One of the most amazing things about the past two years I've had the opportunity to spend as a presenter for Time Out for Women has been the chance to attend the events and listen to all the other presenters. I come home from each weekend recharged and ready to do better and be better and accomplish more. It's a real blessing.
This fall season has been a busy one for me - I've had three back-to-back weekend events. As I looked at the calendar, I joked with my husband that with three TOFW events in a row, the Relief Society session of General Conference, and then General Conference the weekend after that if I don't come out the other side of this a better person, I seriously need to re-evaluate myself. *grin*
I've been so blessed this year to present several times with Brad Wilcox. I love Brad. He's just as funny and thoughtful and kind as you imagine he is, and his talks are so much fun to listen to. You're laughing one minute, and learning profound gospel truths the next. He's a master teacher.
Brad's TOFW talk this year has been about the different names of the Savior. He talks about how in Third Nephi Jesus said that His people will know His name. Brad teaches about the different names of Jesus and how when we learn what they mean, we can begin to see more clearly all that He has to offer us. It's a great talk. I've heard it several times this year, but I really needed to hear it in Boise.
You see, I've been pretty discouraged with myself lately. With my ability to accomplish the day-to-day things that add up to make us better. It's discouraging. I look around and I compare myself as we all do, and I just get so discouraged.
Brad has so many great quotes in this talk, but I have two favorite moments in the talk that really hit me in Boise.
Brad tells of a friend of his who isn't living the teachings of the church any longer because, as he says, "God loves me just the way I am." Brad answered him, saying:
God loves us just the way we are, but he also loves us enough to not leave us like this.
I love my grandchildren just the way they are, but it doesn't mean that I don't want them to learn to walk, it doesn't mean I don't want them to learn to talk, it doesn't mean I don't want them to learn to read. I love them enough to want more for them.
God loves us enough not just to want more, but to make a way for that to become a reality. As we make covenants with Christ, he literally gives us the power to be transformed.
Then, at the close of Brad's talk, he says this:
Oh, thank goodness He's not finished making me yet. I've been striving to keep that in mind over the past couple weeks.
Thank you, Brad.
P.S. Remember to go check out this week's post at TOFW.com!
P.P.S. You should also go enter the giveaways this week on my Facebook page! New giveaways every day, and all the drawings happen on Saturday.