STANDing Up, But Not STANDing Alone!

“You’re one in million!” Who doesn’t like hearing that phrase spoken from a husband or friend? We all want to be special and recognized.  It’s lovely to feel that in a sea of others, we stand out to that person,  that we have risen above the crowd to them. That’s nice.

But I have some news for you…… if you STAND for:

  •         the divine role of womanhood
  •         traditional marriage between one man and one woman
  •         the traditional family unit as the basic and most fundamental unit of a civil society –    husband and wife lovingly raising their children together
  •         the sacred role, and wonderful responsibility given to women to mother their children
  •         the divine role of men as holders of the priesthood of God, husbands, and fathers

all as defined in The Family: A Proclamation To The World, and

  •        unashamedly sustain the Lord’s Prophets, Seers, and Revelators

you’re not one IN a million, but one OF many millions! In fact, one of approximately 6,000,000, worldwide!  The Relief Society  of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the world.  One in six million doesn’t mean you’re not special, you are, but being one in six million means you’re not alone.  You are part of a powerful large voice for good, and right, and truth.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Now, I’ll admit that not all our 6,000,000+ sisters live in the same circumstances, enjoy the ideal family structure or situation the Lord has asked us to teach and promote, or hold the same views on some things, but, we are all wanted and needed.  We should be embracing of each other and tolerant, within reason.  We should be kind, and helpful, and hopeful.  We should extend the benefit of our doubt and assume that each woman is doing her dead-level best at that time.  There is so much more that we should have in common than what may differ between us. That is how the Lord sees us, and that is how we should see each other.

Since joining the Mormon Women Stand team I have enjoyed meeting so many great and faithful women who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, if only through your comments on our blog and Facebook page. There are tens of thousands of you, from all over the world.  Holy cow, that’s awesome!  I am also happy to report that we have many other great women who do not share our faith, but who do share our values – of the divine role of woman, traditional marriage, and the nuclear family unit –  that find strength and friendship here at MWS.  And they are welcome to STAND with us here.

I think you’re great!

I thank you all for sharing your opinions and testimonies. For engaging in respectful dialogue with one another, not looking to be contentious. I appreciate you asking sincere questions for the purpose of gaining insight, not to disprove this or that. I am strengthened by you. Our lives certainly all look different, but woven together we make a beautiful tapestry of noble womanhood.

Lastly, you may also remember what they say about those who rise above the crowd, as I mentioned at the beginning – they get the tomatoes! (I know this first hand.) But that’s alright. You can take a tomato now and then. You like vegetables, right?  When you do, be gracious.  Be temperate.  Be humble.  All not easy to do while in the line of fire, I know, but you can do it.  When the opportunity presents itself to STAND up for good and truth do it.  Speak up.  Many others are most likely feeling the same way you are and hoping that someone else will say something.  Be that someone else.  You may be there by yourself at the time, but when you’re STANDing  for our shared values in your own little corner of the world you’re NOT standing alone.  Remember…

You’re one of six million plus! And the 50,000+ of us here at Mormon Women Stand think you’re all that, and a bag of chips, too!

 

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Bethany Packard

Bethany Packard

Bethany Packard is absolutely in love with her wonderful husband, Chad. They live in the Dallas, TX area where they raised six amazing childrenand operate a business. They have 18 terrific grandchildren. At age 49, they were called to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a 'Senior' couple, and assigned to the Russia Moscow Mission. Leaving their family and business - before they were retired - took faith, but it also created the opportunity for God to perform many miracles in their lives. She loves music, interior design, cooking, sports, fall, and macaroni & cheese.
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Bethany Packard is absolutely in love with her wonderful husband, Chad. They live in the Dallas, TX area where they raised six amazing children and operate a business. They have 18 terrific grandchildren. At age 49, they were called to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a 'Senior' couple, and assigned to the Russia Moscow Mission. Leaving their family and business - before they were retired - took faith, but it also created the opportunity for God to perform many miracles in their lives. She loves music, interior design, cooking, sports, fall, and macaroni & cheese.