I attended a class taught by Ann M. Dibb and Mary N. Cook called Women of God. The class started with a musical number (performed by several young women) called Guardians of Virtue. I thought it was very touching.
- "Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity." -- Margaret Nadauld (This is one of my favorite quotes ever and is a recipe for the woman I want to become.)
- What kind of legacy will we leave behind? What will we be known for? Sister Dibb likes to read the obituaries, and shared a few snippets:
"She nourished our bodies as well as our souls."
"She showed true grit in trials."
"We know that he is now with God, who loves him even more than we do."
- Here are some legacies that people in the scriptures left behind:
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- To leave a good legacy, we can: be teachable, practice moral discipline, shun evil, repent, forget ourselves and serve God.
- This life is about becoming better, becoming like the Savior.
- The adversary, in subtle but very real ways, is slowly extinguishing the spark of divine nature.
- In order to nurture our divine nature, we need to know our real identity as daughters of God, we need to have a testimony and be witnesses of God, and we need to have the Spirit with us.
- Being in the world and not of the world requires making constant choices.
- Make it a priority to be still and ponder.
- Women are very often the catalysts for true changes.
- Disobedience suffocates the Spirit's promptings.
- Examples do matter. Every woman who strengthens the family and chooses the right becomes an example.
I am feeling highly motivated to be a woman of God. When I think of the legacy I want to leave my children and grandchildren, it has nothing to do with being tough, coarse, greedy, famous, vain, popular, etc. and everything to do with being tender, kind, refined, virtuous, pure, and faithful. I know what I need to do!