Sunday, March 27, 2011

General Young Women Meeting

LDS conference center,

Saturday night I was able to attend the General Young Women Meeting.  We went with our young women and their mothers out to an early dinner, and then we all went to the stake center to watch the broadcast.  I loved being with the good young women who chose to go to church and hang out with their moms on their Saturday night.  The speakers and messages were all good, but one brought back a very distinct memory.  
One of the speakers quoted this quote from Charlotte Brontë in Jane Eyre:
"Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour...If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?"
I read Jane Eyre in AP English my senior year of high school.  After writing a paper where I used that very quote, I remember my English teacher (who I admired just about as much as I've ever admired anyone) pulling me aside and saying to me, "You have a gift."  At the time, I was certain that she meant I was a super awesome writer.  Now, since I am aware that I am probably just an average writer, I am thinking she meant something more along the lines that I had a good understanding.

Don't get me wrong, I was mostly an idiot as a teenager, but I was taught well and deep down I knew what was right.  I am so grateful that my daughters will get to have the same chance.  I am grateful for the gospel and the Church.  I am grateful that I got to spend my Saturday night doing something uplifting and inspiring surrounded by other women (young and less young) who felt the same way.

In case you missed it, they showed this video too:

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