Last night I attended our Stake Relief Society dinner/fireside. I had spent the day with my husband, kids and my in-laws and was "this close" to bailing. But I didn't. I had this feeling that I needed to be there... I thought the feeling came because I had just made some new friends whom I told I would be going, and I didn't want to disappoint them. Later, I would learned that this experience would change my life. So I rushed home and had 15 minutes to get ready before my ride would pick me up.
The evening started with dinner and visiting (or "talking story"). I met some more women in my new ward, and was able to chat with the friends I had made this past week at a little get-together the RS President had at her home. Because it was a Stake event, I was able to see a few friends from wards I was previously in! I can easily say I was enjoying myself. (Did I mention I was kid-free?!?!).
I had no idea what was in store for the evening. I didn't bother to look at the flyer or ask. But after dinner, the women gathered in the chapel and enjoyed one of the most inspiring and encouraging firesides I can remember!
The speaker was Jenny Philips. I hadn't heard of her before - but was anxious to hear what she had to say. My first impression is that she was simple. No striking features or distracting apparel but she's pretty and soft spoken. But there was "something" about her.
I could go on and on about all the little moments... but I wont - in hopes that you will one day have the privilege of hearing her message for yourself. Her message is one of love and hope! We are daughters of a king in a literal sense - which makes each of us princesses...
Her book, The Parable of the Princesses is timeless. Every home should have it, and the story should be read often. I cannot effectively express the impact this story can have on a girls and women alike. It has renewed my love for my Heavenly Father and Savior and the plan He has for us!
On top of such an inspirational book, she is a musician. She sings beautifully and the lyrics to her songs ring so true that it brought tears to my eyes. The spirit testifies of the truthfulness of her message. We are daughters of God, and he wants us to come home to Him.
She could probably perform in a concert setting - her voice is that good. She could probably fill a stadium and make millions. But she chooses to share her message through music and a parable, in a humble setting - in this case, a Relief Society fireside.
I really felt like I was at a free "concert' of sorts. The songs she sang made something within' me stir. Made me feel like I could take on the world. Like I am truly a Princess.
I imagine her eternal rewards will equal more than $millions$ with the lives she touches. But what a way to gain perspective on this life. The frivolity of the world mean nothing to the Lord.
She encouraged us to eliminate immoral TV shows from our lives, with a promise that if we did, our purpose would become more clear. She encouraged us to study "the book" our Heavenly Father has given us so we can remember him and feel close to him while we are "apart". Words of wisdom. So simple, yet I need to be reminded often.
She is the type of woman I want to be. I am truly grateful for the experience and do not intent to f0rget it anytime soon. What an example! Really, I have received a "reality" check. I know what I must do.
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