I got to watch the General Relief Society Meeting Saturday night, something I have not had the privilige of doing the last couple years. I was excited to meet the new presidency, and they are wonderful! They are so loving and sweet, so meek and mild, and very tenderhearted. I enjoyed and learned from each of their talks.
Linda K. Burton, President, talked about cheerfully keeping our covenants. She also shared an excellent analogy on self-worth another woman shared with her: a $20 bill, though it may be torn, dirty, worn out, wrinkled, and used, is still worth $20.
Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, talked about being wide awake to our duties. She shared an experience she had on a pioneer trek she did with the youth. On a part of the journey called the women's pull, the women had to push the handcarts up a hill without the men's help. A young woman who had already pushed her cart up came back down and helped Sister Stephens and her companion with their cart. But when Sister Stephens got to the top, she was too tired to go back down and help the others because she had not prepared physically for the trek. She likened this to being spiritually prepared so that we have the spiritual strength to help others.
Linda S. Reeves, Second Counselor, talked about three principles of the Atonement. She said that if we have truly repented we, like Alma the Younger once he repented, will long to be with Heavenly Father instead of being horrified at the thought of being in His presence.
The congregational hymn, "I Stand All Amazed," got me choked up. I was doing fine until then!
President Eyring closed by talking about serving others efficiently. He noted that the Good Samaritan laid out a plan for the man to be helped when he could no longer assist him.
Overall it was a very touching, spiritual, and encouraging meeting that I am so blessed and happy I got to watch.
Sharing Time: What did you take away from their talks?