Young women, look into the mirror of eternity. Remember who you are! See yourself as our Heavenly Father sees you. You are elect. You are of noble birth. Don’t compromise your divine inheritance. You were born to be a queen. Live so you are worthy to enter the temple and there receive “all that [the] Father hath.” Develop deep beauty. There is no more beautiful sight than a young woman who glows with the light of the Spirit, who is confident and courageous because she is virtuous.
-Elaine S. Dalton, "Remember Who You Are" LDS April General Conference, 2010.
This year, as I work to create novels which will actually sell and a web persona that won't turn people off, I find myself wanting to post things which matter to me and then deciding not to because then I might come across as preachy or strangely religious.
Well guess what? I am strangely religious. I believe in God in a world where many do not. So many voices are so loud on the internets -- scary loud. I don't want to step on anyone's toes, so I just keep my mouth shut.
And listen to my soul scream in agony.
So I've decided that come what may, I have to be true to myself. In order to do that, I need to be frank about two things: I believe in God and I believe that God loves each and every one of us because we are his children.
I am not the perfect example of a Christian. But I strive each day to become a little bit more like my Savior. Because I know He lives. And when I die, I really hope that I'll be the kind of person He allows in His kingdom.
We have, as women in our church, a motto. It is one I cherish. Allow me to share it with you now:
We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him.
We will “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places”
as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are:
Faith • Divine Nature • Individual Worth • Knowledge • Choice and Accountability • Good Works • Integrity • and Virtue
We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values,
we will be prepared to strengthen home and family,
make and keep sacred covenants,
receive the ordinances of the temple,
and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.
I have a daughter. If I cannot stand for truth and righteousness, how can I expect to raise her to do just that? Look at this precious face.
She is so innocent. So pure. She is the tiny embodiment of virtue, gumption, and strength. She is a Princess, a literal daughter of the King of Heaven, destined to one day become a Queen in that kingdom.
I pray that I can be the woman, the beacon, the anchor of faith she needs me to be so she can succeed in her journey. Mostly, I pray that I can teach her of Christ. So she can know, with a surety which succeeds her faith, that she "can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."