Linda S. Reeves: You are Not Forgotten
I, along with three other bloggers, will be sharing our notes from various talks from the General Relief Society Broadcast tonight. Here are my notes and comments from the talk by Sister Linda S. Reeves, the new second counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency.
Reeves started with the story of Molly Lenthall, a single, sibling-less 70 year old woman in Australia. She said she felt distinctly the Spirit telling her that despite the fact that she lacks family, yet she is not alone.
She entreated, with the story of Christ’s care for Lazarus, Mary, and Martha, that we remember the compassion, empathy, love of Christ when we are weighed down by anguish, sin, adversity, and the pains of life. And that the Lord knows our thoughts and intents and knows us.
She shared personal experiences of feeling the love of the Lord with two stories from her family. First, she told a story of when husband was ill. She felt despair, anguish, anger and turned from the Lord, but eventually prayed and received comfort. And her husband made full recovery. Equally, later when they lost their 17 year old daughter, she felt the same comfort. She testified that the Lord’s comfort was there no matter the outcome.
Cast burdens on God, tell Him how you feel, cast your burden on him. Search the scriptures. Christ has taken not only our sins, but our pains and afflictions.
She concluded with Isaiah 49:16
15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
Overall, I felt that the General Relief Society Presidency has tried hard to make this broadcast Christ- and atonement-centered. They also did a good job of being inclusive of the diversity of women in the Church: acknowledging that we don’t all have nuclear families with husbands and children, but are single, childless, and even without any blood-related family at all. Reeve’s talk included a good balance of women- and men-centered scripture stories, which I think is wonderful. This is a broadcast that I would definitely recommend reading, listening to, or watching again.