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I cherish President Nelson’s words that “we Latter-day Saints are not of the world; we are of covenant Israel. We are called to prepare a people for the Second Coming of the Lord” (“Spiritual Treasures” October 2019 general conference). 

This is an empowering reminder for me because I need to constantly remember that if I am faithful to the covenants I have made with God, I can have the confidence that He will help me fulfil my responsibilities in different aspects of my life and to rejoice in that.

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I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 26. Even though I had a soothing feeling in my heart as I followed the desire to be blessed by God by making a covenant with Him, I know that my understanding of that covenant was just like a small seed at that time.

As the years have passed by and as I have been making an effort to keep that baptismal covenant and other covenants I have made with Heavenly Father, I feel that He has blessed me with a deeper understanding about Him, about my Savior, and about my role as a covenant daughter of Heavenly Parents in preparing the earth for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

President Nelson also said: “It thrills me when I learn of priesthood leaders who eagerly seek the participation of women in ward and stake councils.”

In Abraham 4 and 5, there is an inspiring account of the creation of the earth. In those chapters, we read how “the Gods took counsel among themselves” as they were planning the different phases of the creation and executing those plans. The principle of counseling together to fulfill our Heavenly Father’s purposes is a divine and eternal pattern that we also need to follow as we actively participate in the work of salvation and exaltation.

Since I joined the Church, I have been able to serve in different callings and assignments that have required me to counsel together with fellow servants with whom I share the desire to serve Jesus Christ. Over and over, I have marveled at the power of God that I can feel in myself and others as we look for the will of the Lord collectively in sacred Church council settings.

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