What Would a Holy Woman Do?
by Wendy Watson Nelson
My mom brought this book to my attention and I am so thankful that she did.
I had no idea what a gem I was missing.
Thank you, Mom.
It is a very quick read, but also one that you can take your time with and ponder a bit.
The main idea that I took from this book is the question, which is also the title,
"What would a Holy Woman do?"
Think about that question for a minute. (If you are a man then feel free to think, "What would a Holy Man do?" No difference here as hopefully we are all striving to be holy men and women.)
Now, take that question and apply it to every decision you make.
What did I notice as I took on this challenge? I noticed that every decision that I made throughout the course of a day could be governed by this question. I also noticed that when I applied the question when I started getting agitated with someone or something, that I gradually did not feel so agitated anymore. My frustration was replaced with patience and understanding.
Now, I think it is important to know that the question is not "What would a Holier Than Thou Woman or Man do?" Please do not confuse the two. As we strive to become more holy and make better decisions, that does not place us in a higher status with God. It does not make us better than someone else. In fact, as we become more Holy it does quite the opposite.
As we strive to become more holy and as we put the Savior first in every thought and decision, we become more humble.
We become more teachable. We find that we have more patience. We become more forgiving with ourselves and with others. We are more fully able to let go of the burdens that we feel and allow the Savior to help us carry them.
I leave you with two quotes from the book.
1. "In Doctrine and Covenants 60:7 the Lord says very clearly, 'I am able to make you holy.' Think of that truth. He is able to make us holy."
2. "Thinking about being holy gives purpose to your life and to your activities. Holiness means exercising faith--continually desiring faith. Faith is knowing why I do what I do. Christ is real."
To that I add my own testimony. Christ is indeed real. He is real and He loves each of us, more than we can comprehend. He loves us as we have been, as we are, and he loves us for what we can become. He sees our potential and although He loves us as we are, He is always encouraging us to reach our full potential and we can do that with His help.