The live Sister-to-Sister event, broadcast from the Marriott Center as part of the 2019 BYU Women’s Conference, began with “a big question” submitted by a woman in the Church who described herself as “tired.”
The pregnant mother of three little boys — ages 5, 3 and 1 — who also serves as her ward’s Young Women secretary, wrote, “I could happily sleep for 4 years yet I feel pressure to be a contributing professional who makes the world a better place and a nurturing home sanctuary-making mother with a perfectly clean, but appropriately stimulating, home full of healthy, nontoxic yet delicious meals and pleasant decor, where the gospel is lived and taught always.”
The woman shared that she tries to make time for the scriptures and prayer, stay awake during her temple attendance and appropriately nurture her little ones. And yet, “everywhere I look, there are voices telling me to do more, be more, fit more in, spend more, more, more.” Invitations to be better often make her feel more resentful than encouraged, which led her to ask: “How do we balance rest and saying ‘no’ with the high commission given us as covenant-keeping, relief-providing sisters in the kingdom of God?”
“She was expressing feelings we all have,” Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president, said of the question. “We all live in different circumstances, but we have similar concerns.”
In the first-of-its-kind event, the general presidents of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met together May 3 to address some of the real-life concerns shared by women in the Church.
Sister Jean B. Bingham, Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, and Sister Jones took turns responding to questions submitted by women throughout the world. Sister Sheri L. Dew, former member of the Relief Society general presidency and executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation, moderated the event.
In her response to the woman who felt “she could happily sleep for four years,” Sister Jones said, “It’s easy for us to fall into comparisons; to feel we’re not enough, that we’re not giving enough, doing enough, being enough. When in reality through our Savior, we are enough.”
President Russell M. Nelson has been encouraging members to deepen their ability to receive personal revelation, she said, and that God is giving away “the secrets of the universe.”
“I’ve decided that for me the secrets of the universe are those little assurances, little reminders, little promptings that get me through the day,” Sister Jones said. “It’s those little things that guide and help me and give me hope and help me to feel Heavenly Father’s love. That’s what I would hope for all of you.”
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