Last night was stake Enrichment night, and our guest speaker was Sister Julie B. Beck, General R. S. President. Before she spoke, our stake leadership read a letter (you may have heard it) from the General Presidency reminding us that things General Authorities say in individual meetings (such as the one we were in) were for the benefit of the attendees only, and that notes we take were for our own use and not to be circulated over the internet or in other ways to other people.
So in sharing some thoughts and quotes here I’m probably doing exactly what they don’t want me to do. But I think it’s probably OK as long as we all understand that the following is DARLENE’S TRANSLATION OF and RESPONSES TO A TALK BY SISTER JULIE B. BECK, not to be taken as literally Sister Beck’s words. Because maybe I heard it wrong, wrote it wrong, or simply was existing in another universe completely while she was speaking. Got it? OK. Here goes.
Sister Beck spoke for a few minutes, then opened up the meeting to questions. Here are two questions I wanted to ask but didn’t:
“I have friends who are getting a little panicky about the inevitable (as they see it) upcoming collapse of the economy. Some even feel that in the last General Conference, the GA’s were warning about it in sort of veiled terms. I didn’t get that message at all and feel like we should just keep on diligently towards the goals the GA’s have always been recommending: get a year’s supply, get out of debt, have an emergency savings account. Is this something the RS presidency is concerned about? Have you heard anything from the GA’s about it? And what is your suggestion for maintaining hope and peace during this time?”
“In your first talk in General Conference, you mentioned that we LDS women should be the best homemakers in the world. I know women who have really struggled with this, feeling like, ‘Gee, it’s hard enough to get the dishes washed each night, and now you’re telling me my house has to be the cleanest on the block?’ As for me, I didn’t feel like this is what you meant. Could you elaborate more on what you really meant?”
But I didn’t ask them.
The questions that did get asked were more like, “How can we make the young sisters feel more at home in RS?” And “How can we foster more sharing among sisters without encouraging whining?”
I only jotted down the things that interested me, or thoughts I had as a result of things she said, so here’s just a hodgepodge.
Remember the three goals each RS woman should have: 1) strengthen home and family, 2) increase faith and personal righteousness, 3) serve the Lord and others. These are your three responsibilities daily. Nothing else matters much. We believe it can be done. We just go about doing the best we can. Just get up every day and do what you know to be right and ask the Lord to help.
The goal of prayer: what do I have to do today in order to live with greater faith, greater hope, and greater charity? How do I need to change?
When you have a problem, ask, “What is it about me that I have to change so that something else can move?”
Sister Beck heard Elder Holland say in a regional conference, “This year, for a New Year’s resolution, resolve to forgive yourself.”
Feel like you need a break? Don’t take a break the world’s way (escape). Instead, take a respite, making sure that you do things that fill you up. What kinds of things, truly, will fill you up? What kinds of things do you truly need? 1) Be as physically strong as you can. (food, sleep, exercise). 2) Word of God in your life, daily. 3) Time on your knees, daily. You’ll never feel fed, no matter what kind of “break” you take, without those things. Because what you need is a miracle: you need a reservoir o strength that you don’t have and knowledge (answers that you don’t have). These comes from God. You’re on the Lord’s errand and He blesses you with miracles.
These children are being hit; they have daily contact with evil. They are future prophets and prophetesses (definition of prophet: someone who knows how to receive revelation). Your job is to teach them how to do this. You can’t delegate this job.
Discipline yourself, not them.
Mothers have three shifts: nighttime, daytime, and swing [what I call the witching hour]. You really can only work two shifts well. Swing is the most important, so save up for it. Rest during the daytime so that you can come out at the top of your game when they get home from school. (Make sure you do restful, filling things during the day so that you are not tired from work or play when they get home.)
Gaining charity is a lifelong quest.
Share your troubles with your sisters without whining.