by Cheryl Lundquist
As I was reading today in Daughters in My Kingdom, I felt impressed (finally) to share my testimony. The quote by Spencer W. Kimball has stayed with me, “To be a righteous woman during the winding-up scenes on this earth, before the second coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling....She has been placed here to help to enrich, to protect, and to guard the home—which is society’s basic and most noble institution.”
I have been thinking of the righteous women I surround myself with each day, my mother, my daughters, my sisters, my neighbors, my dear friends, all who have influenced my life for good. I testify that they are who they are because of who they became before they came to this earth life. I know they loved the Lord dearly, just as they do now. I know this life is a testing ground for us to become worthy to stand in the presence of our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ again, so that we may gain eternal life.
I think of Emma Smith often. I do not believe that she wants us to remember her for her trials or sorrow over her trials, but rather think of the great blessings they were to her to refine her so she could become more Christlike and worthy to live with her husband for eternity. I am so grateful for the women who have come before us and for the women I know now. I am grateful for the holy scriptures that give me strength daily to carry on. I am grateful for prayer and personal revelation. I am grateful for temples. I am grateful and feel so blessed to have a dear husband and family. But above all, I am grateful to my loving Heavenly Father and my dear Savior Jesus Christ, who watch over me, care for me, answer my prayers and point in the direction I should be going. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.