Thursday, January 8, 2009


I've been thinking a lot lately about beauty. There is beauty all around us, and I'm not talking about Hollywood's definition of beauty. I'm talking about the kind of beauty we find in people, and good deeds, and truth.

In our church, there is a women's organization called the Relief Society and they provide relief. In situations where someone has passed away, or has had a baby, or is ill, or a family member is ill... they cook, they clean, they care for children, they form a plan to make sure that the family is cared for. It is called charity, or the pure love of Christ. And it is beautiful.

I am grateful to be included in this beautiful organization and to occasionally have the opportunity to serve my fellow man. And it is comforting to me to know that when I am in my hour of need, I will have sisters to rely on.

A couple of beautiful stories to share today:

Nie is back
C Jane is back
Recognizing Beauty (my mom is thinking about beauty too, and this fascinated me.)

*** I edited this post after originally publishing it.


Lisa said...

I loved your moms post...and yours too.
Marilyn, you are a great example of beauty and of charity. Whenever our family is in need you are there to help and support. Thanks :)

Dandee said...

We are blessed to be a part of the Relief Society. Not only to bless the lives of members, but for those not of our faith as well. Truly beautiful.

Mike Brinkerhoff said...

Cindy and I spent six years at "Champions Centre", a MegaChurch here in Tacoma... We had many friends AT CHURCH, and even hosted a small group in our home twice a month, were very involved in various ministries - I played and sang in the worship band, Cindy was a team leader in the kids area... And yet, other than one family that we did a few things with, not one of our "friendships" extended once we left the building.

Contrast that to our experience after coming back to the LDS Church... Even during a rough transition period where we quit going, we spent more time with good, true friends from church than we had in the six years at Church, Inc. Cindy's visiting teachers faithfully checked in on, and encouraged her. When she broke her ankle, we had dinners delivered to the house without even asking for them.

It truly is a beautiful organization... and while I really, REALLY miss playing in the band, the LDS experience is so complete, encompassing all aspects of our lives in an incredibly holistic way... Clearly as our Father in Heaven intended.

Thanks for the inspirational post!!

4starmom said...

I'm glad that you will be there to help others to feel a beautiful spirit through the music you play. I'll be there to hear you. (ps, did you know her daughter is LDS?) I really like this soundtrack playing.

tharker said...

What a blessing it is for this woman to know that she can call for help and that you and others will be there to respond.

I keep thinking about Sister Julie B. Beck's talk during the R.S. general meeting. She (basically) said that now is the time for women in the church to take the lead in serving, and showing love and charity to those in our communities.

Sarah said...

I too can say I am so glad for the church and the wonderful sisters we join with in the Relief Society organization. My mother-in-law has been a stalwart memeber of the local Catholic Church here almost her whole life and during her recent trials and health issues she's had over the last few years, we have been her only help. At times it has been very stressful for us, of course we love her and would do anything for her, but the burden can sometimes be hard. It makes me so sad to think of those in our communities that have no one to watch out for them and it makes me so thankful that if it were my mother, and I could not be near her, I know the women of her ward would look after her with great care and love. People do notice and appreciate the service we give.

debsters said...

You are very wise to realize that there are many readers of your blog that will appreciate you explaining the Relief Society organization. I sometimes use words and terminology in my posts that wouldn't make any sense to the non-lds reader. This post will touch many of your readers from all backgrounds.

The Garden Maiden said...

Beauty is, as beauty does. You are beautiful!