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The themes from general conference always seem to be so timely, this past conference was no exception. Many people are going through what I like to call "Endurance Trials," trials that force us to practice patience. President Monson even stated, "The heavenly virtue of patience is required."
A friend and I were talking the other day just about my most recent experience, events in her life and the lives of other various friends and family members. Others also have expressed great love and understanding towards me this week as they've shared similar stories and even more challenging experiences.
When I voiced concern of my own children of being able to endure the trials that may be ahead for them, my friend reminded me, "It's these seemingly big endurance trials that are simply preparation trials for bigger tasks to hurdle."
As we women and mothers persevere through these experiences we are showing our children the way to endure. Just as the stories from our past (personal and in Church history) give us strength to endure, our own examples give our children that same strength. And, as has been stated, "Rarely in the future will it be easy or popular to be a faithful Latter-day Saint. Each of us will be tested." Days of greater trials loom ahead of us and so we need these smaller trials (though they seem big at the time) to prepare us and give us stamina for those future days.
Strong women do endure.
Strong women lead the way.
Strong women keep faith in their Savior and look forward "with a brightness of hope."
Strong women persevere and try, try again when they falter.
WE are strong women. YOU are strong women. Staying on the Lord's side we will have victory and "overcome even has He overcame."
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"Dear sisters, we rely on the moral force you bring to the world, to marriage, to family, to the Church. We rely on blessings you bring down from heaven by your prayers and faith. We pray for your security, welfare, and happiness and for your influence to be sustained. " - - Elder D. Todd Christofferson, CR Oct. 2013 - -