“No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child.”
“To all of our mothers everywhere, past, present, or future, I say, “Thank you. Thank you for giving birth, for shaping souls, for forming character, and for demonstrating the pure love of Christ.” To Mother Eve, to Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel, to Mary of Nazareth, and to a Mother in Heaven, I say, “Thank you for your crucial role in fulfilling the purposes of eternity.” To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle—and all will—I say, “Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are. In fact, you are saviors on Mount Zion, and like the Master you follow, your love ‘never faileth.’” I can pay no higher tribute to anyone.”
From Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Behold Thy Mother” October 2015 General Conference
by Pam Gauch
Women of the Woodbridge, Virginia Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated the 175th year of their women’s organization, the Relief Society, on February 25, 2017, at their annual Relief Society Women’s Conference. Relief Society is the largest women’s organization in the world, spanning six continents and many countries.
This year’s conference theme, The Lord is My Strength and My Song, honored women of the past who depended on Jesus Christ for strength to endure their hardships. Although our women of today face different hardships, we all can turn to the Lord for our strength. As an introduction to our conference, we re-enacted a portion of the Monument to Women Memorial Garden in Nauvoo, Illinois. Live women posed as statues representing virtue, prayer, learning, compassion, talents, teaching with love and fulfillment. The speakers reinforced the timelessness of women and the opportunity we all have to draw strength from the Savior to leave our own legacy of leadership, spirituality and the strength to meet whatever situations life has to offer.
“Woman of Talents”
“Woman in Prayer”
“Teaching With Love”
The Kerr family from the Quantico Ward likes to watch church videos on lds.org. They also enjoy playing the piano or the violin. What brings the Spirit into your Sunday?
Serving the Wonderful Russian People
written by Ian Houston
Holding the unopened envelope in his hands standing before a group of friends and family, Griffin Houston of the Lake Ridge I Ward said, “I am going to love everyone that I meet here, and I am going to love the place no matter where I go.” He then opened the large white envelope that would change his life.
Elder Griffin Houston has now been serving in the Russia St. Petersburg Mission as a volunteer for nearly 9 months. He is currently serving in Novgorod, one of the most important historic cities in Russia. Elder Houston has indeed come to love the wonderful Russian people and the place he has been assigned. He said of the people in the small branch in Novgorod that he has seen them “growing closer to each other as any branch ever could.”
Elder Houston’s story is also unique because his brother Elder Aidan Houston is also serving a Russian speaking mission in central Ukraine at the same time. The two brothers share a close bond during a remarkable period of growth and challenge in this region of the world.
Elder Houston recently wrote, “we do not walk the path of discipleship alone.” He added, “in the face of fear, let us find our courage, muster our faith, and have confidence in the promise that “no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.”