Over the past year, I have been lucky enough to serve as a teacher in the Young Women's organization in my ward. I have been so inspired by their kind and loving hearts, their strength in the gospel and their desires to do good. There are not cliques among our Young Women - they treat each other as best friends and sisters in the gospel. In all honesty, I have learned much more from them than they could ever learn from me. I was particularly grateful for this sacred calling this last Sunday, when I was teaching my Beehives about blessings we receive through the power of the priesthood. As part of my preparation for teaching this lesson, I read a talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks about the way the priesthood should be used in the church and the family. Although I didn't end up using this during my lesson, I feel that I was inspired to read over this great talk, primarily because of this section, where he talks about how his mother raised he and his siblings after the death of his young father:
I have the hope that if God's plan is indeed for me to leave my children and husband this early in our lives, they will grow up with the belief that they have a mother, she's just away for a while. And when our separation is over, we will be joyfully reunited for eternity.
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