Why I Write
This morning in our family scripture study my two verses to read were:
“Yea, did he not bear record that the Son of God should come? And as he lifted up the brazen serpent in the wilderness, even so shall he be lifted up who should come.
“And as many as should look upon that serpent should live [referring to the story in , even so as many as should look upon the Son of God with faith, having a contrite spirit, might live, even unto that life which is eternal” (Helaman 8:14-15).
I read that and immediately felt the Spirit. This is the core of the gospel! If I and my family can just hang onto this one thought our entire lives, we’ll be OK: keep our eyes on Jesus Christ, our Savior!
That is why I write! Aside from breathing, I feel compelled to write. It is just a part of who I am! And I have this HUGE desire to write for the same reasons Nephi did: first to share my love for Christ and how he has helped me with my own children, grandchildren, and great grand-children (and hopefully Christ will be back on earth by then!), and then anyone else who is looking for Christ. “…We labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do….We write… that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins (2 Nephi 25:23, 26).
And I feel compelled to write to say, “Women! Mothers! I believe in you! No matter who or what you believe in, if you believe in nurturing husbands and wives, if you want to love and strengthen your families, so do I! Let’s help each other!”
As women, we need each other! I love what Marjorie Pay Hinckley taught me: “Oh, how we need each other. Those of us who are old need you who are young. And, hopefully, you who are young need some of us who are old. It is a sociological fact that women need women. We need deep and satisfying and loyal friendships with each other. These friendships are a necessary source of sustenance. We need to renew our faith every day. We need to lock arms and help…the whole earth.”
I would feel totally thrilled if my writing could do anything to help bring down the wall that seems to exist between Mormon women and women of other faiths around the world. When we love God, we don’t need to quibble about differences. We can happily respect one another. We can focus on energies on all we have in common, especially when it comes to the very fabric of our society: loving and strengthening our families, standing for virtue and goodness everywhere. We have SO much power within us to change what is going on simply by doing the good we can according to our capacities, seasons of life, and available resources! And we can do it in the unique and special ways that God has planted within us!
The video I posted above captures what we are really all about, those of us who want to stand up for the family and children around the world, regardless of our religious beliefs. Let’s do it!