"...presidency has prayed, fasted, pondered, and counseled with prophets, seers, and revelators to learn what God would have us do to help His daughters be strong in the face of “the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth.” An answer has come that the sisters of the Church should know and learn from the history of Relief Society. Understanding the history of Relief Society strengthens the foundational identity and worth of faithful women."How exciting to me that the answer they got from the Lord about how to fortify women was to learn their history! I know that Sister Beck was talking specifically about the history of the Relief Society but I couldn't help but extrapolate her talk to include all the history we have about women's involvement in the gospel and with Jesus Christ... all the women in the scriptures.
Her talk reminded me of why I am writing this blog and why I feel that understanding the history of the women of the scriptures is so valuable. I think she outlined the reasons well, she said:
"We study our history to learn who we are. There is a worldwide hunger among good women to know their identity, value, and importance.You can go here to read her full talk entitled "Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and work of Relief Society".
...We study our history to learn what we are to do. Through our history we learn how to prepare for the blessings of eternal life.
...We study our history because it unites faithful women.
..We study our history because it helps us change. Ultimately, the value of history is not so much in its dates, times, and places. It is valuable because it teaches us the principles, purposes, and patterns we are to follow, it helps us know who we are and what we are to do, and it unites us in strengthening the homes of Zion and building the kingdom of God on the earth."
I just want to add my testimony to Julie Beck's and say that there is such power in knowing our history. It reminds us that God is no respecter of persons and that throughout history he has always poured out his spirit upon his righteous daughters. The more I learn about them the more I see that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Women have such an incredible role to play here on the earth and it is so exciting for me to see the power and the strength He is pouring out upon his daughters. What a wonderful time to be a righteous woman and what great examples we have to follow!
Also I just wanted to share again the re-enactment of the first Relief Society that I wrote last year for our ward to perform. It was an incredible experience for our ward and I just wanted to let some of my new readers know about it. You are welcome to use this script for your own use and I hope that if you do you will send me pictures about how it went... please, pretty please.