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“Finding Joy In Our Divine Potential” (YW Lesson 5, Manual 1)

Posted by Karen on January 27, 2012

(Note: An earlier version of this post was first published at Beginnings New, a blog focused entirely on the YW lessons and program.)

Here are some quotations from talks by Elder Ballard, Sister Beck, and Sis. Dew, with references to D&C 138, Moses 5, and 1 Nephi 8. I’ve added some of my own thoughts and questions along the way on how this might help someone teach about the divine potential of Young Women.

On Women’s Unique Gifts

Elder Ballard:

Sisters, we, your brethren, cannot do what you were divinely designated to do from before the foundation of the world. We may try, but we cannot ever hope to replicate your unique gifts. There is nothing in this world as personal, as nurturing, or as life changing as the influence of a righteous woman.

It seems to me we will have a lot to learn, once we cross the veil, as to what exactly is so unique about each gender, and to what extent which gifts cannot be “replicated.” For now, I believe the most important point to gain from Elder Ballard is that whatever those gifts exactly are, there are gifts that cannot be replicated. As Sis. Beck puts it, “We have the female half to take care of, and if we don’t do our part, no one else is going to do it for us.” (Visiting Teaching Message, “Understand the Divine Roles of Women,” Feb. 2009.)

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