First of all, I love Sister Beck. I think she's great. She says it like it is.
Secondly, I was quite amazed at how the things she said in her talk very much paralleled some of the ideas in Passionate Housewives Desperate for God.
Thirdly, things that stood out:
Let us talk now about how we choose to walk with the Lord. First of all, we have to know what our responsibilities are and how to fulfill them. We know that, as women of God, this is a time when we need an increase of faith and personal righteousness. Never at any time in the world have we needed more faith from the women of God. . . . The kind of faith that creates miracles and calls down the powers of angels and heavenly help. That kind of increase of faith and personal righteousness will strengthen us. Never at any time in the history of the world have we needed stronger families and stronger homes.To be an effective lioness we need to prioritize or we lose power (the power to carry out our missions in life). Sister Beck suggested categorizing into essential things, necessary things, and nice-to-do things. This reminded me of Dallin Oaks talk, Good, Better, Best -- something I'm always struggling with! Along those lines, I've had a couple friends say lately how they need to focus more on their kids, their husbands, their scriptures, their prayers, the temple, but it's so easy to get caught up in school and other worthwhile, non-essential activities.
Essential Things (for our salvation)
- Personal revelation
- Prayer (with a paper and pencil)
- Sharing the gospel and your testimony
- Homemaking (necessary to keep a house of order)
- Being happy
- Family Home Evening
- Family recreation time
- Comforting and supporting your husband "with consoling words and a spirit of meekness" and kindness (big one in Passionate Housewives) and don't ask your husband to provide you with unnecessary things you can't afford
- Recreational reading
- Lunch with friends
Sister Beck suggested that our day is broken up into three shifts, and usually we can be at our best 2 - 2.5 of the 3 shifts. She encourages us to save up our energy for our most difficult shift so that it can run smoothly. Perhaps it's when the kids get home from school and we're trying to prepare dinner. She hopes we will have saved up some of our energy to be able to manage that difficult time of the day.