Testimony: Looking Outside Myself

by Karene Warby 
Although I am still reading Daughters in My Kingdom, I can already feel the spirit of this. I believe we have an obligation to study the past so we can learn from our predecessors and build upon their knowledge. I liked the quote from Spencer W. Kimball that “women who have a deep appreciation for the past will be concerned about shaping a righteous future.” I feel my every action every day as I raise my family is my attempt at shaping a righteous future.

I am glad for a book that teaches about the righteous women of the past which I can learn from. As I read about these women, I feel like I already know them. I feel like we have a bond because they care about the same things I do. They loved their families as I do. They loved truth and right as I do. They sought to build up the Kingdom in their sphere as I do. I felt the Spirit testify to me that the Savior honored women in His day, and I believe He empowered them to organize themselves and serve others (similar to a Relief Society).

I am grateful to be a woman at this time when the fullness of the gospel is on the earth. I am grateful to be a part of an organization of women who focuses on giving service to others. I testify that one receives great spiritual blessings when she serves others. I have felt the guidance of the Master’s hand lead me to do something for someone. There is great peace knowing I have been an instrument in His hands doing His work. I know He has blessed me and my family during my service to others.

Lastly, I know I am a daughter of God and He loves me. I know He loves all His children, and I am glad when I can help Him help them. I can make a difference in the world by looking outside myself and serving others. I know this is the secret to a happy life.