Monday, December 22, 2008

"Here am I, send me."


"Every sister who stands for truth and righteousness diminishes the influence of evil. Every sister who strengthens and protects her family is doing the work of God. Every sister who lives as a woman of God becomes a beacon for others to follow and plants seeds of righteous influence that will be harvested for decades to come. Every sister who makes and keeps sacred covenants becomes an instrument in the hands of God.

I have been drawn to an interchange between God the Father and His eldest and Only Begotten Son, who is the ultimate example of living up to one's premortal promises. When God asked who would come to earth to prepare a way for all mankind to be saved and strengthened and blessed, it was Jesus Christ who said, simply, "Here am I, send me" (Abraham 3:27).

Just as the Savior stepped forward to fulfill His divine responsibilities, we have the challenge and responsibility to do likewise. If you are wondering if you make a difference to the Lord, imagine the impact when you make commitments such as the following:

"Father, if you need a woman to rear children in righteousness, here am I, send me."

"If you need a woman who will shun vulgarity and dress modestly and speak with dignity and show the world how joyous it is to keep the commandments, here am I, send me."

"If you need a woman who can resist the alluring temptations of the world by keeping her eyes fixed on eternity, here am I, send me."

"If you need a woman of faithful steadiness, here am I, send me."

Between now and the day the Lord comes again, He needs women in every family, in every ward, in every community, in every nation who will step forward in righteousness and say by their words and their actions, "Here am I, send me."

My question today is, Will you be one of those women?"

M. Russell Ballard (2001, March 13), Here am I, send me; BYU Devotional Address.

3 comments on ""Here am I, send me.""

Jolynn and Zak McCormick on December 22, 2008 at 10:52 PM said...

I love this!! Thank you for sharing!!

Amanda on December 29, 2008 at 11:38 PM said...

Hi! I found your blog through Mormon Moms Who Blog and when I read this I had chills over my body. I hope you don't mind, but I posted it over on my blog as well - of course linked to the original talk.

This is definitely one that I think all moms and women should read. I myself need inspirational things to keep me on track. I'm basically new to the church, even though I've been a member all my life. I just became active a year ago, and have a newly converted husband.... it's easy in the swing of things to get distracted, but inspirational readings like this make the stresses of parenthood worth it that much more.

Rachel on January 12, 2009 at 4:08 PM said...

Thanks for posting about this article! I loved it and used some of it for a talk I gave! I enjoy reading your blog!

 

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