Covenant Women in Partnership with God by Henry B. Eyring
Content by Annie Bushman
When October general conference rolled around, I was only a couple weeks into the third trimester of my pregnancy. I felt so empowered and edified while I watched the General Women’s Session with my mom and my sisters. I loved how Elder Eyring spoke of the three main roles we have as women: being a mother, a leader, and a ministering sister. For me, the motherhood stage had already started, and I felt so blessed to be carrying my little baby inside me. I felt simultaneously excited and nervous about being a mother for the first time. One of my questions for conference was about how I could prepare spiritually as well as physically to be a mother. Elder Eyring answered that for me as he spoke of having increased faith in Jesus Christ, a love of the scriptures, and the essential, constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.
As I finished my pregnancy, my husband and I prepared everything we could for our baby girl. We made sure we had all the necessities: a crib, changing table, rocker, diapers, wipes, clothes, swaddles, car seat, and more. My husband finished projects for his graduate classes, and I created a binder for my long-term sub at school. Despite a few bumps (morning sickness honestly sucks), I would say that my pregnancy overall was fairly smooth, and I felt energy and enthusiasm late into my third trimester. I loved the congratulations I received from people around me, and I loved watching my cute baby bump grow.
Our beautiful baby girl arrived in December, and she is now a month old! I won’t lie though, this transition to motherhood has been a whirlwind of challenges and learning curves mixed with joy and heaps of newborn cuteness. I still can’t believe I’m actually a mama now. There are moments holding my little girl where that knowledge brings me so much immense joy. There are also moments where that knowledge (compounded with sleep deprivation) also makes me feel overwhelmed. I think it is exactly these conflicting emotions combined with new experiences that makes our spiritual preparation for the roles of womanhood so crucial. Not only did I need to prepare to be a mother, but I must continue to prepare spiritually for each new learning experience and each new day in my new role. My spiritual preparation is not finished yet.
As President Nelson said and Elder Eyring quoted: “To help another human being reach one’s celestial potential is part of the divine mission of woman. As mother, teacher, or nurturing Saint, she molds living clay to the shape of her hopes. In partnership with God, her divine mission is to help spirits live and souls be lifted. This is the measure of her creation. It is ennobling, edifying, and exalting.”
I know that as we strive to be covenant women, we will feel joy in each and every role the Lord calls us to!
I AM STATEMENT
I AM a covenant woman of God, and I work with Him to shape the lives of those around me.
FAITH IN ACTION
What role is God having you fill right now? What can you do to prepare spiritually, both in this role and for future roles?
What roles are your sisters filling that they might find challenging? How can you, in your role as a ministering sister, help support them in the roles they are filling?
Let these poetic words by President Eyring be a reminder to you this week that you were born with a special call to help others reach their full celestial potential. In whatever role you posess today, use your righteous hopes and dreams to inspire, uplift, teach, care for, and love those around you.