Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sisterhood: Oh, How We Need Each Other

Sisterhood:  Oh, How We Need Each Other
by Bonnie L Oscarson

This talk is from the General Women's Meeting.  It was one of my favorites from that night.

Sisters = an unbreakable bond.

I think of my relationship with my sister.  No matter what happens in life, or what we agree or disagree on, we are always there for each other.  As members of  the Church, we (as women) all belong to a sisterhood.  

"Sisters take care of each other, watch out for each other, comfort each other, and are there for each other through thick and thin."

Just this past week I received a call from a 60+ year old women in my ward who, out of the goodness of her own heart - not because she was asked, but because she wanted to, was asking for help bringing meals in to her 30 year old pregnant neighbor who was just put on bed-rest.  That is sisterhood.  Taking care of each other despite our differences, whether they be age, or beliefs, etc.

"The adversary would have us be critical or judgmental of one another.  He wants us to concentrate on our differences and compare ourselves to one another. . . When we compare ourselves to one another, we will always feel inadequate or resentful of others.  Sister Patricia T. Holland once said, 'The point is, we simply cannot call ourselves Christian and continue to judge one another -or ourselves- so harshly.'  She goes on to say there is nothing that is worth us losing our compassion and sisterhood over.  We just need to relax and rejoice in our divine differences. . ."

Years ago, when I lived in Provo, my ward was made up of all types of women - students, stay-at-home moms, working women, some rich, some poor, some newlywed, some nearly dead- but all came together as a sisterhood to help each other.  Each one, despite our differences made an impact on my life as they served me or allowed me to serve them.   There were no cliques, no judging, just pure love.  It was one of my favorite wards to be in because I felt loved and accepted.

Majorie P. Hinckley once said, '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.'

"We have been blessed with charitable natures which enable us to render Christlike love and service to those around us.  As we look beyond our differences in age, culture, and circumstance to nurture and serve one another, we will be filled with the pure love of Christ and the inspiration which leads us to know when and whom to serve."

"I invite you to not only love each other more but to love each other better."

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