Sunday, August 22, 2010

A post to women everywhere... [part 2]

find the first edition here.
these posts are things i really believe.
things i feel strongly about.
today i taught in young women's about being daughters of a Heavnely Father who loves us.
we truly are.

while preparing i found some amazing quotes.
read these.
think about them and what they mean in your life.
i know that as we understand we are daughters of Him something changes.
we don't care what other people think.
we are confident in ourselves because He is confident in us.

“Daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us”
…quotes to remind you how truly special you are.

From the book “My Dear Sisters” by President Gordon B. Hinckley:
“You are young enough that the future world of which you dream still lies ahead of you. Each is a child of God. Each of you is a creature of Divinity. You are literally a daughter of the Almighty. There is no limit to your potential. If you will take control of your lives, the future is filled with opportunity and gladness. You cannot afford to waste your talents or your time. Great opportunities lie ahead of you.”
“You are creatures of divinity; you are daughters of the Almighty. Limitless is your potential. Magnificent is your future.”

From the talk “To Young Women” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (Oct. 2005):
“First of all, I want you to be proud you are a woman. I want you to feel the reality of what that means, to know who you truly are. You are literally a spirit daughter of heavenly parents with a divinity nature and an eternal destiny. That surpassing truth should be fixed deep in your should and be fundamental to every decision you make as you grow into mature womanhood. There could never be a greater authentication of your dignity, your worth, your privileges and your promise. Your Father in Heaven knows your name and knows your circumstance. He hears your prayers. He knows your hopes and dreams, including your fears and frustrations. And He knows what you can become through faith in Him. Because of this divine heritage you, along with all your spiritual sisters and brothers, have full equality in His sight and are empowered through obedience to become a rightful heir in His eternal kingdom, an ‘[heir] of God, and joint-heir with Christ.’”
“Be a woman of Christ. Cherish your esteemed place in the sight of God. He needs you. This Church needs you. The world needs you. A woman’s abiding trust in God and unfailing devotion to things of the Spirit have always been an anchor when the wind and the waves of life were fiercest. I Say to you what the Prophet Joseph said more than 150 years ago: ‘If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.’”
“I plead with you young women to please be more accepting of yourselves, including your body shape and style, with a little less longing to look like someone else. We are all different. Some are tall, and some are short. Some are round, and some are thin. And almost everyone at some time or other wants to be something they are not! But as one adviser to teenage girls said: ‘You can’t live your life worrying that the world is staring at you. When you let people’s opinions make you self-conscious you give away your power…The key to feeling [confident] is to always listen to your inner self-[the real you].’ And in the kingdom of God, the real you is ‘more precious than rubies.’ Every young woman is a child of destiny and every adult woman a powerful force for good. I mention adult women because, sisters, you are our greatest examples and resource for these young women. And if you are obsessing over being a size 2, you won’t be very surprised when your daughter or the Mia Maid in your class does the same and makes herself physically ill trying to accomplish it. We should all be as fit as we can be-that’s good Word of Wisdom doctrine. That means eating right and exercising and helping our bodies function at their optimum strength. We could probably all do better in that regard. But I speak here of optimum health; there is no universal optimum size.”

From the talk “The Sanctity of the Body” by Sister Susan W. Tanner (Oct. 2005):
“Happiness comes from accepting the bodies we have been given as divine gifts and enhancing our natural attributes, not from remaking our bodies after the image of the world. The Lord wants us to be made over-but in His image, not in the image of the world, by receiving His image in our countenances.” (Alma 5:14, 19)
“When we become other-oriented, or selfless, we develop an inner beauty of spirit that glows in our outward appearance. This is how we make ourselves in the Lord’s image rather than the world’s and receive His image in our countenances.”
“President Hinckley spoke of this [inner] beauty: ‘Of all the creation of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth.’”
“Our bodies are temples. We are not less but more like Heavenly Fatherbecause we are embodied. ..We are His children, made in His image, with the potential to become like Him. Let us treat this divine gift of the body with great care. Someday, if we are worthy, we shall receive a perfected, glorious body- pure and clean…inseparably bound to the spirit. And we shall shout for joy to receive this gift again for which we have longed. May we respect the sanctity of the body during mortality so that the Lord may sanctify and exalt it for eternity.”

He loves each and every one of His daughters [and sons].
that includes you.
really think about that. does that change your life?

1 comment:

Sydney said...

you are great. that just about made my day that much better!!! love you!!!!