Sisters of Zion are Women of Influence

sisters in zionAs sisters of Zion, we have a unique bond that unites us together. For some reason we women like to combine our efforts and work together. The Lord made us this way.

“It is our desire that by establishing the Mormon Women Stand endeavor, we will gather and unite like-minded women. We hope that going forward, they will develop a desire to extend these conversations into their own spheres of influence, whether it be in the home, at work, at church, or in the community.”  Mormon Women Stand Mission Statement

Every woman feels insecure. It’s how we’re made up. But, when we band together, as like-minded women, we are able to move forward with a power unique to femininity. Talking about the gospel in action strengthens us and helps us get through our day. It’s way too easy to get lost in the daily drudgery of our existence, and so much better to have a safe place to be built up, surrounded, uplifted, and loved. We hope you’ll find that here at Mormon Women Stand, but more importantly, we hope you will create it in your own sphere.

Another source of strength comes from our early sister Saints. We can read about, and share, their stories of faith, testimony, and love for the Savior. Sisters, because of our combined stand we can be unstoppable agents of influence and goodness whether at home, work, in church, or in our communities. We are never alone in our battles, and our impact knows no bounds.

Jesus comforts Mary and Martha

Think of standing alongside Mother Eve, Mary Magdalene, the Lamanite Queen, Jane Manning James, and so many other righteous examples of Heavenly Father’s daughters. As we go about our lives, we may want to be “that sister” who gives strength, love, and encouragement to those who struggle. And in turn, another sister can do the same for us. We were born to it and the Lord expects it of us. May our “charity never faileth.”

belle spafford

President Belle S. Spafford, ninth General Relief Society President shared a profound experience once.

“After having a minor run in with a Bishop, Belle complained, “In this church men have all the power, the women are helpless. A wise friend taught a great lesson with these words, “’Oh no, my dear, the women are not helpless. If someone came to you and had a great but different gift in each hand, one was power and the other was influence, which gift would you choose?’ I thought seriously for a moment and then I said, ‘I think I would choose influence.’ ‘You probably did, my dear.’ she said. ‘Influence is a great gift of God to women.’”

Sisters, I testify that our influence is our power. As sisters of Zion, we can all work together. We can all stand as we use this power for good toward all of those in our sphere. We can combine our righteous efforts to bring more light into the world. Let us not abuse this power, but instead use it to unite our purposes to bring others to the knowledge of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Because we have each other’s backs, we can stand firm and faithful to the cause of righteousness.

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Jan Tolman

Jan Tolman is a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of seven. She is a writer, as well as speaker, on the history of the Relief Society at www.ldswomenofgod.com. Several articles, written by her on Relief Society history, have been published in the Deseret News. She has taught Institute and served as a docent at the Church History Museum. She urges everyone to learn something new about Church History, and especially about the incredible women of LDS faith.

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About Jan Tolman

Jan Tolman is a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of seven. She is a writer, as well as speaker, on the history of the Relief Society at www.ldswomenofgod.com. Several articles, written by her on Relief Society history, have been published in the Deseret News. She has taught Institute and served as a docent at the Church History Museum. She urges everyone to learn something new about Church History, and especially about the incredible women of LDS faith.

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