This is a very valuable article. Thank you, Sister Pratt. It was what I needed to read today and will re-read again. I especially liked your quote, "The Spirit within me honors and respects the Spirit within you. Do I truly believe that and do I truly radiate it to others that I meet every day?
In this sense, I believe that righteous women "have" or act by the power of the priesthood. The Lord says, "No power or influence" can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood . . . (D&C 121:41). It is obvious in our lives that many women, by acting in accordance with the principles of persuasion, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, and love unfeigned have wide influence in their families and friends, more so than men who "hold" the priesthood but do not practice these principles.
This article engenders so many thoughts and feelings, but one on which I can focus I'll write briefly here. Given the Prophet David O. McKay's writings/sayings quoted here, is it any wonder that he was so genuinely admired and loved by so many people? He was able to influence so much through his practice of what he said quoted here. This is the sort of thought and feeling which we all, as he said 'every member a missionary' can and should take with us each day throughout our routines and adventures with our fellow beings. Thank you for finding and quoting this remarkable man and prophet!
Thank you for such a wonderful article! I will share it with others. Would you provide a link to President McKay's talk you referenced?
It is important to note that President McKay is not the originator of the text about influence. He quoted “Self Control: Its Kingship and Majesty,” William George Jordan, Flemming H. Revell, 1889, 1905, p. 70, 72. This little book was serialized in the Improvement Era. This quote was in Improvement Era, Vol. 12, #7, May 1909, pp. 542-545.
Thank you for such an inspiring article. It lifted my soul today and helped me start my day with faith and desire to help another.
THIS is such an important, marvelous message. Thanks Sister Pratt!
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