I went to my stake center to watch the General Relief Society Broadcast last night. I always feel so much better to be a woman in The Church after attending the Broadcast. I haven't felt the Spirit that strongly for a long time, so it was incredibly wonderful to get a mega-dose of it to remind me again why it's so important to live my daily life as to invite its presence more often.
I thought Sister Beck's talk was inspiring, but also carried the potential to be a little overwhelming for some of us. I agree with her wholeheartedly about pushing forward and doing our best, but while she was talking I kept "hearing" the inevitable comments from disillusioned women who will say that she's just trying to perpetuate the perfect "Molly Mormon" stereotype. I suppose it shouldn't matter what I think other people will say about something in regards to how much I can enjoy it, but I just do that. Sister Beck does, however, always makes me think that she sees something more in us than we can see in ourselves. It makes me want to test my limits to see if I really can measure up to the vision she has of us as a Relief Society.
Sister Allred's talk on temple worship gently inspired me to step up my temple attendance. I haven't been to the temple in quite some time--pregnancy and nursing are just not times when I can leave the house for very long or feel comfortable being away from my home. But Little Lamb is on bottles now, and I still haven't gone; to be honest, I kind of forgot about it. It's definitely time to get back into the habit. I also thought, since our temple is so incredibly close to us, that I should try to take the girls there once a month just to walk around and look at it. Actually, we could pick a new temple each month to visit around here and not run out of options for months! I think it would help to make the temple a "real" thing in their minds instead of just some building they're going to be married in someday.
I am totally spacing the Second Counselor's name at the moment and I'm too tired to go look it up, but wasn't she just the happiest lady you've ever seen in a long time? I can't remember too much from her talk, but I definitely took away the feeling of being happy to belong to Relief Society; happy to belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Just seeing her onscreen lifted my heart; I want to be surrounded by women like her.
And President Uchtdorf's message--talk about balm for the heart. I thought it was a perfect message, through and through. I drank it in, it was the perfect talk for me at this point in my life. I can't say anything more to do it justice, just that it was exactly what I needed to hear. It was incredibly edifying.
I always look forward to the Relief Society General Broadcast, and this one was definitely worth the anticipation. It's so wonderful to be so uplifted in the course of one evening. I'm looking forward to General Conference next week...let's just hope that I get to actually hear some of it! (Another perk of the RS Broadcast--no little ones running about screaming...ha ha.)