Let’s face it, there’s been a lot of talk lately about Mormon women. Perhaps these sentiments are true for some. They are not true for me! Never in all the time that I’ve been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and that’s all of my life) have I ever felt inferior or second-rate because I happen to be female. I’ve never felt as if I am somehow less important in the eyes of the Lord and in the Church because I’m a woman. I’ve never once been envious that I do not hold the Priesthood, that I can never be a Bishop (spiritual leader of the local Church unit). Why should I be envious when I already have the most wondrous of gifts – Womanhood?
Several years ago I decided to bite the bullet and go for my graduate degree. I had the full support of my husband and so I started at the University of Pittsburgh. It was something I’d wanted to do for a long time but it just never seemed to be the right time. Besides we just weren’t ready financially to do it before. Not that we were really set financially when I started graduate school but my husband’s career was going well and we were able to take care of our children and everthing else that we needed to at the time. We also realized that as parents of three young boys there really wasn’t going to be any perfect time.
With 2008 just around the corner, many of us are thinking about our goals, plans, and dreams for the new year. For some of us, it might be the same thing every year. For others, it might be something completely new and different. A new year offers us all an opportunity for a new beginning. It gives all of us an incentive to examine those areas in our lives that can use some improvement and then do something about it.
This post isn’t going to have too much to do with technology. However, I hope that we do take full advantage of technology to send expressions of sincere gratitude when a face-to-face isn’t possible. I hope that you will not let distance be an excuse for not sending that expression of thanks you’ve been meaning to send. I also hope that we realize that some expressions of gratitude need no technology whatsoever. Instead, all that is needed is a soft heart and a bended knee.
I was raised in a family and culture that places tremendous value on sharing. I’ve in turn taught my children that sharing is good, that we need to share what we have whenever we can. I still believe in these values. I still believe that all of us can do a little more sharing of our time, our resources, our talents, and whatever else we are blessed with in this life. I will still continue to teach my children these values. However, I will also teach them that in certain situations, it is extremely wise not to share.