Tribute to Sister Julie B. Beck

Sister Julie B. Beck has served as the general president of the Relief Society, the largest women’s organization in the world, for five years.  While I look forward to learning from the new president, Sister Linda K. Burton, I couldn’t go without honoring what Sister Beck has done for me personally.

There are so many things I could say about the powerful influence that Sister Beck has had on my testimony, but I think the best evidence is this list of posts where I have quoted her or referred to some of her teachings and counsel:

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so-heres-the-thing-about-resolutions-or-how-children-ruin-everything/

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sometimes-they-get-it/

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Thank you so much Sister Beck for helping me to better understand doctrines of Jesus Christ and better understand my role in His kingdom.  You have made me a better woman, mother, wife and disciple.  I’ll forever be grateful for that.

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10 thoughts on “Tribute to Sister Julie B. Beck

  1. I love her to! I am lucky enough to know her personally, I’ve known her for most of my life since I was a small child. She is every bit as awesome as you think she is and then some. She walks the walk and talks the talk. Even though she has had such a busy schedule over the past several years with all of her service commitments she still finds time for the little things. One day about a year after my Father passed my Mother came home to find Ramon and Julie mowing her lawn and doing all of her yard work that had fallen behind since my Dad passed. She does things like this all of the time, just to be nice. She is a great example and I just love her! Thanks for sharing this collection of her talks, I’ve learned so much from her to just like you!

    • Thank you so much for sharing that story!

      I was particularly touched during an episode of her Q&A on Mormon Channel about finding balance when she talked about a time when one of her daughters gave birth and due to her Church responsibilities she wasn’t able to be there until 3 weeks after the baby was born, and her daughter told her how much it hurt that her mom hadn’t been able to be there. Sis Beck was getting really emotional talking about it, and talked about how she didn’t know what had been more important than being there with her daughter.

      Sister Beck was in the YW Presidency when I was finishing up YW’s (shows you how young I really am – don’t judge!), and then was called to the RS presidency a few years after I graduated. It’s funny that I think about her as the YW president, but she was really the 2nd counselor. She had a bigger impact on me in YWs than the Gen. YW Pres did (I don’t even remember who the YW Pres was, all I remember is that when I heard Sis Beck called to be the RS pres I was like “Cool! It’s like YW’s all over again!”)

      I think this was a crucial time for the YW to have some continuity like that. I know that the YW who were just older than me had a really hard time transitioning to RS, but my generation, and the YW just younger than me seemed to have a much easier time and I attribute that to Sis Beck – she was awesome

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  3. I was so sad to see her released. I love her so much. She has been such an amazing example to the women of the Church (and to the men). When I first started blogging she gave a talk at Conference that generated a lot of buzz. I am so grateful for her and her strength and her amazing example. I feel she raised the bar for all of us.

    I can’t wait to come back and click your links.

    You are amazing, Stephanie.

  4. I love this post!! I have to admit, when they announced her release, I sort of cried out, “Oh no!!!” And my kids said, “Mom, what’s the matter? Do you know her?” And I said, “YES!! Well, sort of…. I LOVE her!” She has been such a source of strength and inspiration to me as well. So are you, Stephanie, thank you! 🙂

  5. A friend recently said to me: “Sister Beck is a woman for our times.” I couldn’t have said it better. She did what she was asked to do and served with her whole heart.

  6. I have to say- I’m glad I stumbled onto your blog! I’m a busy Mormon mommy too- I’ve got 5 -ages 9 down to 6 months. I’m hoping to find inspiration and laughs and a “renewed sense of purpose” on your blog. Excited to follow it!
    I too was a little sad about Sister Beck’s release. She was a wonderful President. I am sure we will all get to “know” and love and appreciate the new Presidency, too. I look forward to it.

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