So, should I change the name of my blog? No way. We didn't give it this name to be trendy because Sister Beck said it. Here's a little reiteration of how it came to be (as I quote myself, ha):
While up with her children one night, my friend Bridget came up with some suggestions. One included Julie Beck's idea of a lioness at the gate guarding her family. I loved it! It's catchy, it's powerful, it's feminine.Sister Beck wasn't actually the first one to use the term "lioness." I found that Margaret Nadauld had used it back in November, 2002: "[A woman of faith] stays away from the evil influence and the unclean thing, and if it encroaches on her territory, she is as a lioness protecting her cubs. . . . "
The intent of the title is not to conjure up thoughts of "I am woman, hear me roar," but to remind us all that ". . .women are like lionesses at the gate of the home. Whatever happens in that home and family happens because she cares about it and it matters to her. She guards that gate. . . ." If there are influences coming into our homes, though, that threaten us and our families, I certainly hope we'll roar back and do our best to get them out.
I wish I'd been able to study all of Sister Beck's talks and articles, but I haven't; however, I here's a summary of what I have studied and what I have thought:
Julie Beck's May 2011 Women's Conference Address, posted May 2011
Julie Beck's Address from BYU Women's Conference, posted Nov. 2010
Teaching the Doctrine of the Family, posted Nov. 2010
Spiritual Education and Knowledge, posted Feb. 2011
Daughters in My Kingdom, Jan. 2011
A "Conversation" with Julie Beck on the Mormon Channel, posted Dec. 2010
A Tribute to the Titus 2 Ladies, posted Feb. 2011
Biblical Womanhood and the LDS Church, Part 2, posted April 2011
Mothers Who Know, posted March 2011
I am truly grateful for Sister Beck's boldness and bravery in doing what she was called to do. Thank you, Sister Beck. You truly had an impact on my life.
To read more about what people thought about the release of the General RS Presidency, see the post at Mormon Woman.