I love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and being a part of Mormon Women Stand. Life is full of pivotal moments and one of these occurred when my husband and I were called upon to stand and defend our views on the family in front of New Zealand Parliament during the hearings to redefine marriage. This pivotal experience made me realize how much the voice of Latter-day Saints are needed in the public square. I know that women can have an immeasurable impact on our friends, families, homes, communities and perhaps even the world when we decide to make a stand for truth and righteousness. There is so much power in standing up for what we believe in and we are never alone when we do so. I am grateful that Mormon Women Stand is filling a much-needed space online and am thrilled with the work we are doing.
I love the gospel of Jesus Christ! It is my greatest source of peace and happiness. The Savior stands at the head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we follow Him. The gospel as Jesus Christ laid out anciently has been restored on this earth through Joseph Smith, a prophet of God. I am grateful for his example of standing so valiantly and courageously for truth during extraordinarily difficult circumstances. This church is lead by prophets and apostles who are special witnesses of Jesus Christ, and I unequivocally stand by and sustain them. A quote by Elder Robert D. Hales sums up my thoughts perfectly:
“Sometimes we become the lightning rod, and we must “take the heat” for holding fast to God’s standards and doing His work. I testify that we need not be afraid if we are grounded in His doctrine. We may experience misunderstanding, criticism, and even false accusation, but we are never alone. Our Savior was “despised and rejected of men.” It is our sacred privilege to stand with Him!” (Ensign, May 2013).