This week’s talk comes from Neill F. Marriot. I always like hearing practical advice for what I can do in my life, and her talk delivers.
What Shall We Do?
“Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, and I hope that we also are stricken in our hearts to acknowledge the Savior, repent, and obey with gladness.”
“In this general conference, we will hear inspired direction given by Church leaders, both male and female. Knowing that our hearts will be touched by their words, I ask you tonight, “Women and sisters, what shall we do?””
“The Lord’s Church needs Spirit-directed women who use their unique gifts to nurture, to speak up, and to defend gospel truth. Our inspiration and intuition are necessary parts of building the kingdom of God, which really means doing our part to bring salvation to God’s children.”
“We build the kingdom when we nurture others. However, the first child of God we must build up in the restored gospel is ourselves.”
“What if some of our traditions don’t have a place in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ? Letting go of them may require the emotional support and nurture of another, as it did for me.” (She goes on to tell the story of her wedding. A recent convert, she had decided to marry in an LDS temple, and as such her non-LDS parents could not attend the ceremony itself. Alone and lonely, her relative-in-law to be openly took her in during the time leading up to the wedding.)
“Oh, the comfort and sweetness of that moment! My fear melted, and there came to me a sense of being anchored to a spiritually safe place. Love is making space in your life for someone else, as Aunt Carol did for me.”
” Love is making space in your life for someone else, as Aunt Carol did for me.”
“Nurturing is not limited to bearing children. Eve was called a “mother” before she had children. I believe that “to mother” means “to give life.” Think of the many ways you give life. It could mean giving emotional life to the hopeless or spiritual life to the doubter. With the help of the Holy Ghost, we can create an emotionally healing place for the discriminated against, the rejected, and the stranger.”
“The more we follow Christ, the more we will feel His love and direction; the more we feel His love and direction, the more we will want to speak and teach truth as He did, even when we face opposition.”
“Being distinct and different from the world will draw some criticism, but we must anchor ourselves to eternal principles and testify of them, no matter the world’s response.”
“Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement is the ultimate place of healing and hope, growth and purpose. All of us need a spiritual and physical place of belonging. We, sisters of all ages, can create this; it is even a holy place.”
“Our high responsibility is to become women who follow the Savior, nurture with inspiration, and live truth fearlessly.”
Thanks for reading,