Thursday, May 21, 2009

I'm not good at this game!

At least I got my Thankful Thursday post in an hour before Thursday was over this time, right?

Today I am grateful for Sister Beck, the general Relief Society President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My stake was invited to a Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment meeting of another stake that was hosting a Q&A with Sister Beck. It was awesome! And such a lift after having such a crazy day.

Sister Beck is straight forward, honest, unashamed, kind, funny, and totally great! The answers she gave to the questions she was asked were simple and strong. Here are a few of my favorites from tonight.

There is one rule for studying scriptures- Read them. Sit down to read every single day. Some days you'll have time to feast and some days it will be more like a quick bite, but it's that cumulative reading that gets the results you're looking for.

One sister said that as a SAHM of four young kids her husband was using scriptures to basically make her feel bad about not spending enough time with him. She asked Sister Beck if she had any advice (I can't remember how she worded it, but the impression that I got was that she wanted Sister Beck to tell her how to tell her husband that motherhood was the most important thing at this stage in their lives and he needed to be content with the backseat). Sister Beck said something to the effect of, "What you want me to do is give you bullets to put in your gun to shoot him with. (Most of us were chuckling by this point) I'm not going to do that. I'm going to read from the proclamation." I would have shouted "hallelujah" had we not been in a chapel! She then read the sentence from the proclamation that says "husbands and wives have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other." Yes, yes, YES! Yes it's hard to give so much of yourself to your children every single day, but it's so important that wives find time to give to their husbands as well. And the same goes for husbands. Take some childcare responsibilities off your wife's shoulders and she'll have more time to spend with you.

A wonderfully inspirational night that I hope I can remember when I start to lose perspective.

Happy Thankful Thursday! And Happy 86th birthday to my wonderful Grandpa who I am uber-dee-doober grateful for!!!...I think I'd like to post more on him, but I suppose that's best left for a more suitable hour for pondering and probably better for the family blog.


Jen said...

I'm so glad you got to come. It was so great to be uplifted and encouraged. What a great example Sister Beck is for all of us!

Richelle said...

Sounds like a great meeting. Great advice!