I found your blog by incident one day I was googling something (can't remember what it was) and your site came up and I "got stuck". Read one post after the other, day after day and about a month ago I came upon "The challenge". I just knew the very second I saw it that I had to take it. I felt the Spirit so strong; just like my chest was too small for my breath. I couldn't not do it after that. The full challenge.
It literally has been years since I've been so exited about the scriptures. I love reading, pondering, searching and last but not least talking about them. It feel like I have "a crush on the scriptures". Last time I heard myself babbling on and on like that was when I first met my husband.
I've started out with Doctrine & Covenants for two reasons. First, there aren't too many women in that book so if I read it last I would probably think it was a little boring (well, that's how I thought) and second, we're going to Palmyra and Kirtland this summer and I wanted to brush up on the things that happened there.
When I study I look for women and Heather, you were right! Women or the mentioning of something related to them jump up from the pages as I go along. And I get so excited about it every time. Also I get many other wonderful insights and teaching from what I read as well. I have my notebook with me - a big one, of course - and write down what I learn, what I know, what I think and what I feel.
So far I have especially noticed and learned that women are equal to men - both in personal responsibility, worth and potential. We are different, but equally loved. Well, I knew it before, but I feels fantastic to "discover it" all over again.
I still need to learn how to find all sorts of historic material on the women I "meet" but for now I enjoy what I can find.
This challenge not only gives me great joy for the women of the scriptures, me (and all women) and my responsibilities, worth and potential, but I experience so many things about the personality and ways of God too.
Heather, thank you for challenging me and for writing your fantastic blog.