Julie B. Beck
In this post I will profess my love for Julie B. Beck. Get ready.
Julie B. Beck is the President of the Relief Society. The Relief Society is a philanthropic and educational women’s organization and an official auxiliary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was founded in 1842 and is one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the world, with more than 6 million members in over 170 countries and territories. Most importantly she loves us all very much; every single member of the Relief Society. She is a very special woman.
Julie actually lives in the same city as my mother so maybe someday while strolling around town I’ll see her? And get to scare her with a huge hug? A girl can dream.
Why do I love her so? She shares the message of the gospel of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and she does it in a way that really speaks to me. She is loving but she is STRONG and to the point. The way she delivers these messages inspires immediate change in me, gives me endurance to keep doing what I am doing right and answers my prayers. I am so grateful for her.
Earlier today she gave a talk during our church’s General Conference (held twice a year in Salt Lake City where our church leaders speak and give counsel. It is televised across the world and this is the 180th time it has been held). Today, she once again has provided me with insight, words of comfort, and a message of urgency and importance in my divine calling as a MOTHER. I couldn’t wait to hop on the computer and share some quotes from her talk today with you. I love learning from other religions and religious leaders. I hope that those of you whoare not familiar with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints can learn from her words as well.
“How does one increase faith, strengthen families and provide relief? How does a woman in our day find answers to her own questions and stand strong and immovable against incredible opposition and difficulty? A good woman knows that she does not have enough time, energy or opportunity to take care of all of the people or do all of the worthy things her heart years to do. Life is not calm for most women and each day seems to require the accomplishment of a million things most of which are important. A good woman must constantly resist the luring and deceptive message from many sources telling her that she is entitled to more time away from her responsibilities and that she deserves a life of greater ease and independence. But with personal revelation she can prioritize correctly and navigate this life confidently. The ability to quality for, receive and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life.
Revelation can come hour by hour and moment by moment as we do the right things. When women nurture as Christ nurtured a power and peace can descend to guide when help is needed.
Personal Revelation gives us the understanding of what to do every day to increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek those who need our help.
Promised personal revelation comes when we ask for it, prepare for it and go forward in faith trusting that it will be poured out upon us.
We know we are successful if we live so that we quality for, receive and know how to follow the Spirit. When we have done our very best we may still experience disappointments but we will not be disappointed in ourselves. We can feel certain that the Lord is pleased when we feel the Spirit working through us. Peace, joy and hope are available to those that measure success properly.
The Lord depends on his daughters to do their part to strengthen the homes of Zion and build his kingdom on the Earth. As they seek and qualify for personal revelation the Lord will pour out his Spirit upon his handmaids in these Latter Days.”
-Julie B. Beck
The previous quotes were from her latest talk in the 180thGeneral Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You can listen to or read her whole talk at lds.org. The following quotes were transcribed by me and may very well have a couple mess ups.
Being a wonderful parent is the hardest, yet most important task we will have. Boy is it hard. But we can do it. We can gather strength from each other, from God and from wonderful women like Julie B. Beck.