Today, of course, my opinion has changed. Indeed, my views on the Church as a whole have changed, in large part due to the efforts of my sisters in the Relief Society. We lost my father in 1979. Social invitations for the family all but withered on the vine, except for the women who were in my mothers Swiss Chorus and also members of various wards' Relief Societies. During my 2nd pregnancy, my Visiting Teachers came over several times to help with household chores after I was put on bedrest. Even today, when my husband did not want the boys going to church with me because all they had were shorts and sweats to wear...bags of trousers were dropped off at our door.
So, what inspires the members of this wonderful Society to do their work and how does it get done?
God and Jesus are the inspiration! In order to become more like them, we need to do the things that either they would do or that they would have us do.
How does the work get done. Let's examine the Relief Society purposes:
- increase faith and personal righteousness
- strengthen family and home
- seek out and help those in need
Now, many books, pamphlets, magazines, webites and other sources of information have been written on the Relief Society itself and its purposes over the years and it would be impossible to do any of the purposes justice by trying to cover them all at once.
So let's start at the beginning!
In order to help other people who have the desire to increase their personal faith and righteousness, I have to first get my own "house" in order.
Three things I can do to increase my personal faith and righteousness are:
- pray daily
- read scriptures daily
- stop smoking
Prayer has been difficult for me. I tell myself I can't kneel on the floor because of the operation I had last year on my knee. There's always another time, or a better place. Sounds like someone is trying to stop me from communing with my Lord, doesn't it? My goal for this week is to have personal prayer at least 2x per day.
Reading, or more accurately, studying scriptures has come easier...but I could still improve. I am exposed to scripture many times during the day, but that is not the same thing. I have two smaller goals in this area. The first goal is to study scripture for 30 minutes daily (not necessarily all at once) and the second to memorize a verse of scripture.
Although I have the feeling that I will be studying and memorizing even more than that. I smoked my last cigarette last night. Not by choice, exactly ... I ran out and there is no money to buy more. Even if there was, I could hardly justify buying cigarettes and letting my family do without. So my goal here is to make it through the week without buying cigarettes. Any and all prayers and well-wishes gratefully accepted!
What will you do to increase your faith and personal righteousness this week?