and strive a little harder to find our mission in life and pursue it with all our hearts as we surrender to God's will.

08 December 2008

A Gem about motherhood

As "curriculum" for our daily devotional, I signed up to receive different "Gems" from lds.org. Today's Family Gem was truly a gem indeed: Women Have a Great Influence for Good

“Too frequently, women underestimate their influence for good. Well could you follow the formula given by the Lord: ‘Establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God’ (D&C 88:119).“In such a house will be found happy, smiling children who have been taught, by precept and example, the truth. In a Latter-day Saint home, children are not simply tolerated, but welcomed; not commanded, but encouraged; not driven, but guided; not neglected, but loved.”

Thomas S. Monson, “The Spirit of Relief Society,” Ensign, May 1992, 101-102