One of the greatest daily battles I fight is to remind myself who I am. To not let the voices of dark and doubt overshadow the voices of LIGHT and TRUTH.
Today I wanted to share some powerful quotes by President Spencer W. Kimball, who was prophet for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was a young girl. I have a special fondness for President Kimball. He was a great man. My father is also a great man. My dad would get cassette tapes (if you don’t know what these are…google it! ha-ha) of President Kimball’s talks in church. He would listen to them in the car. President Kimball had to have surgery on his vocal chords or something like that–I can’t remember the exact reason–and because of that he had a raspy voice for the rest of his life.
It wasn’t a beautiful voice to listen to, but it was a voice bearing powerful testimony of truth that filled my little heart with the Spirit. I loved listening to his words. And I loved that I was able to listen to his words with my dad. My dad set a great example to me of whose voice I should listen to. Not the many voices clamoring for my attention, but the voice of God speaking through his prophet.
So today, I wanted to share some of the prophet’s words. They are words that I hope will help you as a woman to remember who you really are. And I totally believe that these apply to men too. Men are Sons of God. God loves us equally. One is NOT more important than the other. Just as one color of skin is NOT more important than the other. We are all equal before God. He made us. And I believe he made us all beautifully. We are His creations.
This quote is powerful. Memorize it. Use it in those moments when you are surrounded with doubts. You are a woman of God.
President Kimball continues:
“No greater status can be conferred upon you than being a daughter of God…All of you need to drink in deeply the gospel truths about your eternal nature of your individual identity and the uniqueness of your personality. You need, more and more, to feel the perfect love which our Father in Heaven has for you and to sense the value he places upon you as an individual. Ponder upon these truths, especially in those moments, (in the stillness of such anxiety as you may experience as an individual) you might otherwise wonder and be perplexed….
There is no greater and more glorious set of promises given to women than those which come through the gospel and The Church of Jesus Christ.
Where else can you learn who you really are?
Where else can you be given the necessary explanations and assurances about the nature of life?
From what other source can you learn about your own uniqueness and identity?
From whom else could you learn of our Father in Heaven’s glorious plan of happiness?”
In my recent post 3 Ways to Strengthen Your Roots of Faith I share a few links to learn about the Plan of Happiness. And if you are not familiar with the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can learn more about them here .
Hearing that we are women and daughters of God is one thing. The next step is to let it sink into our hearts, become part of our whole soul. It is something that I am constantly working on–ask my husband.
Seeking gospel truth, studying Christ’s words in the scriptures, and listening to the words of our modern-day prophets will help us sink this truth that we are women and daughters of God into our hearts. We are women and daughters of God. It is truth. And we have a great work to do. We cannot accomplish our INDIVIDUAL work until we get a firm knowledge of this truth. And when we do, truly I believe that angels will be sent to help us accomplish that mission.
Today there is a reason to hope.
PS This is a picture of my amazing parents! They both have taught me whose voice to listen to. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
PPS I am truly thankful God has blessed me with those six children in my main photo of this post. One blessing of being a mother is seeing the unique gifts each child has, and helping them see those gifts too.