A Woman of Faith, Nadauld:
Teaching the Doctrine of the Family, Beck
Incredible article, one of the best I've ever read.
Focus and Priorities, Oaks
Joy in the Journey, Monson
This is the talk where President Monson reminds us to appreciate each season of life because it will pass away. We should tell our family members we love them. We should remember what is important. Fill our days with the things that matter most.
The Joy of Womanhood, Nadauld
Lots of good quotes.
The Women of God, Maxwell 5/1978
Very good; classic quotes.
Marriage is Essential to His Eternal Plan, Bednar
Similar to "Teaching the Doctrine on the Family" by Julie Beck
Families Can Be Eternal, Kimball
Lessons from Eve, Nelson
The one thing that really stood out to me in this article is near the end when Elder Nelson is talking about teaching our children "honesty, self-reliance, avoidance of unnecessary debt." It struck me that to be a productive member of society, we need those skills. If we're not self-reliant when something goes wrong in the world, we're kind of useless. It's like Maslow's Hierarchy of needs: We need basic needs met first before we can do other things -- make sure the temporal needs are in place and other things will fall into place.
A "Mother Heart" Beck
A favorite quote: "She gains as much education as her circumstances will allow, improving her mind and spirit with the desire to teach what she learns to the generations who follow her." And: "Oh, that every girl and woman would have a testimony of her potential for eternal motherhood as she keeps her earthly covenants. “Each is a beloved … daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine … destiny” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”). As spirit daughters of God, women “received their first lessons in the world of spirits and were prepared to come forth” (D&C 138:56) on the earth. They were among the “noble and great ones” (D&C 138:55) who “shouted for joy” (Job 38:7) at the creation of the earth because they would be given a physical body with the opportunity to be proven in a mortal sphere (see Abr. 3:25). They wished to work side by side with righteous men to accomplish eternal goals that neither can attain independently."
My friend Bridget sent most of the above to me.
3/24/14: On Facebook, Jocelyn Christensen was looking for talks on womanhood. I thought I'd read a lot, but there were so many more! So, to add to the list, many from Stephanie Sorensen and Chocolate on my Cranium, and others:
“And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit”, Beck
To Young Women - Ensign Nov. 2005, Holland
The Moral Force of Women - general-conference, Christofferson
“Even As I Am” - general-conference, Petersen
Pondering Mormon Women and Priesthood, (list at Mormon Women)
And I scraped up the ones I've blogged about here:
The Touch of Human Kindness, Hafen