Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What They Said Wednesday–Sister Julie B. Beck

Talk: Julie B Beck

  • Titled “What I hope my granddaughters will understand about Relief Society”
    • granddaughters are YW age
  • Relief Society is organized after a pattern of discipleship that existed in the ancient church
  • The Savior visited in the home of Mary, Martha
  • We learn about other women in the New Testament who worked to build the church
  • As the church was lost to apostasy, the pattern of discipleship by women was lost
  • A few months after the church was restored, the Lord called Emma to help her husband as he worked for the church. He asked her to strengthen families and homes, increase in personal righteousness, serve others
  • As missionaries went out in the early days of the church, they were able to go because they had wives who stayed home and were able to carry on the work in their homes
  • When the RS was organized, Emma was called as president with two counselors
    • Not chosen by popular vote like worldly organizations, but called by the Lord in His order
  • The first RS presidency knew they could teach, lead, inspire the early sisters to strengthen families and homes, increase in righteousness, seek others to serve
  • I hope my granddaughters value the temple
    • Temple blessings are the grand prize for every latter-day woman
  • Through the blessings of the temples, we promise to live as committed disciples
  • Importance and influence of WORLDWIDE relief society
  • As church has grown, RS is able to fulfill its purposes in every ward and branch around the world and able to adapt to a changing ward
  • Sisters around the world have many many challenges
    • purpose of RS--to provide relief to lift them above the challenges of life and bring them closer to the Lord
  • The work we are asked to do has never been too small or too inconsequential to the Lord
  • RS can provide a haven of safety, refuge, protection
  • Visiting Teaching is an expression of discipleship
  • At times, we have focused more on messages, notes, cookies. This could be compared to a lower law.
  • We need to move to a higher law--demonstrate your discipleship by truly caring for your sisters
  • You have the responsibility to love each sister, strengthen her faith, and look for opportunities for service
  • To the Lord--it is the CARING that counts, not the lists of things to do
  • We will be successful at VT when our sisters can say “My visiting teacher helps me grow spiritually. She cares about me. If I have problems, she will help me without waiting to be invited.”
  • Through VT, a RS pres can be informed on the well being of every sister
  • These teachings about VT and the history of RS can be found in Daughters in My Kingdom
  • It is for you to lead the world--especially the women of the world