When I was a little girl I was uncomfortable with the word
“woman.” I didn’t want to say it. I would substitute, “lady” or “girl” whenever
I could. I felt the same way about the word “purse,” and tried to avoid that
word as well.
Maybe it was because I didn’t want to grow up. Maybe I
wanted to be little and without the responsibilities that all women with purses
have. I didn’t have an explanation. I just did not want to be called a woman or
carry a purse.
I am over that feeling now. I am in the final year of my
thirties and have a son that will be an adult in less than two years, so it’s
time. However, when several months ago I started to feel a strong pull toward
writing about womanhood, I felt an opposing pull telling me not to.
Being the mother of a teenage girl and boy I find myself
constantly running into issues related to this topic of womanhood. There has
been a lot of discussion about modesty, controlling thoughts, body image, and
feminism among kids in our home, at school, …
I am a missionary in my church ward (congregation). There are several members in every ward who work with the official tag-wearing missionaries you usually think of as they teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We also encourage all members to share the gospel by inviting their friends to activities, and into their homes to learn about our church. We recently put on a fireside (a meeting to share inspirational messages) to remind the members how they can share the gospel through everyday interaction and conversation. Below is the "transcript" we used to outline the meeting. It does not have every word written out, but gives a general idea of what was said. If you use this for your ward, feel free to expand on the ideas in your own words. The first skit is meant to be funny because the member is not sincere when speaking of the church. The other skits show a member sharing what they believe in a friendly and open way . The comments in italics are meant to help with the discussio…
This quote comes from an exceptional talk about envy by Jeffrey R Holland. He gave this in April 2012 General Conference. Another one of my favorite quotes from his talk is: "Envy requires us to suffer all good fortune that befalls everyone we know. What a bright prospect that is! Downing another quart of pickle juice every time anyone around you has a happy moment!"
When you put it that way, it sounds so obviously ridiculous to be bitter for others successes. I think "pickle juice" is going to be our family's new catch phrase for identifying jealousy and envy. Ok, and there's just one more that's really good too. I wish I could put this one on a banner at the kids' middle school! "Coveting, pouting, or tearing others down does not elevate your standing. Nor does demeaning someone else improve your self image."