[Hey, I stayed up way too late last night and gave my blog a facelift. I've never done pink before, but I'm hoping this is subtle enough. Feel free to look around the new digs.]
Here are some notes from the class I attended at BYU Women’s Conference called “The World’s Greatest Champion of Woman and Womanhood is Jesus the Christ” by Cheryl Savage and Ann Marie Toone. Please forgive that I am not the most excellent note-taker in the world, but I tried to capture some points and thoughts and quotes that stood out to me as I listened, and hopefully you’ll find them enlightening as well.
From Cheryl Savage:
She opened up by describing her large, young, busy family, and then said, “This is my stage and my season. I am a warrior.”
She used one of my favorite President Packer quotes:
“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.”
Womanhood comes with its own set of messy mortality.
Satan has done his best to destroy women, but Jesus Christ is stronger than Satan.
Don’t measure your worth or your day by society’s standard.
Elder Craig C. Cardon:
“After we do all we can do, His compassion and grace are the means whereby “in process of time” we overcome the world through the enabling power of the Atonement. As we humbly seek this precious gift, “weak things become strong unto [us],” and by His strength, we are made able to do that which we could never do alone.”
Remember the big picture. Allow the Savior to help you. Find your joy and never forget it.
Cheryl posted up the complete transcript of her talk on her own blog, so go check it out in all its glory. I’m sure you’ll feel uplifted. (Oh, and she quoted my book a few times, which was so nice of her, but I still feel a little sheepish about it.)
From Anne Marie Toone:
Jesus Christ demonstrated deep familiarity with women’s lives. He appreciated them and ennobled them.
- Each woman is a beloved daughter of Heavenly Parents.
- There is a plan.
- The Holy Ghost will help us know our role.
The Lord accepts our righteous offerings. He needs His daughters to receive, accept and fulfill their role.
He created men to need women, and He created women to need men.
He gives righteous women more lasting influence than women of the world. (I love that. I believe it so much. This is our great power.)
Women are expected to lead and counsel together with men.
Heavenly Father expects his daughters to use their influence to change the world.
She referred to Luke 10 to show that the story of Mary and Martha demonstrates that women could also participate spiritually in Jesus Christ’s work.
Christ was the greatest champion for us in the preexistence.
Question to consider:
If the Savior is my greatest champion, am I His?
These were both great talks. I could feel the spirit and the cheerleading of my Heavenly Father. He wants us to know how loved and needed and powerful we are. I know women and their work is valued and honored in His plan.
How do you know personally that Jesus Christ is a champion of you?
[Go here to see some of the women's conference transcripts that are available as well as information about rebroadcasting on BYUTV.]