Women of Mormonism... Learning About Us!
I continue to study the history of the women of Mormonism. I am still reading "Women of the Covenant". I am so impressed with this book and hope that many more women will read it. Although I have been an active member of the LDS Church for over 30 years now and have even served as a ward Relief Society President - there are so many details of our early history about women, that I was not aware of.
I guess what surprises me about this is... I am a reader:-) It's not like I just fell off the turnip truck and have now decided to learn about Mormonism. For me personally - as I read this history and others, I am almost feeling somewhat cheated. I can only really blame this on myself though. It is not like the information has not been out there. I just had not either been listening, looking or perhaps realizing that I needed to care more?
I have always known the importance of women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. My overall experience in dealing with men in The Church has been positive. I have a few interactions, which I would prefer to ignore! LOL I love the men of the LDS faith. They take their responsibilities very very seriously. Sometimes they go a little overboard, but I am grateful for these men - who are so different because of the teachings of the Gospel, from other men.
In reflecting on the organization of the Women's Relief Society of the LDS Church, one most often is reminded of the words of the prophet Joseph Smith Jr. He commented that The Church was not perfectly organized until the women were organized... I thought I knew what this meant. I was wrong. But it all makes perfect sense to me now. Now, that I think about it. That's the problem though. I don't think enough of us women in the LDS Church have really given this statement and its meaning a whole lot of thought.
Now that I have been reading "Women of the Covenant" and other books; as well as scouring Ensign talks - I am giving it a lot of thought!
I am loving what I am learning and feel to shout it out! I am currently writing a hub for my website over on hubpages.com about this very journey. I hope to publish it soon.
I am just really excited to learn so many details, that I had not previously grasped so well. Really, it is kind of embarrasing. One thing is for sure... I have not been alone. I don't expect to be alone now either... as I share with many of you, what has touched me so deeply about this discovery or awakening you might say.