I attended an incredibly moving and inspirational meeting this morning. It was a Relief Society meeting in which we had the privilege of hearing from our general relief society president, Linda K. Burton. It was a special opportunity to sit in a crowd of women and be addressed by such an amazing lady on the topic “being women of purpose.” For a large portion of the meeting she had microphones placed in each of the aisles of the chapel and opened up the floor to us to answer the question “What are we doing to increase our faith and personal righteousness?” (this is one of the 3 purposes of Relief Society)
I pretty much cried through the entire meeting as woman after woman powerfully shared their their personal struggles and what they do to call upon the powers of heaven to strengthen and help them. One had a thick accent and spoke of raising 4 young children, 2 of them with autism and not asking why, but simply praying to God to be with her, walk with her, and help her to do what He needs her to do. Some were just new mothers, trying to figure out how to be good ones. One works in a recovery center for women with eating disorders, another as a middle school teacher, another teaching langage at the MTC. Others spoke of thinking of Christ to help overcome moments of discouragement, using every day as an opportunity to serve others, having real conversations with our father in heaven, praying with our children.
It was a really inspiring and an amazing reminder that we never know what those around us are struggling with and because of that, we should always be kind. Those struggles mean that there are countless opportunities to lift up and serve the women around us and if we choose, we can be a force for so much good.