Monday, October 3, 2011

You Are Not Forgotten

Last weekend I was able to attend the General Relief Society Meeting in Salt Lake with my mom. I always love listening to the counsel of the Relief Society Presidency and to hear a member of the First Presidency speak to just the women.

Like so many others, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk was my favorite. Below are some of the words that were the most touching.  

As a child, when I would look at the little forget-me-nots, I sometimes felt a little like that flower—small and insignificant. I wondered if I would be forgotten by my family or by my Heavenly Father.
Years later I can look back on that young boy with tenderness and compassion. And I do know now—I was never forgotten.
And I know something else: as an Apostle of our Master, Jesus Christ, I proclaim with all the certainty and conviction of my heart—neither are you!
You are not forgotten.
Sisters, wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love.
When he spoke these words I was overcome with the truthfulness of them. I knew that my Heavenly Father knows me. He has not forgotten me. He knows what I am going through. He loves me. I already knew that, but at that moment I felt that truth so strongly in my heart. I am not forgotten. How grateful I am to have that reconfirmed to me.

Having the opportunity to be in the conference center full of other women was such a blessing. I loved being surrounded by women like me. Women who believe in God and are striving to be steadfast in keeping His commandments. Women who honor and uphold the sanctity of family.

Being there, I wondered how many other women there were that really are like me. How many of these woman have also experienced the death of their own child? I'm sure I was not the only one. I felt connected with these thousands of women that I don't even know. Just as I felt my Heavenly Father's love and admiration for me I felt love and admiration for these women! What a glorious group to be a part of! I nearly gave a hug to the stranger next to me, but I thought she might think I was a little bit I refrained.

1 comment:

  1. I love you, Shelley. My thoughts were with you as I listened to Conference this weekend. I'm so glad that some of the words were able to give you comfort. I hope that you know that you are not forgotten - by your Heavenly Father or by your friends.