why is it so hard to just be who you are just be your divine self you can't
be who you are not there is nothing wrong with being different I thought that
the message that was delivered was applicable to all that is why we believe that
our father directs this work we are on this earth for a particular reason just
get with it and live your very best person none of us are mind readers that I am
aware of just be your best self we have been taught since birth our best role in
life is to serve I know because there were good examples in my life called
parents who just lived and let the chips fall as they may so just live and
move on about living and see how joy full it is smile and love others.
Seriously I M LDS 2...You can't just accept that someone was trying to do
something nice? When was the last time you gave some service to someone???? Did
you do something that added value to their lives? Maybe they felt that same way
as you did...Can't We ALL just be Nice and Kind to others and accept the
good intentions of others??? Can't we all just assume Good Intent???
Let's try that instead of finding fault with someones tries at
Hello JaneB - It sounds like you feel left out of Pres. Nelson's message?
You are not alone or forgotten! Yes, our faith includes a lot of mothers with
children and it includes mothers with no children. In Sister Patricia
Holland's (wife of Elder Jeffrey R Holland) book "A Quiet Heart"
she points out that Eve was called "mother of ALL living" before she
bore children. Motherhood is not exclusive to maternity or the bearing of
children. It is a state of divine qualities and gifts interwoven into our
eternal natures, beings, and potential as daughters of God. In so many ways
"mothering" includes mentoring, teaching, encouraging, guiding,
nourishing. If you have engaged in any if those behaviors you have
Hi I M LDS 2 - Yes, it can feel sad when those who minister to us seem to not
know us very well. I've experienced that as I'm confident many have,
too. I agree with @Monicatries that clear and honest communication can go a long
way to feel understood and help others understand. If I have a specific need, it
would be my job and responsibility to communicate that with others who
wouldn't otherwise know without my sharing with them. They remembered you
in the way they knew how at the time. And I agree with @Monicatries that if you
shared your health needs with them they'd likely bend over backwards to
meet your need. Let them know what you need! 💛
This was an amazing talk, it's so wonderful to appreciate the women in our
Creepy all these social media fasts. What does the church not women and youth to
miss? Will see see a men social media fast of 14 days in a few months?
In the past I would have been upset by emphasis on motherhood. I think over half
of LDS women are not mothers. That is a large percentage. Yet, a wonderful,
elderly, childless, very devout Catholic friend taught me about spiritual
motherhood. She 'adopted' me as her spiritual child as she has done
for many others who needed a spiritual mother. I believe this is the eternal
perspective Pres Nelson is talking about. I believe this nurturing stewardship
applies to nature and animals as well. Women as protectors and promoters of
life. All of which God blesses. A 'blesser' may be another name for
Dear I AM LDS 2, I read your comment and you are so right, "Actually
adding value to people's lives is not simple nor easy." I worry all the
time that I'm missing the mark on helping people as they want, in lieu of
my awkward guesses as to what they need. It's hard to do unto others as
THEY would have you do unto them, not as you would have them do unto you. I
think your post has made me shy of ever making another food item of any kind for
anybody, ever, unless I've asked in advance about their nutritional needs.
But I bet if you call those women who made you the cookies and kindly explain
that you can't eat the them, and would prefer _________ instead, they will
bend over backward to listen. People want to reach out, and sometimes they just
need to be corrected through good communication, but changes can be made.
JaneB Pres. Nelson said it in his talk--his remarks apply to ALL women of the
church due to the eternal nature and their eternal role in motherhood. And
besides, with so many women that do have children, why is it inappropriate to
address them? I get it, it can be painful for those women who do not/can not
have children or are not married. We all have our crosses to bear, and in saying
that, I am not demeaning their position in life. However, we mortals sure look
at life with mere mortal eyes and do not see the big picture, that this life is
Eternal School and is a very short and short-sighted life at that. Back to Pres.
Nelson's and Pres. Oaks' and Eyring's talks--everything they said
could apply to the sisters of whom you say were neglected, regardless of age.
Sister's talks - excellent! President Nelson - also excellent! All very
inspiring. But why, oh why do the Brethren always fall back to the themes of
putting women on a pedestal, saying women are better nurturers, more spiritual
etc, and always always always emphasizing - to the exclusion of anything else -
the role of mothers. The church has so many single women (and girls) to whom
these constant messages about motherhood do not apply.
Thank you, DN, for this helpful report.
Can you think back on a time when you lovingly reached out with sincere effort
to help someone in need and felt that your efforts went unnoticed or perhaps
were unappreciated or even unwanted?” Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general
president, asked. “In that moment, did you question the value of your
service?”Perhaps we should be more thoughtful and less eager
to get our "rewards in heaven".I had a couple
"minister" to my family - "serve" us - by cooking us some
beautiful chocolate chip cookies!They never thought to ask if we are
diabetic and gluten intolerant. We are. Their "service" added no value
to our lives. But they didn't care. They "felt good" about their
service. Actually adding value to people's lives is not simple
nor easy. But too often we see so-called "service" that is merely the
easiest thing to do.