At the last BYU Women’s Conference, the General Relief Society Presidency and Board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints got together and created an amazing video! Have you seen it? It overwhelmingly teaches us that we are not alone and we all have burdens and challenges. We are all more alike than we may think.
We need one another and rely on the Savior’s assistance and healing. We stay by the tree to feel His love and peace that we are not alone. We have courage because His atoning sacrifice offers us the hope and perspective we need as we all face trials in this life.
No one is without burden. We all struggle and we are all surrounded by the power Christ offers.
Everyone we encounter today as we go through the walk of our life most likely will appear, just fine, even amazing; but their burden is big.
We all try so hard to hide our messes and appear like all things are in order in us and around us. But just as “the Savior walked the roads of Palestine healing the sick and causing the blind to see” (Living Christ) we can be the friend who looks at another to acknowledge her strength, her courage and the reality of her battle and hidden wounds.
We all are sick and need healing – we all are blind and need the Savior’s help to see the truth about us, our weakness and what we are capable of with the Lord’s help.
Then, as we notice Christ’s grace lifting us, we patiently extend it to ourselves and lovingly offer it to others.
We are Christ’s “Atmosphere Angels.” We support His cause and work. We know wounds are real and we are not only safe with His help but keep others safe when we know we are all of one heart and broken together, and only He can save us. It is our burden that brings us to notice we are sufficient in our weakness through Christ and others are too.
Of the 10 women in the Relief Society Presidency and Board:
Look at this evidence!!!!!!
6 have experienced financial trouble
4 have experienced Infertility
6 have family who identify as LGBT+
9 have family with addictions
2 are battling chronic illness
2 have experienced divorce
1 is a stepmom
7 have had loved ones incarcerated
1 has experienced death of a spouse
All have been affected by depression or anxiety
8 have lived internationally
4 are stay-at-home moms
9 are community leaders
4 hold a graduate degree
9 work outside the home
WE LOVE YOU, WE STRUGGLE WITH YOU, WE REJOICE WITH YOU, WE PRAY WITH YOU, WE ENDURE WITH YOU, WE WAIT WITH YOU, WE STRIVE TO KEEP COVENANTS.
AND JUST LIKE YOU, WE RELY UPON THE SOURCE OF ALL PEACE, OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.(Words in the video)
“No matter what we have suffered He is the source of healing…We must come unto Him and allow Him to work His miracles.” – Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, Oct 2017 General Conference
Sisters, Mothers, Wives – we are all in this together. We are here to support each other, to stand strong together and know that we are never alone. Together we are a strong TEAM of women – Together Everyone Achieves More.
Moms, we are amazing, and with the Savior, we are unstoppable!
For another article on this topic, read this blog post by fellow Warrior Mom Sheri Morris, “A Tremendous Influence for Good.”
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