“You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence.And that good in you must spread to others.” (BYU speeches year 1996) Playwright Maxwell Anderson put these words into the mouth of the French pesant girl Joan of Arc.” Every women gives er life for what she belives. Sometimes people belive in little or nothing, nevertheless they give up their lives for that little or nothing. One life is all we have, and we live it as we belive in living it and then it’s gone.” ( Joan of Lorraine, act2 ) I have felt grief. You have felt grief. but i can’t imagine pain greater than stepping across the veil and realizing that I had not done what I had come here to do-or realizing that I had given up my life to little or nothing, only to find it gone.
We are women who seek to hear the voice of the lord. we are women dedicated to strengthening or marriges, families and homes; women whose covenants and influence span generations; women who are not easily deceived; women of faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountibility, goodworks, integrity and virtue.. We are women who understand fully that to qualify for eternal life, we must deal with a full range of diffuculty and dissappointment here. We are free to choose how we live , where we apend our temporal, emotional, and spiritual resources, and to what and whom we devote ourselves. Of course our faith will be tried. Of course we will have tests of our will, of our endurance, of our desires, and of our determination and conviction.
It is in moments of disapointment, heartache, and loneliness that we often make decisions that forge our faith, mold our character, and fortify our convictions about the only source of lasting srength and solace that satisfies. and that is jesus christ. How can we know if we are honest, unless our honestly is put to the test? how do we know that we are filled with virtue, unless there are opportunites to choose a nonvirtuous path that we then resist? How do we know if we can bear up under challenge and trial, unless we have faced challenge and trial? and how can we expect to feel and tast the pure sweetness of the gospel of jesus christ ,unless there are times in our lives when we desperatly need and seek peace and strength to over come obsticales? Weekly we partake of the sacaremnt to renew our conenant to ” always remember” the lord ( Moroni 4:3, 5:2). Imagine how our perspective and behaviour would change if we truely always remembered Him, because remembering the Lord and remembering who we are, seem to be inseparably connected.
In the movie “The Lion King”, the lion cub SSimba forsakes his heritage and turns to riotous living after the death of his father Mufasa. But when that lifestyle fails to satisfy his inner self, Simba turns to the heavens in a moment of desperation. His father responds by appearing to him, and after listening to Simba’s attempts to justify his behaviour, Mufasa delivers profound parting words ” you have forgotten who you are, because you have forgotten me. You have become less than who you are.”
Like the lion cub Simba, we live in a complex world, one filled with choices and opportunities and also with confusion and conflicting voices. It is a world that increasingly doesn’t know God and certainy doesn’t know how ( or even belive it is possible) to communicate with God: In our world there are ongoing debates on national and international stage about topics that would have seemed ludicrous a decade or two ago, topics such as what is and is not moral, what is and what is not honest-and wether or not morality and integrity even matter. Our elected officals disappoint and even lie to us, and a proliferation of loud and conflicting voices are bent on getting our money, our support, our vote, or even our virtue. Many, perhaps most, of these voices are motivated largely by self intrest and ave no concern for us or about what is right and wrong.
” though we have rightly applauded our ancestors for their achievement… those of us who prevail today will have done no small thing. The special spirits who have been reserved to live in this time of challenges and who overcome will one day be praised for their stamina by those who pulled handcarts.” ( Notwithstanding My Weakness,18)
So what are we to do? Life is filled with moments of joy, but life isalso hard. It is an unmistakable privilege to be her in mortality, but the burdans we carry are heavy, relentless and laden with great importance.
There are many things about mortality that I do not yet-and may not in this lfe-understand. but there are some truths about which i no longer have anydoubt, truts that i believe are keys to successfully negotiating life.
I know that the light of the truth of Jesus Christ is stronger than any kind of darkness we face here; that we each have a purpose; that understanding who we are and who we have always been is centeral to our mortal success and eternal progression; that family and the church family are where we can find safety and refuge; that while life is a test, we have magnificient spiritual privileges as members of the church to help us meet that test.
I know that, as diffucult a challenge as mortality is we are not ever here alone, because among our privileges as convenanted members of the Church are the gift of the Holy Ghost, the power of the priesthood, ordinaces that bind us together for all time and eternity to each other and the Lord, and to a living prophet, and i know that every single one of us is vital to builidng up the kindgom of god. Of this i am certain about this i have no doubt(-sheri dew)
( from a book written by Sheri Dew called no doubt about it with a bit of my imput and i already belive and agree with everything said here even before reading it myself ) about her http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheri_L._Dew
(ps : sorry for any spelling mistake s i had to type it out by hand )”
I don’t feel I say this often enough, but I love my Young Women so much. It killed me to have to miss it today, because I don’t see them often and they’re as close, if not closer, to me as sisters. I love being involved with them and being able to help them in any way I can. The fact that this was posted demonstrates to me God’s power to change our lives for the better, if we let Him.
I love you my girlies, and I am honored to be able to call myself your YW’s president ♥