- It will be the good relationships of women that will trigger much of the major growth coming to the Church in the years ahead.
- The friendships that Relief Society women, young women, and Primary girls build with sincere, faithful, godly women and girls of other faiths and beliefs will be a significant force in how the Church grows in the last days.
- President Kimball called these women from other backgrounds “heroines” who will be more concerned with being righteous than selfish, who will show us that integrity is more valuable than visibility.
She uses these three prophecies to talk about 5 things that women today can do to fulfill the prophecy that President Kimball made many years ago.
The first is to be righteous.
- Being righteous doesn’t mean being perfect or never making mistakes. It means developing an inner connection with God, repenting of our sins and mistakes, and freely helping others.
The second is to be articulate.
- Being articulate means to clearly express how you feel about something and why.
She speaks more in depth about how being articulate allows us to share our testimony with others.
- Each of us needs to be better at articulating the reasons for our faith. How do you feel about Jesus Christ? Why do you stay in the Church? Why do you believe the Book of Mormon is scripture? Where do you get your peace? Why does it matter that the prophet has something to say in 2017? How do you know he is a real prophet? Use your voice and your power to articulate what you know and feel—on social media, in quiet conversations with your friends, when you’re chatting with your grandchildren. Tell them why you believe, what it feels like, if you ever doubted, how you got through it, and what Jesus Christ means to you. As the Apostle Peter said, “Be not afraid … ; but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.”
The third is to be different.
- Innovation and creation are spiritual gifts. When we keep our covenants, it may make us different from others in our culture and society, but it gives us access to inspiration so we can think of different solutions, different approaches, different applications. We aren’t always going to fit in with the world, but being different in positive ways can be a lifeline to others who are struggling.
The fourth is to be distinct.
- Distinct means to be recognizably well defined. The restored gospel is recognizably well defined. But we have to be distinct about how we follow it.
And finally, the fifth is to do one through four in happy ways.
- Being happy doesn’t mean to slap a plastic smile on your face no matter what is going on. But it does mean keeping the laws of God and building and lifting others. When we build, when we lift the burden of others, it blesses our lives in ways our trials cannot take away.
We are reminded that happiness in contagious and as we are happy, we share that with those around us and lift them to higher ground.
- There is an energy that comes from happiness and optimism that doesn’t just bless us—it builds everyone around us.
Finally, Sister Eubank closes with these words of wisdom.
- Put yourself in a place where you can feel the generous love God has for you. You cannot put yourself beyond the reach of that love. When you feel His love, when you love Him, you will repent and keep His commandments. When you keep His commandments, He can use you in His work. His work and glory is the exaltation and eternal life of women and men.
I remember reading this talk for the first time and how great it was to see what President Kimball's vision of the women of the church was coming to pass. I have daughters that I believe have the ability to help fulfill this prophecy and Sister Eubank gives us clear instruction on how we can help move the progress of the church forward. The women of the church have clear guidance on the role they play in building the kingdom of God. I am grateful for the women in my life how are so much closer to the spirit than I am. They are so kind, compassionate, and understanding. These five steps will help build our testimonies and also will help bring others to Christ. It is my hope that all of us, not just the women of the church, will take these things into their lives and make them part of their every day routine.