Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Lesson to Women from the Prophet

For those of you who attended/ watched/ listened to the General Relief Society Meeting a few Saturdays ago, I'm not sure if you caught something.

My coworker and I were talking about it and we realized that we were "lovingly chastised" by our Prophet. In a matter of words, he told us there is a lot of pettiness (mean or ungenerous in small or trifling things) going on today among women. And in a matter of words, he told us to stop.

We absolutely needed to hear that.

I can't help but think know that we need to hear those comments from our leaders! We need to stop being so petty and rude to our fellow sisters. We need to stop judging and realize that we are all working toward the same goal. I promise it won't hurt you to say "hi" to one of your Relief Society sisters in the hall. I promise, she won't bite. Sit down next to someone new and make a friend. You have no idea what an angel you could be to that woman by just sitting next to her. If there is a single sister in your family ward, embrace her. If there is a clique of rude women in your ward who think they are better than everyone, pray for them and try your best to love and befriend them. If you serve as the Relief Society president and women shun you because you're their leader, love them and include them. Ask for their opinions on decisions. They're human. You're human.

If you judge someone, you have no time to love them.

Eliza R. Snow is one of my heroes - she told the women in the Nauvoo Relief Society how it was. No mincing words. No fluff. She gave it to them straight; we need more of that today. The problem is, when we do "get it straight," so many people get offended. It is sad when offense is taken at something the God is trying to tell His daughters. It wasn't just President Monson's idea to talk to us about charity, righteously judging others, and "dirty laundry vs. dirty windows," it was God's idea.

Yes, we are good, but the purpose of being "here" is to get better.

Stop. Listen. Smile. God loves us.


  1. Thank you Ashley! I agree with you 100%! We need these talks from our leaders, they aren't trying to offend they're trying to help us! Thanks for the great thought :D

  2. i was seriously LOVING on president monsons talk. for real.
    exactly what us woman needed to hear!


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