The Bolder You Stand, the Stronger You Become

Mormon Women Stand Kathryn Skaggs

Taking a stand for righteousness is like exercising a muscle. The bolder you stand the stronger, or more confident, you become. If you’re anything like me, I don’t necessarily like to exercise, but I like the way regular exercise makes me feel physically, mentally and emotionally. I think standing for the gospel of Jesus Christ is very much the same. When you take a bold stand, it requires not only courage but perhaps most important faith.

One very important principle of faith is how its power increases with persistence.

Three years ago, on March 10, 2014, I founded Mormon Women Stand. At that time, I had just experienced standing alone as an independent blogger, on a topic that ruffled more than a few feathers (or perhaps froze them) – not only among some members but what I wrote garnered global attention; and still does. To say the backlash, both publicly and personally, was tremendous would be putting it lightly. However, I knew that the stand I took was right. I knew that to shrink would be to let the adversary win. I knew that the Lord, more than ever, needed faithful women to speak what needed to be said in order to stand for truth and righteousness, regardless of the consequences.

What I learned most, however, is that if women of covenant are to stand BOLDLY on issues that support the teachings and counsel of modern prophets and apostles, we must stand TOGETHER!

mormon women standI vividly recall the night of March 9, 2014, when I had an overwhelming epiphany to immediately reach out and gather the most faithful LDS women I knew at the time, to join with me and launch the MWS Facebook page (and eventually a website/blog) where we could gather like-minded sisters to boldly stand in “unequivocal” support of the Prophet(s), the doctrine of the Church, including ‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World’. At that time, we had no idea that we would grow to become a community of over 50K STRONG!

Persistence, sisters, is what the Lord needs from His faithful daughters.

Persistence in standing for what is good and right and true in a world that has lost its way! As we continue to stand together and strengthen one another to “hasten the work” of the Lord, we grow bolder and stronger!

For these reasons, Mormon Women Stand is important. The entire MWS team is committed to providing an online space where LDS women can gather, find uplifting content and conversation, and help sisters find answers to their sincere questions in full support of the Church and its leaders, and strengthen one another to stand strong. Our prayer is that the strength you gain from MWS will help give you the courage to go out into your own spheres of influence and make a difference for good.

 Thank you, for STANDING with us!

Mormon Women Stand is a reflection of the wonderful women we have the privilege of associating with online. Women who are passionate for the doctrines of the gospel. Women who love the Lord’s Prophet. Women who desire to become like our Savior. Women learning to love as He loves. Women who, though far from perfect, are trying each and every day to keep sacred covenants. Women who know who they are – daughters of God.

We love you, and consider it a great privilege to stand with you. Thank you, for helping us CELEBRATE our 3rd Anniversary!

We’d also like to send out a very special thank you, to each of the guest writers who submitted blog posts to share how they stand, which we have featured throughout the past week (links below). We are so inspired by your faith and testimonies of how you have stood strong in the face of incredible adversity and the challenges of our times. We are inspired by those who boldly stand to defend motherhood, traditional family, and marriage. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading your stories and learned much from your experiences. We have laughed with you and we have cried with you. But most of all, we have been deeply touched by your desire to live lives that reflect a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ.

mormon women standLastly, I want to personally thank my co-founder Angela Fallentine, and each of the valiant MWS Voices, who lovingly, enthusiastically and diligently give freely of their time and talents to this work. These women are devoted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and have a keen understanding of His doctrines and of how important it is for LDS women to stand up and speak truth, even when it’s not popular. They are bold and courageous for Christ. They are examples to all of us. I am so blessed to know each of them and work with them daily. Truly, words cannot express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for all that they do. Each is a beautiful example of a woman of covenant in the latter-days.

As we persistently exercise faith in Jesus Christ and continue to gather as sisters in the gospel, may we become stronger than EVER in our ability to courageously STAND for truth and righteousness.

With Much love,

Kathryn Skaggs
Mormon Women Stand Founder

 

Mormon Women Stand 3rd Anniversary Guest Posts

 

Antonia Aormston: Being Ready and Willing to Stand When God Asks

 

Ashley Arnold: Standing to Positively Influence the Rising Generation

 

Sara Baril: Standing Boldly for the Family in Southern Alberta, Canada

 

Heather Bell: Standing for Righteousness in a Movie Theater

 

Katrina Brown: For This Side of the Veil and the Other

 

Laura Despain: The Savior Stood Beside Me – and My Children

 

Stephanie Gifford: Not “Just a Mom”

 

Jessica Grayless: Strength When Struggling to Stand

 

Donna Huber: My Stand with the Prophet for Traditional Marriage

 

Natalie Jangula: Becoming the Woman You Were Meant to Be

 

Micah Klug: Three Ways You’re Already Standing

 

Ali Lund: Standing at the United Nations

 

Alisha Merrick: Standing for the Keys and Authority of the Priesthood

 

Rebecka Parker: Standing Strong Because of the Temple

 

Tricia Stubbs: Loving the Choice of Motherhood

 

Janyece Swineford: Making Holy Places in Our Homes and Hearts

 

Shannon L. Tappana: The 2015 Policy and Leaning Not Unto Thine Own Understanding

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Kathryn Skaggs

Kathryn Skaggs

Mormon Women Stand, Founder. Kathryn's online work includes blogging at 'A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman' sharing personal thoughts about Mormonism, traditional marriage, family and some current events. She is a pioneer in using social media to "noise abroad" the gospel of Jesus Christ. She particularly enjoys gathering like-minded members to join her in standing for truth and righteousness. Kathryn has been married to her eternal companion, Bob, for 38 years and together they have raised five children. Currently, they are enjoying their 13 grandchildren.
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About Kathryn Skaggs

Mormon Women Stand, Founder. Kathryn's online work includes blogging at 'A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman' sharing personal thoughts about Mormonism, traditional marriage, family and some current events. She is a pioneer in using social media to "noise abroad" the gospel of Jesus Christ. She particularly enjoys gathering like-minded members to join her in standing for truth and righteousness. Kathryn has been married to her eternal companion, Bob, for 38 years and together they have raised five children. Currently, they are enjoying their 13 grandchildren.

2 thoughts on “The Bolder You Stand, the Stronger You Become

  1. Donna

    I remember your controversial blog article Kathryn. You were correct in your assessment, as we are now seeing the next movie being even more bold in their worldly ideology. I agree with you 100%. The bolder we stand for truth the stronger we become. It has happened to me. Thank you for this blog, MWS. It was and is much needed at this time.

    1. Kathryn Skaggs Post author

      Indeed. Thank you, and thank you for standing with us. We are so much stronger when we stand together!

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