yesterday was the first sunday, and my turn to give the relief society lesson of our presidency's choice. i felt strongly that it should given on sister beck's talk at the general relief society meeting on sept 27: so powerful, so important, not popular (she dares to say what many are reluctant to hear), but a landmark talk. i love it.
"We rejoice in the knowledge that you are going about doing good, as the
Savior did. You are doing a magnificent work. Yet we feel impressed to
say that there is more to be done. We have sought inspiration from the
Lord to know how to assist the priesthood in building up the kingdom of
God on the earth. It is time for Relief Society to fulfill its purpose
as never before. To move forward and achieve what the Lord desires, we
must clearly understand the purpose of Relief Society."
Julie B Beck, 2008
“there is a power in this organization that has not yet been fully exercised to strengthen the homes of Zion and build the Kingdom of God—nor will it until both the sisters and the priesthood catch the vision of Relief Society"Spencer W Kimball, 1976
"We can do the work of the Lord in His way when we seek, receive,
and act on personal revelation. Without personal revelation, we cannot
succeed. If we heed personal revelation, we cannot fail. The prophet
Nephi instructs us that the Holy Ghost will show us “all things what
[we] should do.” It was prophesied that in the latter days the Lord would pour out His Spirit upon His handmaids.
This will happen as we allow ourselves to be still enough and quiet
enough to listen to the voice of the Spirit. Elder Neal A. Maxwell
taught us that receiving revelation for our calling and in our personal
lives “requires serious mental effort on our part. . . . Revelation is
not a matter of pushing buttons, but of pushing ourselves, often aided
by fasting, scripture study, and personal pondering.“Most
of all, revelation requires us to have a sufficient degree of personal
righteousness, so that on occasion revelation may come to the
Julie B beck, 2008