Feb 26, 2009

Our Divine Roles As Women

I taught a lesson to the young women in our church this past Sunday. The lesson was entitled, "Attitudes Towards Our Divine Roles As Women." Wow. Divine. We have DIVINE roles as women in this world. I believe that. I really, really do. The lesson started off with this little poem,

"You never know what a girl is worth,
You'll have to wait and see;
But every woman in a noble place,
A girl once used to be."

Take a minute to think about all the 'noble' women that you know, knew, or have ever heard of. They didn't wake up one day and become noble. They weren't born that way. At one point in their lives they were just a little girls, making tough decisions and trying to do what was right. They probably each had influences in their lives that molded them into the women they are now, and maybe they were the influences that have helped to mold you into the woman you are now. So I encourage you, be a noble woman. You have a divine role in this world as a woman. A mother, sister, daughter, wife, aunt, grandmother or whatever it may be. You are a daughter of our Heavenly Father, and He loves you. Don't ever forget it!

I found this wonderful message on Motherhood from Gordan B. Hinckley, who was our beloved prophet before he passed away last year.

“Most of you are mothers, and very many of you are grandmothers and even great-grandmothers. You have walked the sometimes painful, sometimes joyous path of parenthood. You have walked hand in hand with God in the great process of bringing children into the world that they might experience this estate along the road of immortality and eternal life. It has not been easy rearing a family. Most of you have had to sacrifice and skimp and labor night and day. As I think of you and your circumstances, I think of the words of Anne Campbell, who wrote as she looked upon her children:

You are the trip I did not take;

You are the pearls I cannot buy;

You are my blue Italian lake;

You are my piece of foreign sky.

(“To My Child,” quoted in Charles L. Wallis, ed., The Treasure Chest [1965], 54)

You [mothers] are the real builders of the nation wherever you live, for you have created homes of strength and peace and security. These become the very sinew of any nation.” Gordon B. Hinckley




23 comments:

Kara said...

AMEN!Women are wonderful, as are men and I am glad we have the responsibilities that we do!

Lauri said...

Thanks for that divine reminder. It (motherhood) is my greatest privilege.

BreAnn said...

Thanks for sharing that message, it's a good one. But I just thought I would let you know, because I keep checking in on your blog with your contest, last night I dreamed I was looking up your blog and checking it. Too bad you can't count that. It's a good thing this week is almost over. ;)

Amy said...

We had this lesson on Sunday, too. But, I really like the extra quotes you brought to it! What is your calling?

Elena said...

I needed that little boost this morning. A great way to start the day. Good luck today with your contest. Have fun.

Marissa said...

Loved the message, hot stuff! I think we forget just how lucky we are sometimes to be moms. Hey- we're coming to Canada in August...you better be there!!

Kobe Family said...

Great reminder of the awesome responsiblity we carry. And thank heaven for supportive husbands!

Tara said...

Hey Karli, I taught this same lesson last Sunday :) yay for us! I used Elder Ballards talk from April 2002 a lot, which in the end made me boob like a baby but that's ok right?!

Grande's said...

Thank you for the reminder! I full heartedly agree. I do remember when I was a teen feeling how it sucked to be a girl, but now I fully embrace it!

Anna said...

wow that was awesome, Karli! thanks for the reminder. have a great day!

ty and megs said...

Do you know Shawn Clark? My cousin left a comment on my blog (after looking at yours) saying she noticed you guys are from the same small town. Vanderhoof? Shawn is married to my cousin Jill. Small world! -- if you know him. :)

Anonymous said...

Leaving My Comment, Lily Ann

Jana Jensen said...

You are great sister and a wonderful mother. I love being Mom to 4 boys they make me smile and remind me every night (when they are all sleeping) why I love being their Mom. Good reminder for us all.

Jana Jensen said...

You are great sister and a wonderful mother. I love being Mom to 4 boys they make me smile and remind me every night (when they are all sleeping) why I love being their Mom. Good reminder for us all.

Paula said...

Bravo, Jana! That was so good it deserved saying it twice! You young women are all so wise and good. You will never, ever, regret what you're doing with the hours of your days.
Hey, Karli, be nice to my son, OK? He's apparently losing big time. Do you have a consolation prize for him?

Karli said...

Paula, I'm still afraid he has something up his sleeve and is going to thrash me in the end. We'll see! But he gets a great consolation prize. It's me not whining cause I lost! hee hee!

Kimberli said...

This is a beautiful article Karli...Thank-you...Kimberli

Heather said...

Thanks for sharing this and I love the picture - this is one of my favorite paintings!

Tandra Masse said...

Karli, Thanks for posting "Our Divine Roles As Women". It's was very uplifting:) It's important to be reminded of how important our jobs are as parents! Sometimes we forget.

Arah Debra said...

Thanks for this post. The visiting teaching message this month was on the same thing. I wish I would have read this post before I did my visits.

The Clark Family said...
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The Clark Family said...

Hello! I found your blog from Google images. I have been searching for the name of that picture of baby Jesus peeking over Mary's shoulder. Do you know the name or how I can find it?

Karli said...

To: The Clark Family

The painting is by Liz Lemmon Swindle and it's called "Be It Unto Me".

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