February 2009 VT Message:Understand the Divine Roles of Women

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So I have definatly been slacking with blogging lately. So I thought I should post the visit teaching message for the month, before this month is up. Better late then never, right?

I loved this months message, just as I say every month. What I loved about it is that it explained our divine roles as women from every aspect. A lot of times we look at our major role as being a mother. I did speak of this very important role, but it also spoke of the other important roles that we have.“… Although there is simply not a more significant contribution you can make to society, to the Church, or to the eternal destiny of our Father’s children than what you will do as a mother or father, motherhood and fatherhood are not the only measures of goodness or of one’s acceptance before the Lord. Elder M. Russell Ballard stated-

“Every sister in this Church who has made covenants with the Lord has a divine mandate to help save souls, to lead the women of the world, to strengthen the homes of Zion, and to build the kingdom of God” (“Women of Righteousness,” Liahona, Dec. 2002, 36, 39; Ensign, Apr. 2002, 68, 70). I loved how he says every women! It also goes on to speak of a womens role in her marriage working with her husband in unity. It also speaks of our role as visit teachers and the love, compasion, charity and kindness that we share with the teachers we visit.

Pres. Kimball says- “To be a righteous woman during the winding up scenes on this earth, before the second coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling. The righteous woman’s strength and influence today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times” (“Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, 103).

I loved the whole article, but what stuck out to me the most was from Sister Julie Beck- “I have a testimony gained from pondering and studying the scriptures of a plan of happiness given to us by our Father in Heaven. That plan has a part for His daughters. We have the female half to take care of, and if we don’t do our part, no one else is going to do it for us. The half of our Father’s plan that creates life, that nurtures souls, that promotes growth, that influences everything else was given to us. We can’t delegate it. We can’t pass it off to anyone. It’s ours. We can refuse it, we can deny it, but it’s still our part, and we’re accountable for it. There will come a day when we will all remember what we knew before we were born. We will remember that we fought in a great conflict for this privilege. How do we meet this responsibility? We daily put our energies into the work that is uniquely ours to do.”

I love how she states that is is our role, our job and that nobody else can do it for us. That we have the choice to do it or not, but we will be accountable for our role. It just helped me realize the importance of the roles that I have been placed with. And hopefully I will be able to fullfill those roles to the best of my capability!

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