I give thanks for the leadership of the LDS Church in giving wise counsel for my
Mother, Wife and Daughters at this great meeting tonight. The Women of the
church are wonderful examples of love, faith and hope in a darkened world that
can never seem to get it right. No wonder so many are attracted to something
that stands for principle and doesn't bend with every flavor of the day.
As a non-member, I was invited by a member of the LDS Church to watch this
meeting tonight. It was hyped as historic in nature. While both myself and my
family enjoyed the talks and the focus, I must say I was waiting for the
historic portion of the program. I looked at this meeting as something that was
"game-changing" for those of the LDS faith. I apologize if I missed
I loved this meeting. It was so beautiful to see so many mothers there with
their daughters. Here in Fort Collins, our chapel was filled to overflowing and
there was much love in the room, especially when we all sang "I am a child
of God". I really think this meeting is an inspired move by our wonderful
leaders. The young girls in the room, seemed to really love being there having
a special time with their mothers.
It was a wonderful meeting and full of the spirit. It is so wonderful to have
the opportunity to have something like this in the middle of all the evindl a
cynicism that exists in the world today, It is truly a haven against the world.
It was a marvelous meeting. The messages were inspired and inspiring. I loved
the messages about covenants. Our youth everywhere are drawn to the temple. I
know that is true. Sister Burton reminded us what disciples do. There are
plenty of good things that we can do within our own stewardship that will serve
God and others. It does not matter if you are the bishop. It does not matter
if you hold the priesthood. It does not matter if you are president of an
organization. It does not matter if you set on the Ward Council. What matters
is that you lift where you stand. What matters is that you follow Jesus and try
to be like him, humble, loving, serving, caring for others, and recognize that
all blessings come from God. Thank you sisters of the church for all that you
do. I know that the counsel given, if followed, will bring incredible joy and
happiness those those who serve and to those who are served.
I wish there was a dislike button for each person's comments.
My wife and I viewed the Broadcast together. It was exceptional.
My 9 year old daughter got to attend with my wife and both of her grandmothers
in our local stake center. As a father, I was thrilled that she could have this
opportunity and I hope one day she'll look back and realize what a big deal
this was.I appreciate the comments of those who found such joy and
inspiration in the meeting. I felt patience for the one dear lady who
didn't have the background to fully comprehend the historical significance
of the event, but am glad she enjoyed the remarks.I was a bit
frustrated by the final comment of wishing to have an option to convey
disapproval for the heart felt comments contributed here. I have learned to not
make disparaging remarks to or about people who found beauty in something that
was lost on myself for what ever reason - usually because I had been in a
My comment was with regard to the first comment, which, fortunately, has been
removed and was not in reference to the wonderful comments that have since
preceded mine. My apologies if it appears so.
ipr, Have a happy day!
@ The DeuceIt really was an historic moment. As Alma taught in Alma
37:6 Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I
say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass;
and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. 7 And the Lord
God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by
very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the
salvation of many souls.As James 3:4 says:Behold also
the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet
are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor
listeth.The 15-million member L.D.S. Church did indeed make an
historic course adjustment with this Women's Conference. The U.S.
membership and U.S. political/social concerns represent only a minority of the
total membership of the Church.As I see it, one major focus is on
inter-generational bonding among the women of the church. Inter-generational
shepherding, mentoring, if you will have it. Until now, compartmentalization of
ages was inherent in the Church organization.
"back" to Heavenly Father. Really ? I was not aware they had been
to answer The Deuce--I think they advertised this meeting as
"historic" is because it is the first time they've had a meeting
for this group of people. They've had separate meetings for young women and
for adult women and for primary but not this combination. Sorry if
you expected some big announcement or something. I can see how it makes more
sense to call something like that historic. The Family: A Proclamation to the
World was first read at a Relief Society meeting in 1995; I would definitely
call that historic.
@The Deuce: Historic, in the fact that all females of the Church were invited to
attend, with the new emphasis that by extension, and by the very fact of being
female, all are a part of the great organization of the Relief Society, which is
the equivalent of the what the Priesthood is to men.More attention
is being drawn by our Church leaders, to the wonder and the power within the
Relief Society, especially now that there is such a misguided push by some
women, to try to force, by public pressure, the leadership of the Church to
begin to ordain women. It is interesting in that instead of bending
to the "howling" winds, the Church seeks to teach and strengthen the
doctrines and principles of truth. And the effects are that the preparation and
teaching of the truth intensifies. The work moves forward in a very real and
marked way, and the depth of understanding and testimony are strengthened.
My granddaughter and I attended the meeting in our Stake Center. She is 10 and
was so happy to see all of the other young girls singing, playing the violin and
cello. She said, "I would love to sing in Conference". She had some very
thoughtful comments afterwards and also said, "I'm glad I'm a girl
in the gospel!" Me, too!!
I am the pioneer in our family. It brought tears to my eyes as I realized I was
sitting between a daughter, a daughter in-law and two granddaughters for this
historic meeting. I am truly having joy in my posterity.
Deuce, glad you were able to attend. That you didn't get why it was labeled
"historical" is understandable--quite a bit more knowledge about LDS
history and doctrine is needed to comprehend why the meeting was indeed
historical.In my mind, it was both historical and prophetic: historical
for the reasons stated in earlier comments, prophetic because it portends what
awaits the younger girls, indeed, all women in the future--the need to
strengthen them now so they can stand strong against the rising tide of
wickedness which will continue to arise. I count it wisdom, yes, inspiration,
that our leaders have recognized the need for what may seem a small change, but
which has solid direction--even from above, if you will--behind the decision to
begin this new format.
I'm going to have to read the talks. I wasn't there but I can see
that it was "historic". I don't pretend to know, or perhaps I
don't need to know, the import of it all. I assume it's for a good
cause and will help. I think some got a bit carried away and referred to
Primary girls as "women". That sounds strange but I do get the part
about all females being sisters and that it helps at this stage to bring them
all together as such.
Next time I'll attend in my ward instead of with family who found something
to complain about every few minutes, and couldn't wait for the closing song
or prayer to change the channel. I was swept along with them, and at the end
wondered why I'm even in a church that stresses eternal families.
First, thank you to: Kurt Matthia, Pleasant Grove, UT/ Kinderly, Riverdale, MD/
portlander, Arlington, WA/ G L W8, SPRINGVILLE, UT - for your thoughtful and
clarifying comments. This does help me understand the meaning of historic for
this meeting. You are correct, for myself and family, we do not yet understand
fully the impact of the Gospel or how the Church works.
The "historic" part, Deuce, was having the younger girls there for the
first time. These meetings were once for those ages twelve and up, so having
them attend brought some fresh faces and welcome smiles.Glad you
were able to attend, and hope you join your friends for General Conference next
weekend. You'll get a taste of what the Church is all about, and hopefully
you will enjoy the messages.I've been a member all my life, but
not always active. My father was an abusive alcoholic who fought against the
Church half the time, and the other half, he would straighten up and attended
meetings with us. He finally joined the Church in full fellowship and took part
of us to the temple to be sealed as an eternal family. The others, damaged by
his drinking, never came to the temple. Living in extremes like this, and seeing
the good that comes to those who have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives,
it was easy for me to decide to stand on The Lord's side. I am praying for
my siblings to join us. We want each branch of our full family tree together.
Dear @The Deuce: I wasn't as insightful as I would have liked to have been.
I am extremely grateful that the others stepped in with their comments that may
have helped you even further. I had hoped that after I had posted,
that I wasn't being offensive to you. I pray that the Spirit of the Lord is
touching you and your family, opening your minds and hearts to the message of
@Firefly123So sorry you had that experience. I hope this
weekends' General Conference will hold a more spiritual and enlightening
experience for you...and more importantly...for your family.
firefly123; Yes you are correct. families can be together forever, if we can
just get through today. hope this helps, have a great day.