|Image from Google taken at Stuart Falls.|
On the very last Saturday in October I went to a Women's Conference. At the end of the meeting the Stake President spoke and challenged us to share what we had learned with four people. I thought right then that I would share what I learned on my blog, and at least four people would surely read it. Well, here it is the very end of December -- it's a good thing I took notes! I went to 3 classes.
1. Mothering I liked this quote: "There is no way to be a perfect mother, but there are a million ways to be a good one." The other thing that struck me during that class was this advice she was given when she was struggling with taking her 7 children to church alone: it is most important that the children know she loves being at church and that she loves them being there with her.
I love being at church, but I do wonder sometimes if my children know how much I love them to be there. In my frustration with their lack of love for church when they were little, or their lack of attention to it sometimes now, do I show my frustration with them instead of my love for them, and my joy that they are there at all? It is something good to think about!
2. Tools to arm our children against Pornography. Remove shame (you are bad for looking at that). Change that shame, which causes a desire to hide, into guilt (what you saw was bad, choosing to look again was bad, but you are not). Guilt is a motivator to change. Shame makes the problem worse.
We are to disperse dark with light AND love.
3: Depression There is so much I loved in this talk, and it is too long to write it all, but here are a few points.
There is tragedy in abuse, or anything hard, but the greatest tragedy is the unwillingness to work through it.
We may need to redefine what a good day is for us. She decided that for her a good day is when she has compassion and charity for her fellow man. It is not necessary to feel happy, and well, to have a good day, it is only necessary to think and act with compassion and charity.
Finally, she told the story of the Martin handcart company and how someone was criticizing the leaders of the church for allowing the company to leave so late in the season and so unprepared. A man who had been in the company stood and asked that the criticism stop. Here is a part of what the man said as cited by President James E. Faust in Refined by Our Trials.
The woman who taught this class now feels that the depression she has suffered with her whole life is the price that she paid, and continues to pay to come to know God better and she is grateful. It took her a long time, and a lot of work to come to that point, but she is there now, and hopefully all of us who suffer similarly will feel that way one day too.