Live blogging the Relief Society General broadcast

24 Sep

President Julie Beck: Pattern of discipleship in the ancient church.
Early LDS church–women were economic supporters of men as missionaries and early church members.

Authority to teach.

Preparation of saints for temple fulness–>RS
Red brick store–select society, choice, virtuous, and holy
I hope my granddaughters treasure the temple, make covenants there.

Patterns of discipleship that are applied globally on a local level.

Mental, physical, spiritual illness. War, hunger, natural disaster. Addiction, insufficient education.

Trials can bleach the bones of faith and discipleship. RS gives relief. Through RS, discipleship is expanded and work with Christ.

Sisterhood and protection.

13 Responses to “Live blogging the Relief Society General broadcast”

  1. Liz September 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    We do the things here that HE would do. True ministry is measured by our charity and not by the perfection of out statistics.

    VTs care. Inspire ministry. Bishop and RS need VTers to carry out care for the ward.

    Seek inspiration, we can achieve the miraculous.

  2. Liz September 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Hopes that we will have a pattern of discipleship that Christ will recognize when He returns.

    RS divinely created. Women are to lead the world (JFS). RS becomes a way of life, help fulfill it’s divine purpose.

    **pardon me if I misquote anything these women say. I am typing on an iPad and can’t go very fast. Best to consult the transcripts of their talks, of course**

  3. Liz September 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Sister Sylvia H. Allred: red brick store. Early RS meetings. JS quotation of 1 Corinthians Paul’s discourse on charity. JS: enlarge souls toward others if you would be like Jesus. Long-suffering.

    Relieve the poor and save souls.

    What is charity. Mormon, Paul, Nephi. Paul charity is a state of being, a state of the heart, bestowed on disciples, divine gift. We need to have it to achieve celestial kingdom. Clothed with charity.

    desire! Pray. Reading scriptures daily can bring our minds to christ.

    Teichert’s rescue of the lamb. Compassion of christ, ministry to women and children, forgiveness, suffered and died for mankind.

    JS’s brotherly love. Pres. Monson is an example of charity. Resist impulse to become offended. Acceptance and refusal to categorize others. Help when it is inconvenient.

  4. Liz September 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    VT lends charitable service. Follow the savior and act as instruments when we strengthen the sisters under our care.

    Charity softened heart of a brother.

    Hearts changed by qualifying for and keeping covenants.
    Gratitude for infinite gift of mercy.
    Find joy even when our own unmet needs are great.

    JS. Live up to principles, glorious reward in celestial kingdom. Angels won’t be restrained.

    Filled with love knowing we have rendered acts of service.

    Daughters in my kingdom. Invitation to be filled with charity. Use all your resources to do good. Lord will crown your efforts with success. Faith and gratitude for the atonement lead us to develop charity.

  5. Liz September 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Barbara Thompson: lift up you hearts and rejoice and cleave unto the covenants you have made.

    Grand other’s patriarchal blessing. Chosen before the world. The destroyer sought her, but it will flee because of her righteousness. Retire to closet in prayer. Covenants provide comfort.

    Cleaving unto covenants. DIMK. Contract between god and man (woman). Obligation to honor. Cleave adhere firmly. Scripture figures made covenants.

    Baptism…. Covenant. Repent and are willing to take upon us the name of christ. Mourn and comfort others.

    JS temple. House built unto God’s name. RS lead to greater blessings of the temple. Endowment bring out of darkness into light.

    Covenants sustain. We are a covenant people. ALL We are to the kingdom of God on the earth.

    Joy and protection. King Benjamin. Christ would atone, name only name to receive salvation. Be fee of sin and be sanctified. Spirit filled them with joy, they were absolved.

  6. Liz September 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Ammon… Rejoice!
    Covenants impart Spirit.
    Stuttgart sister. He makes all things well. Sarah Rich in Nauvoo, temple service. Joy and comfort in sorrows. Sustain in journey.
    After temple dedication, Lord told the saints to rejoice at blessings. Ukraine couple traveled to Freiburg 27 hours away.
    Grandmother loved performing vicarious ordinances. 20 years in Manti temple. Righteous woman who kept her covenants.
    Sift through possessions after we die, will they find evidence that we have kept our covenants? material culture shout out.

    Covenant keeping IS happiness and will help us in times of trial.
    i love you. Hope you will experience this joy in you own lives.

    Masterfully done, Barbara

  7. Liz September 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    My dad is watching the broadcast with the women of our family and is singing hark all ye nations with the congregation. I love my dad.

  8. Liz September 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    President Uchtdorf… Honor to speak.
    Walking with wife and daughter through a garden. Forget-me-not. Tender connection to it from a child. Blue. German legend about God naming the flower. Boy says, Forget me not, oh Lord. Five petals of flower metaphor for five things never to forget.
    1. Forget not to be patient with yourself. Comparison, false expectations, all have strengths and weaknesses. God wants to help us turn weaknesses into strengths, long term goal. One day we will. Compassionate with ourselves. Small successes be grateful. God notices them, and they are not small to Him. More obviously beautiful flowers. wonder and delight in the tiniest steps of our journey.

  9. Liz September 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    2. Forget not the difference between a good and a foolish sacrifice. Ask, am I committing my time and energies to the things that matter most. Sacrifice something good for something that is far greater. Nurturing small flowers instead of exotic blooms.
    3. Forget not to be happy now. Charlie and the chocolate factory. (my mom: do you think Roald Dahl has ever been quoted in general conference? ;)) all waiting for our golden ticket. Marriage, freedom from stress and worry. Put our happiness on hold while waiting for our golden ticket. We don’t notice the blessings we do have. Never stop striving for the best that is in you or for hoping for the best. A rich, well-lived life. Joy of everyday lives, woven tapestry of wonder.
    4. Forget not the why of the gospel. Duties and obligations, see the gospel as a list of tasks, block of time. Forget why we do things. Gospel is a pathway, not an obligation. Glory and inexpressible fulfillment in the life to come. The eternal fire and majesty of the gospel springs from why. Gospel ceases to be a burden but becomes a joy and a delight. Path of discipleship with eyes on the grand. Do not walk unaware of beautiful spiritual and physical landscapes around us. Why of obedience transforms our acts into holy acts of consecration.
    5. Forget not that God loves you. I was never forgotten. You are not forgotten. Sisters wherever you are whatever the circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days(amen). In fact, he loves you with an infinite love, loved by the king of infinite space and everlasting time. Love of god and restored gospel is redemptive and saving. HEALS wounds. You are closer to heaven than you suppose. Accept gospel of Jesus Christ as your way of live. Treasure membership in RS. something sublime about the forget-me-not.

  10. Liz September 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Thank you for everything you do. Never forget you are daughters in God’s kingdom.

    AMEN.

    Now let us rejoice in the day of salvation.

  11. Liz September 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Just a note: I loved that none of this counsel was particularly focused on gender roles but on general gospel principles. Although I still find the male hierarchy and gender-stratified organization of the church to be confusing and difficult to reconcile with God’s view of women, this meeting was very soul satisfying and did not pigeonhole me or encourage me to enact certain types of femininity. It was about discipleship, the love of God, and ministry, which applies to all God’s children.

  12. J. Stapley September 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Strong work, liz. Thanks.

  13. Swisster September 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    I missed President Beck’s talk. Thank you, Liz.

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