I see it over and over again... courage!
In the face of the unknown, or during times that others might perceive as intimidating, tragic, or perhaps overwhelming, I have seen faith in Jesus Christ made manifest in the lives of many of the valiant daughters of Eve.

Faithful women whom I have known or observed throughout my life, in one example after another, of having crashed head-on into life's wall of mortal realities, compelled to then face its destructive forces, literally picking themselves up and taking on the consequences; come whatever that might be...

I often shake my head at what so many incredible women, who with faith and courage rise to places unknown, to do things they never thought they could do, and succeed -- even triumph! To name a few...

  • I've witnessed, first-hand, my sister-in-law at the passing of her two-year old infant son, and then again observed her, over 25 years later, when her husband, barely 50, suffered a massive stroke, changing their remaining youthful years in mortality, teach others the meaning of true and eternal love...

  • Standing by the side of a dear friend, mother of seven, at the time in her mid 40's, bravely face cancer, I watched her part for time with her eternal companion and precious little ones -- with dignity, grace and and to my astonishment... humor.

  • I continue to be inspired by my longtime friend, who spends her days in a wheelchair, having been diagnosed with MS while a young mother, who used to love to run! I've never once heard her complain, but always has a smile on her face and loves her family, genealogy and is a genuine people person!

  • Almost daily I am inspired by incredibly intelligent and spiritually mature LDS women who stand for truth and righteousness, as they boldly go forth to speak the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ and uphold the teachings of living prophets in opposition to the mainstream philosophies of the world.

The latest Mormon Messages video features from the Old Testament the courageous example of Esther, alongside three modern-day daughters of Eve who exemplify courage in the face of various challenges -- where either due to physical trials or spiritual promptings these sisters are compelled to act in faith to exercise courage beyond their normal capacity to accomplish the extraordinary!

Video Mormon Messages: Courage

"For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? " Esther 4:14

Today, LDS women around the globe, more than ever before, stand out as beacons of light for the valiant courage they have to live gospel standards, and stand for family values with courage in the midst of a moral decline in mainstream society. I happen to believe that there are still those looking for light, but not just any light -- the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ, only to be found among his disciples who are living examples of truth, easily discerned.

I'd like to dedicate this post in honor of the faithful and courageous women I've highlighted today, of which I have no doubt they know who they are, and my own, now four daughters, whom I greatly revere and honor as the mothers of my grandchildren -- the rising generation of light and truth!

 I'd love to hear about a woman that you know, who has shown faith and courage in the face of a challenge that has inspired you -- or does inspire you!  Please DO share in the comments...

Kathryn Skaggs

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