LDS Women’s Meeting highlights + Pinterest motivational quotes

29 Sep

This weekend was the Women’s Meeting of the twice-yearly general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (if you’re not familiar, best description ever = TED talks with a twist). As with every session of conference, I learned a lot, felt the spirit, and was reminded deeply of God’s love for me and for all His children–those in the room watching the broadcast with me, and those across the globe.

I wanted to highlight some of my favorite parts–and I’m jumping on the chalkboard-and-cute-font bandwagon to make some of my own Pinterest memes (see below)!

The opening prayer from Dorah Mkhabela, a member of the Young Women General Board from South Africa. Aside from the increasing visibility and voice of diversity in the Church, I LOVED that this sister said in her prayer “Please bless our general women leaders.” We often pray, and rightfully so, for our prophet and apostles to be blessed and sustained in their work, but of course our women leaders need our prayers as well.

Dorah Mkhabela of the Young Women General Board.{Dorah Mkhabela of the Young Women General Board. Image via LDS.org.}

The choir. As the camera panned over the faces of the girls and women comprising the choir, I was struck by how beautiful it is that we are all different. I especially enjoyed the one woman in a bright tangerine shirt amidst the sea of pinks and purples. I would love to know how they describe the dress codes for these choirs. Like, “Remember, ladies, warm-hued jewel tones only! But nothing too yellow!” Be your own kind of beautiful, Lone Tangerine Shirt Lady. #youdoyou

When someone in the choir clearly missed the shirt color memo...you immediately think of this MormonAd.The Korean children’s choir. Almost too adorable to bear. Seriously, watch it now. (I had trouble loading the page, so you could also watch it here starting at 9:09.)

koreanchoir1{The little girls holding hands are killing me.}

The video about the temple: The story of the woman’s six children dying in the earthquake had everyone teary, but there were plenty other examples of wonderful women that make me want to be better.

President Jean A. Stevens: “Our differences cannot separate us, above all we are His [God’s].” “I saw them as God would: individually.” Go to the temple. Do family history work. Every minor change matters to the Lord.

President Neill F. Marriott: Love her sweet Southern accent and her FLOTILLA OF CHILDREN. “The blessings of the temple circling the earth.” “Each of you is valuable and essential in Heavenly Father’s plan.” “We need more distinctive and influential voices of women.” (YES!) “Sometimes I feel like a dim lightbulb.” (HA!) “We must continue in God.” “Every temple lessens the power of Satan on earth”–we can do the same as individuals living patterns of righteousness. Memorize “The Living Christ.” Push back the darkness, give voice to the truth that we know, and help and influence others.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: Amazing women shaped his life. You are a child of God. Walk the path of discipleship. It can be hard, but “I think God knows something we don’t.” Don’t make people you serve feel like a checkmark on your to-do list. A powerful metaphor: God doesn’t keep blessings locked up in a cloud in heaven and unlocks them only when we obey; blessings are constantly coming down like a rain shower. “It is our fear, doubt, and sin, that like an umbrella, block these blessings from reaching us. His commandments are the loving instructions and divine help for us to close the umbrella so we can receive the shower of heavenly blessings.” I also appreciated that he mentioned that we are “daughters of heavenly parents”–I would love to learn more about the doctrine of Heavenly Mother. And he also acknowledged that the Women’s Meeting is the opening of general conference, rather than a separate event, which is apparently a first, so that’s cool.

And now, for something completely different: As always, President Uchtdorf offered moving and memorable words of wisdom. Each of the apostles of the Church has his own style, but President Uchtdorf has always been able to understand and connect with the women of the Church well. (My family also thinks he’s a doppelganger for my dad, so that helps.) Even if you’re not Mormon, you’ve probably seen a number of quotes from him show up on Pinterest, complete with whimsical script lettering and a chevron or floral background. So when he said this, I knew I had to find a way to illustrate and share it:

“We need to accept that the commandments of God aren’t just a long list of good ideas. They aren’t lifehacks from an internet blog or motivational quotes from a Pinterest board. They are divine counsel based on eternal truths given to bring peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come.”

Here’s what I came up with–here’s to you, President Uchtdorf:

“We need to accept that the commandments of God aren’t just a long list of good ideas. They aren’t lifehacks from an internet blog or motivational quotes from a Pinterest board. They are divine counsel based on eternal truths given to bring peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come.” ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Oct. 2014 #WomensMeeting #ldsconf | Spifftacular

“We need to accept that the commandments of God aren’t just a long list of good ideas. They aren’t lifehacks from an internet blog or motivational quotes from a Pinterest board. They are divine counsel based on eternal truths given to bring peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come.” ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Oct. 2014 #WomensMeeting #ldsconf | Spifftacular

“We need to accept that the commandments of God aren’t just a long list of good ideas. They aren’t lifehacks from an internet blog or motivational quotes from a Pinterest board. They are divine counsel based on eternal truths given to bring peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come.” ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Oct. 2014 #WomensMeeting #ldsconf | Spifftacular

Did you watch the Women’s Meeting? What were your favorite parts?

 

 

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One Response to “LDS Women’s Meeting highlights + Pinterest motivational quotes”

  1. Heidi September 29, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    Love the highlights, love the graphics and love you!

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