Friday, September 21, 2012

The Power of Women

Today I'm excited to feature a guest post by Tristi Pinkston. She is an incredible woman of talent and I enjoyed her book Women of Strength.

The Power of Women
by Tristi Pinkston
When I was a little girl, I was sick quite a lot. I had a really weak immune system and digestive problems, and it seemed I caught every bug that went around and had stomach aches almost all the time. My parents gave me medicine and brewed up mint tea and did every other thing they could to help me, but there was one thing that made more difference than anything—having my mother close by. There was something about being near her that made me feel better.
My own children have shared the same thing. “Mom, I feel better when you’re next to me,” one child said to me one day while he went through a bout of the stomach flu. Who knows what magic power a mother holds, but they can make the world a better place just by being in it.
I think about Mother Teresa, who never gave birth and yet was mother to so many people. I think about sweet Sister Hinckley and her tender, humorous ways. Julie B. Beck inspired all of us during her time as Relief Society general president, with her no-nonsense approach and gentle touch—I considered her a female Boyd K. Packer or Brigham Young, with the way she cut to the heart of the matter.  Good women bless the world.
It would be simple enough to sit here and say, “Yes, I admire those good women. They really have done a lot.” But what if you knew and understood that you are one of those women? What if you knew that you, too, were that influential, that you could impact those around you with that kind of loving guidance?
You are.
And you can.
Righteous women, no matter where they live or their station in life, are our Heavenly Father’s handmaidens. We can’t all be Relief Society general presidents—thank goodness, and I don’t think we all want to be—but we influence those around us nonetheless. We should never discount how powerful our loaf of bread or our kind note or our comment in Relief Society can be to the heart who receives it. We tend to think of our contributions as being small and insignificant, but they are not. Not by a long shot.
We are told that we should not be weary of well doing. Every act of kindness, every time we stand up for what’s right, every time we bear our testimony or refuse to participate in gossip or turn off the crude television show, every time we live up to our privileges as daughters of our Heavenly Father, we are helping to erode away the influence of wickedness on the earth. It’s an amazing, powerful thing we can do simply by following our own natural impulses to be kind and to give of ourselves.
Let us never feel as though we are unimportant, that our contributions are not of worth. We can do things no one else can, and when the final tally is taken, we will be amazed at just how many lives we have touched for good.

The need for courageous, faithful women has never been greater than it is today. As we draw nearer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, we are faced with temptations on every side. But we can prevail as we gain true strength from living the gospel.

Women of Strength, Tristi Pinkston shares inspiring stories, as well as insightful quotes from Church leaders, to demonstrate the power and influence of righteous women. This book invites women everywhere to deepen their relationship with the Savior, rely on the guidance of the Holy Ghost, and learn what it really means to be strong.

"If you are a woman who has wondered if you matter, if you are a woman who is concerned about the world, if you are a woman who has ever felt lost, afraid, or defeated . . . you need Women of Strength by Tristi Pinkston. When you read this book, you will discover your true worth, learn just how valuable you are, and find ways to turn the tide of evil flooding our world today." --C.S. Bezas, author and motivational speaker

"Every Latter-day Saint woman can be reinvigorated, inspired, and uplifted by reading this book. It is a compendium of wise counsel intended just for us and especially for our times. You may even wish to keep it around to reread whenever you need spiritual nourishment and an added awareness of your own power." --Susan Aylworth, author

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