Spiritually Powerful and Articulate Women

Sister Eubank recounted Spencer W. Kimball’s glorious promise to the women of the Church that they will be the source of much of the major growth that will come to the Church in our day. It is a glorious promise and prophecy.

“Finally, my dear sisters, may I suggest to you something that has not been said before or at least in quite this way. Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different–in happy ways–from the women of the world.

“Among the real heroines in the world who will come into the Church are women who are more concerned with being righteous than with being selfish. These real heroines have true humility, which places a higher value on integrity than on visibility. …

“… It will be … female exemplars of the Church [who] will be a significant force in both the numerical and the spiritual growth of the Church in the last days.”

I have seen many of these good spirit touched women in my life – whether in or out of our Church. My incipient faith in Christ as a teenager and my ultimate conversion to the Gospel came because of the earnest prayer and fervent faith of devout women who believed in God and in his son Jesus Christ. I am married to such a beautiful daughter of God who quietly lives her faith and allows it to touch others even as she does not realize it. I am so grateful for the influence of such women in my life. I pray that one day those good women that are not yet members of our Church will be led by the source of all goodness into the fullness of the Gospel of Christ.

One thing that really stood out to me was President Kimball and Sister Eubank’s emphasis on being articulate in our faith and testimony of Christ. Being articulate is not something we hear about a lot in Church, and I think it’s even less frequently applied to women for some reason or another.

I liked Sister Eubank’s pithy description: “Being articulate means to clearly express how you feel about something and why.” I also loved her emphasis that we can be articulate even if we lack perfect knowledge or struggle in faith. She urged us to “Tell them why you believe, what it feels like, if you ever doubted, how you got through it, and what Jesus Christ means to you. Our doubts and our experiences can help us more fully articulate the Gospel message that we feel and know.

Ultimately, true articulateness in sharing the Gospel is a gift of the spirit because the spirit can bridge gaps of understanding a lead to mutual comprehension. We need not be world class orators to be articulate on spiritual things. We simply need to prayerfully attempt to share the things that we know and feel. The spirit will fill the gaps of our awkwardness and lack of understanding. He will help us to be and become articulate in our witness of Christ.

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