Testimony: Passing the Heritage Along, Heart to Heart

by Lara Ziebarth
I am so thankful for the opportunity that I have had to read Daughters in My Kingdom. What a gift this book has been in my life already! To read of the stories and testimonies of such strong sisters who have gone before me instills in me a stronger desire to pass on this heritage to future generations.

As Pres. Henry B. Eyring stated, “You pass the heritage along as you help others receive the gift of charity in their hearts. They will then be able to pass it to others. The history of Relief Society is recorded in words and numbers, but the heritage is passed heart to heart.”

I am far from perfect. I am not immune from trials, and I know that I am not alone. I feel a strong sense of duty, especially after reading this book, to “recognize that each one is doing her best to deal with the challenges that come her way” (Pres. Thomas S. Monson). It is a continuous prayer in my heart that I may do my best to help out.

Sister Mary Ellen Smoot mentions in the book that “We are beloved spirit daughters of God, and our lives have meaning, purpose, and direction.” Reading Daughters in My Kingdom has helped me remember just that. I look forward to rereading this beautiful book many times in my life, and I know it will help give me the strength and the courage to be the member of the wonderful organization of Relief Society and the member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that I know I can be.

What a marvelous thing, the Relief Society!