The Errand of Angels is Given to Women
As the General Women’s Meeting began, I have to admit, I was much more moved than I expected. I’ve known for months of the changes, and knew as I sat down this would be a historic meeting, but the feeling of unity I shared with my sisters in the gospel was truly amazing.
The first thing that struck me were the similarities and differences between this, and the Priesthood meeting. All women were invited to this meeting above the age of eight. While this had once been the General Relief Society, only for adults, we know have our youth with us, as in the Priesthood meeting. But there were distinct differences, starting with who they asked to pray. Instead of a General Authority, they call a girl, who I would guess was around 12, to open the meeting with what was a truly beautiful prayer. The second was that video, showing sisters all across the world, and showing that unity I referenced earlier. Later there were more videos and musical numbers. This made me smile, as these are all little changes that are being made, ones being dictated by women. And of course, there was the reminder of the major changes being made in the church that are being pioneered by women by expanding their leadership to include international board members.
Many people have talked to me about what I think can be improved upon when it comes to women’s voices in the church being heard. As seen in my last post, receiving the priesthood is not on that list. However, one of the things I consistently say is to have the wives of the Prophet and Apostles heard from more, especially in General Conference. These women are, I’m sure, more than qualified to impart doctrine to the church. Now, their wives did not speak in this meeting, but several of them were quoted, including Sister Holland and Sister Hinckley. This meant a lot to me.
And of course, I loved President Eyring’s words. Any talk that addresses the glory of our First Mother Eve is one I’m going to love. In a world filled with lies about her and the decision to partake of the fruit he reminded us all, “By revelation Eve recognized the way home to God. She did what needed to be done. Adam was wise enough to do likewise.” I especially loved this quote as well. “While Satan is attacking sisters at earlier ages, the Lord is lifting sisters to higher and higher levels of spirituality.”
The title of Elder Christofferson’s last General Conference talk kept coming into my mind: “The Moral Force of Women.” In fact it was one specific word from that I kept thinking as I watched this beautiful meeting. Force. We are a force in this world. A force to be reckoned with and a force for good. We will stand in a world that consistently degrades women and refuse to allow our voices to be silent, and with a knowledge that we are of an inherent divine worth. A worth that is completely our own, and one that cannot be taken from us by anyone.
The errand of angels is given to women, and these women have accepted that errand. We will uplift each other, and the world. We will care for those in need. And we shall testify of Christ our redeemer and of His restored gospel.