Sometimes, persons outside the Church, and sometimes persons within it, wonder what the woman's place is in the organization. With men so apparently at the forefront, there has been quite a bit of confusion as to what the women are supposed to do, or what role of importance they might play. A modern prophet said this:
"It is so tremendously important that the women of the Church stand strong and immovable for that which is correct and proper under the plan of the Lord ... If they will be united and speak with one voice, their strength will be incalculable.
... When you save a girl, you save generations. She will grow in strength and righteousness. She will marry in the house of the Lord. She will teach her children the ways of truth. They will walk in her paths and will similarly teach their children. Wonderful grandmothers will be there to lend encouragement. I see this as the one bright shining hope in a world that is marching toward self-destruction." Gordon B. Hinckley
Listen to the full address here.
I was led to this address while working on an assignment for my part-time Church service mission. I've always had a strong testimony of the role of women in our Heavenly Father's plan and I've always known that LDS women are not the downtrodden waifs some members of the press would portray. What touched me the most about this address was the power in the prophet's words as he spoke of motherhood. I've been having one of those days (children trying to kill each other - you know how it goes) where motherhood seemed like an impossible task, like I was fighting a battle that could not be won. This address inspired me to pick up my sword again and plunge back into the fray.
My thoughts this Sunday - the battle is worth the reward. To give up would be to surrender not only the crown, but the well-being of my family. I carry tremendous influence in my home and only I can determine what my actions will be, and my actions will determine whether I win or lose. In this battle, the field is the soul, and I decide what takes place in my soul.