Wednesday, June 1, 2016

"A Plea to My Sisters" by President Russell M. Nelson

"We need your strength, your conversion, your conviction, your ability to lead, your wisdom, and your voices."

I recently read President Russell M. Nelson's October 2015 conference address, "A Plea to My Sisters."  Wowwwwwwwww!  Quite the powerful talk.  As I read, I felt the Holy Ghost witness to me that President Nelson truly is an apostle called by God to teach His children on the earth.  President Nelson eloquently and powerfully reminded me of my divine purpose as a woman on this earth and that I must keep pressing on and diligently trying to fulfill my role to its greatest potential.  There is so much work to be done and we as women are needed and are qualified for the work!

I wanted to share my favorite excerpt from his talk:

"Thirty-six years ago, in 1979, President Spencer W. Kimball made a profound prophecy about the impact that covenant-keeping women would have on the future of the Lord’s Church. He prophesied: “Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.”5
My dear sisters, you who are our vital associates during this winding-up scene, the day that President Kimball foresaw is today. You are the women he foresaw! Your virtue, light, love, knowledge, courage, character, faith, and righteous lives will draw good women of the world, along with their families, to the Church in unprecedented numbers!6
We, your brethren, need your strength, your conversion, your conviction, your ability to lead, your wisdom, and your voices. The kingdom of God is not and cannot be complete without women who make sacred covenants and then keep them, women who can speak with the power and authority of God!7
President Packer declared:
“We need women who are organized and women who can organize. We need women with executive ability who can plan and direct and administer; women who can teach, women who can speak out. …
“We need women with the gift of discernment who can view the trends in the world and detect those that, however popular, are shallow or dangerous.”8
Today, let me add that we need women who know how to make important things happen by their faith and who are courageous defenders of morality and families in a sin-sick world. We need women who are devoted to shepherding God’s children along the covenant path toward exaltation; women who know how to receive personal revelation, who understand the power and peace of the temple endowment; women who know how to call upon the powers of heaven to protect and strengthen children and families; women who teach fearlessly."

He then goes on to tell such a powerful story...keep reading here!