Friday, July 28, 2006

Woman- Of Infinite Worth

I just got called to give a talk in church on Sunday. In looking at various conference articles at the lds.org website, I found this great talk by Elder Russell M. Nelson called "Woman - of Infinite Worth" from Conference of October 1989. I am not sure how to link it... but maybe you can find it by doing a search on the site.
One of my favorite parts:
Of course, there are times when a woman’s ability to endure is taxed to the limit. A teacher may have had enough of childish pranks, or a mother might be heard to say she’s “ready to resign.” She could become discouraged, especially if comparing herself unrealistically to others or focusing on what she is to do instead of on what she is to be.
Her self-esteem cannot be based on physical features, possession or lack of a particular talent, or comparative quantities of anything. Her self-esteem is earned by individual righteousness and a close relationship with God. Her outward glow is generated by goodness within. And her patience is much more apparent than any imperfection. (See
D&C 67:13.)
Sweet serenity is found in fervent prayer. Then, we forget ourselves and remember the reaching hands of the Savior, who said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (
Matt. 11:28.) As our burdens are shared with Him, they do become lighter.

3 comments:

Pa said...

love the quote about prayer. sometimes it is a great source of strength for those days that young mothers will inevitably have. mom

Leslie said...

thanks for that today! good luck on your talk. why don't you post your finished product on your blog, too? Please? :)

Carla said...

The Savior showed his belief in the worth of women....he loved Mary and Martha and considered them close friends. He first proclaimed his role as Savior to a woman. He first appeared to a woman after his cruxifiction and instructed her to testify of him to his apostles. This in a society where a woman's testimony in court was considered worth half that of a man... a society where women were considered hysterical and untrustworthy. There are instances sprinkled throughout the New Testament exemplifying the Savior's respectful treatment of woman. When a woman came begging for a blessing for her child, he exclaimed of her great faith.
Christ recognized the infinite worth of woman.