Friday, October 9, 2015

Checklist of 63 qualities from President Nelson's landmark talk on women

I LOVED President Nelson's talk about the powerful influence of deeply converted, covenant women of Christ. 

I wanted to find a way to internalize this mega-inspiring message. 

So I made a list of qualities from President Nelson's talk that the Lord is inviting us to develop to be that influence for Him. Did you notice how THREE different conference speakers invited us to ask the Lord in prayer, especially during the weekly sacrament, what He wants us to improve next? (See talks by Sister Neill MarriottElder Larry Lawrence, and Elder Robert D. Hales) This list would be a great place to get ideas in that weekly quest. 

Here is an idea of how to use the list. 

My friend Aimee Benefield wrote 63 declarations or affirmations from the list below. She recommends recording them in your own voice and listening to them a couple times a day. She said adding inspiring background music can increase their positive effect. Click here for the statements Aimee made from President Nelson's list. 

We need women who are...
  1. Seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world
  2. Virtue
  3. Light 
  4. Love 
  5. Knowledge 
  6. Courage
  7. Character
  8. Faith 
  9. Righteous 
  10. Draw good women to the Church 
  11. Strength 
  12. Conversion 
  13. Conviction 
  14. Ability to lead
  15. Wisdom
  16. Your voice
  17. Women who make sacred covenants and then keep them 
  18. Speak with the power and authority of God 
  19. Organized and can organize 
  20. Executive ability who can plan and direct and administer
  21. Women who can teach 
  22. Women who can speak out 
  23. Women with the gift of discernment who can view the trends in the world and detect those that, however popular, are shallow or dangerous. 
  24. Know how to make important things happen by their faith 
  25. Courageous defenders of morality in a sin-sick world
  26. Courageous defenders of family in a sin-sick world
  27. Devoted to shepherding God's children along the covenant path toward exaltation 
  28. Know how to receive personal revelation 
  29. Understand the power and peace of the temple endowment 
  30. Know how to call upon the powers of heaven to protect and strengthen children and families
  31. Women who teach fearlessly 
  32. Vision 
  33. Grit 
  34. Love 
  35. Inspired prodding
  36. Sisters, do you realize the breadth and scope of your influence when you speak those things that come to your heart and mind as directed by the Spirit?
  37. Whatever your calling, whatever your circumstances, we need your impressions
  38. We need your insights
  39. We need your inspiration
  40. We need you to speak up
  41. We need you to speak out in ward and stake councils
  42. We need each married sister to speak as a contributing and full partner as you unite with your husband in governing your family
  43. Married or single, you sisters possess distinctive capabilities and special intuition you have received as gifts from God
  44. We brethren cannot duplicate your unique influence
  45. The culminating act of all creation was the creation of woman
  46. We need your strength!
  47. Because attacks against the Church, its doctrine, and our way of life are going to increase, we need women who have a bedrock understanding of the doctrine of Christ
  48. And who will use that understanding to teach and help raise a sin-resistant generation
  49. We need women who can detect deception in all of its forms
  50. We need women who know how to access the power that God makes available to covenant keepers 
  51. Women who express their beliefs with confidence and charity
  52. We need women who have the courage and vision of our Mother Eve
  53. Nothing is more crucial to your eternal life than your own conversion
  54. It is converted, covenant-keeping women—women like my dear wife Wendy—whose righteous lives will increasingly stand out in a deteriorating world and who will thus be seen as different and distinct in the happiest of ways
  55. Today I plead with my sisters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to step forward!
  56. Take your rightful and needful place in your home—more than you ever have before
  57. Take your rightful and needful place in your community—more than you ever have before
  58. Take your rightful and needful place in the kingdom of God—more than you ever have before
  59. I plead with you to fulfill President Kimball’s prophecy [in the meme below] 
  60. I promise you in the name of Jesus Christ that as you do so, the Holy Ghost will magnify your influence in an unprecedented way!
  61. As one of His Apostles, I thank you, my dear sisters
  62. As one of His Apostles, I bless you to rise to your full stature, to fulfill the measure of your creation, as we walk arm in arm in this sacred work
  63. Together we will help prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord

President Nelson said, "I plead with you to fulfill President Kimball's prophecy"

My takeaway summary of President Nelson's talk: 

God has a special work for you sisters to do in these last days, which starts with you building your own deep conversion and relationship with Christ. Then your happy light will shine and bring others to Christ and His gospel, especially your own family. You will be able to work miracles with your faith, discern truth from error, teach with the power and authority of God, and help build His kingdom. Working as a team with covenant-keeping men, together you will help prepare the world for the Savior's Second coming. 

Click here for quotes about God giving us special assignments in the last days. 

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Jadie said...

Lovethis! The checklist you wrote was it from this conference? The talks you listed? Or others?

Bonnie said...

I'm going to need some Prozac to go with this list, please. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I like 49: “We need women who can detect deception in all of its forms”

Does that include deception within the church? Just curious.

Madsen Family said...

I loved that talk. And while I appreciate the reminder of our need to improve and be better, I don't think President Nelson ever imagined every woman to possess every one of these qualities. We all have something to give and share and that's what makes this world wonderful. Every woman can offer something different. These lists sometimes do more harm than good, inspiring some to even feel the need for Prozac, as one poster stated. We can use the sacrament as a time to seek guidance on one or two ways to improve, not feel overwhelmed that we'll never improve in all 63 areas.

Becky Edwards said...

Jadie, The list is from President Nelson's talk in the recent general conference called, "A Plea to My Sisters." Most of it is quoted word for word, with only a few things paraphrased.

Becky Edwards said...

Bonnie and Madsen,
I am sorry that the list brought up any feelings of guilt or discouragement for you! I am SURE that was not President Nelson's intention, and it certainly was not mine by calling the qualities he mentioned a checklist. I just process and internalize information better when I write about it, and making this talk into a list seemed a good way to do that. When God commanded us to be perfect, He didn't do so in order to cause guilt or discouragement, as He knows we will never be perfect in this life or by our own efforts alone. Yet He knows that we each have the potential to become perfect through living the gospel and relying on the Atonement of Christ, the process continuing on into the next life. He simply wants us to strive to do our best to become a little better, line upon line. This list is simply a list of things we can strive for, knowing we will not be perfect, but we can set goals, pray for improvement in turning our weaknesses into strengths, and keep striving. God bless you both!

bella said...

I loved this talk and wanted to go through it to create quotes to cover my walls. I love that you did it for me. I don't see it so much as a checklist, but a reminder of the divine nature and influence of women. I need these reminders and when I read your list I add the words " I am...". Thank you for posting!

Becky Edwards said...

Thank you for your kind comments. President Nelson's talk really was a wonderful reminder of the divine nature and influence of women. I found it very empowering, encouraging, and ennobling.