Today’s inspiration is drawn from Barbara W. Winder’s powerful message, “Striving Together: Transforming Our Beliefs into Action,” during the October 1984 general conference.
In the grand tapestry of life, we often find ourselves searching for meaning and purpose. We yearn to make a difference, to leave an indelible mark on the world. Barbara W. Winder’s timeless message reminds us that we can transform our beliefs into meaningful action, that our lives can be filled with purpose and impact. Today, let’s explore how this message resonates with us and how it connects to the teachings of the Bible.
“And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.”
Barbara W. Winder emphasizes the importance of living our covenants. As followers of Christ, we are not merely spectators; we are participants in the divine plan. Our baptismal covenants, symbolized by the waters of Mormon, signify our commitment to bear one another’s burdens, to mourn with those who mourn, and to comfort those in need. But baptism is just the beginning; it is the gateway to a life of discipleship.
Sister Winder shares heartwarming stories of sisters who embody the spirit of service. It’s not about empty words or grand gestures; it’s about the genuine desire to make a positive impact. Whether it’s single women touching the hearts of entire wards, mothers nurturing children in righteousness, or wives supporting their husbands, each act of service emanates from a place of deep love for the Lord and His children.
We, as sisters in the gospel, are interconnected through our service. Primary and Young Women workers actively participate in Relief Society through visiting teaching, compassionate service, and talents shared during homemaking meetings. This interconnectedness strengthens individuals and families, binding us together in love and support.
Remember the baptismal promises outlined in Mosiah 18:8–9? They serve as a reminder of our covenant obligations:
That our sins will be washed away.
That our names will be numbered with the “children of Christ,” symbolizing our membership in His church.
That we will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
That, by keeping the commandments, we will have eternal life.
However, it’s crucial to understand that baptism alone is not sufficient; we must continue on a course of righteousness. Our daily acts gain more value when they are aligned with our covenants.
Living for the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit allows us to hear and respond to the still, small voice. It becomes our guide, leading us in our words and actions. Elder John A. Widtsoe beautifully illustrates how our covenants infuse value into our daily acts, much like silver becoming a coin of the realm. Our lives, enriched by our commitment to the gospel, become purposeful as we serve others.
Barbara W. Winder shares inspiring stories of sisters answering prayers. They are instruments in the Lord’s hands, responding to the needs of those around them. Whether it’s a visiting teacher bringing a brief, uplifting message, a friend offering comfort, or a neighbor providing solace, these acts of service make a profound impact.
Sister Winder highlights the importance of unity within the Church. She acknowledges that some sisters may feel lonely and isolated. We should actively strive to ensure that every sister feels love, acceptance, and a sense of belonging. Our collective strength as sisters in the gospel comes from supporting one another and working together in righteous, selfless service.
As we strive together, supporting one another, we become united in purpose, shining as a standard to the world. Barbara W. Winder encourages us to press forward, to feast upon the word of Christ, and to endure to the end. Our beliefs, when transformed into action, lead us on the strait and narrow path to eternal life.
In closing, let us reflect on the timeless wisdom of Barbara W. Winder’s message. We are called to be more than believers; we are called to be doers. Our faith comes alive when we actively serve, support, and uplift one another. As you ponder these words, consider how you can transform your beliefs into meaningful action. Your acts of love and service can help make the world a better place, one person at a time.
Take a moment to think about how you can serve those around you. It could be a simple act of kindness, a listening ear, or a heartfelt prayer for someone in need. Embrace your covenants and let them guide your actions. Together, we can make the world a better place, shining the light of Christ’s love for all to see. Link to the original: Striving Together: Transforming Our Beliefs into Action
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