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‘Women are strong. Women are selfless. Women are charitable. Women are caring, kind, and courageous. Women are patient. Women are game-changers. Women are lovely. Women, are capable of doing anything.
You are capable of doing anything.‘
These and many other encouraging words on behalf of my amazing parents created a confidence in my sisters and I all my life. My parents would say, “You are strong because you are a woman. You have the power to do anything you set your mind to.”
I believed them so wholeheartedly! And still do. I was raised having no doubt of my potential as an individual with individual skills and talents or my potential to be a good future mother and wife. My rights as a daughter of God were made clear to me and it brought me joy. I just knew that I was meant for something more.
How grateful I am for their teachings! As a result, all of us grew up with an innate sense of empowerment in our abilities or endeavors. My parents knew that the characteristics and experience I was developing and building would eventually be used to serve another and change the world around me.
However, I haven’t always believed this. When life got rough I forgot my value, potential, and worth (drastically) compared to what I believed before. Why was that?
Well, I have a few quotes today that I hope will answer this question for you.
Truth and Error
Since the age of 0, you have learned many lessons. These lessons taught you how to think, how to act, how to communicate, express, and interact. They taught you what to live for and what to dream of. Every mother and father in every culture or society under the sun teaches these essential things to their children. National and local leaders encourage many different mediums of education in many countries, helping their people become more well rounded. Many may have learned to become educated in different standards than you have.
My point is, we’ve all learned.
Well, with those lessons, you also learned to discern between truth and error, right and wrong. For example, it is true that you smile when happy and it is false that the sun is cold. These are just universal truths.
Imagine to yourself then, that something you perceive to be true about yourself, your purpose, or your worth may be false.
What if you believed that you weren’t meant to achieve a dream you had? Or that you wouldn’t ever be good enough for a certain person, significant other, or mentor? What if you thought that you didn’t deserve good things? What if you felt you needed to earn someone’s love? God’s love?
Honestly, I’ve felt all of these things and more.
But what if I told you that these things that you may think to be true, would be wrong?
Sheri Dew, the Chief Executive Officer of Deseret Book, said:
“Our spirits long for us to remember the truth about who we are, because the way we see ourselves, our sense of identity, affects everything we do. It affects the way we behave, the way we respond to uncertainty, the way we see others, the way we feel about ourselves, and the way we make choices. It affects the very way we live our lives. So, today, I invite you to ponder in a new way not just who you are but who you have always been.”Knowing Who You Are- and Who You Have Always Been
As divine daughters of God, we all have the power to do something meaningful and impactful! We are daughters of Heavenly Parents who know and care about us dearly- who watch over us and are involved in the very details of our lives.
Many women in the World’s history have already done much to contribute to our nations, communities, government, families, morals, to our artistic or social circles. Think the Sister Suffragettes, Esther, or Marie Curie. Think Mary, Mother Theresa, or Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Think of how much YOU have done to change someone’s life through love, service, and your example.
You are enough. You are doing SO well. And you can do more.
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The truth is, you were sent to this earth for a reason. You have a purpose. You have a divine heritage. You are meant for MORE.
How to Discover Who You Are and Who You Have Always Been
First, learn about who you are now. What are your likes, dislikes? What do you desire out of life, who/what do you want to be [like]? What is your passion? What are your strengths or weaknesses?
Second, learn about who you have always been by reading the article in this link. Sheri Dew does a fantastic job of teaching our spiritual heritage.
Third, follow the Spirit of God. “There is nothing more vital to our success and our happiness here than learning to hear the voice of the Spirit. It is the Spirit who reveals to us our identity—which isn’t just who we are but who we have always been. And that when we know, our lives take on a sense of purpose so stunning that we can never be the same again.” (Sheri Dew, again)
Fourth, take that leap of faith and start your new life in new perspective.
I know that women are special. I know that you are special. I know that you have the power within you to do good and be an influence for good. I pray you attain the blessings I spoke about today or that they are put in your path. I pray you come to learn even more about who you are and who you have always been. I know that Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ have a purpose and plan for you and that you are worth more than you can comprehend. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
If you liked this post, read my poem about the influence of a righteous woman