Sunday, May 25, 2008

One Bright Shining Hope

"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. They must begin in their own homes. They can teach it in their classes. They can voice it in their communities. They must be the teachers and the guardians of their daughters. When you save a girl, you save generations. I see this as the one bright shining hope in a world that is marching toward moral self-destruction."

- Gordon B. Hinckley

A thought for today, Sunday...the Sabbath Day.

What an amazing influence all women can have. It begins at home (but I notice that there isn't anything said there about whether that home is a home with a husband or children, it just begins in our "own homes") and then grows to encompass a broader responsibility. After a visiting teaching visit today, I was again reminded about the importance of teaching our daughters (and if you don't "have" any daughters, please think of "their daughters" as all the daughters of the Church) and guarding them from the terrible things Satan wants them to believe about themselves. We must stop belittling ourselves because our daughters see this and think they should do it too...we must lift our daughters to an understanding of the divinity within them (which is more wonderful and powerful than earthly fame and fortune can ever hope to achieve)...we must give voice to the power in our daughters to be that hope in the "moral self-destruction" facing the world today.

We must be women...women of God, women of Faith, women of Power.

7 comments:

Richelle said...

I like that quote. That is so important! The world is such a scary place to be raising our children, but there is hope if we teach them correct principles.

Summer said...

Thanks for this reminder Leslie.

stephi k said...

I hope I have not broken any of your rules in the past. Has anyone ever swore? Just curious.
I love what you wrote. I was thinking of some of those things last night--is there a day that goes by that I don't think about these things?

Amber said...

A beautiful quote...and beautiful reminder!!!!

Andrea said...

Thanks for sharing some inspiration! I often wonder what life is going to be like when my two girls are teenagers. Makes me want to do things the right way now and teach them the best I can--a daunting task!

Merrianne & Spencer Call said...

GREAT THOUGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

It is so true. I try to make sure I don't say anything bad about myself around my daughter, but sometimes I slip up, and eventually I hear her say the same thing about herself. I have to be a good example of self love if I want her to love herself.