Monday, May 19, 2008

They Need Us

Although I was not able to attend the LDS Woman's conference in Utah earlier this month, I was able to watch some of it on the BYU channel this week. I was particularly impressed with the talk by Sheri Dew. I don't even remember the title of it, but I would like to share some thought provoking excerpts from it.

"...No one has more influence on their husbands than their wives, or on their children more than their mothers, or on young men, than young women.

Show me a woman of any family any community, and I will show you the characters and the soul of that family and community.

...From the beginning Lucifer has worked with a vengeance to distort the very definition of womanhood and to confuse everyone about us, including us. Here are just a few of Lucifer's lies:

*That men are smarter, have all the power and are more important SO if we want to have influence we should be more like them.
*That marriage and family are confining.
*That motherhood is menial and a waste of any talented woman's time.
*That women are perpetually frazzled and failing.
*And that a woman's value is based on her size, her shape, and what she accomplishes OUTSIDE the home.

Too many women have bought those lies. Our culture is disintegrating at the speed of light and unfortunately our gender is doing a lot of the damage. Sleazy, immoral, cunning women who flaunt their indiscretions jam the airwaves and jam magazine covers. Yet sometimes we watch their shows, we donate to their causes, and even see them as models.

Consider this cover of a recent Forbes magazine

...Every woman listed is either a politician, an entertainer, or a CEO. I mean no disrespect to any woman listed . What I dispute is the bold distortion that in order to have influence a woman must have money, fame, or a title. THAT IS A BIG FAT LIE.

Sisters, we're smarter than this. We know too much to fall for Lucifer's lies...

Here is the truth about womanhood:
Our Father gave His daughters a divine endowment of gifts that give us unique influence.
First and foremost we have the high privilege of bearing children. If the mortality is the time of all eternity, and it is, nothing is more important than bearing children and leading them along the path home.

President David O McKay said:

Our Father also gifted us with the nature to nurture, a key sensitivity to the spirit, selflessness, discernment, and heroic faith. No wonder our Father placed us at the heart of the family and this at the very center of the plan of salvation. We are the Lord's secret weapon. Premortally when our Father described our role we must have shouted for joy because of the ennobling stature He gave women in His kingdom. The world won't tell you this stunning truth but the spirit will..."


Lisa said...

You must have been inspired to post this one as I needed to read it. Thank you! For a woman who has just started this blog-you are amazing and tech saavy too!

Amy Nielson said...

Hello Jill - this is Amy (Kland) Nielson. I found your blog through someone elses blog and was so happy to read through it. Thank you for this post. We need to be reminded more of these things.

The Gage Cage said...

Womens conference was amazing. Even though I was there I still loved reading this post. I am so thankful to be a women. I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything! Being a wife and mother is power and influence.

Darlene said...

Forbes had it wrong. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.