Sister Holland: I want to add here that all of us need to remember we are more divine than we are temporal and only the adversary would have us believe otherwise. Remember we are truly spiritual beings having a short temporal experience. If we can remember that, we can more readily call upon those spiritual gifts that are ours and that have been made powerful in us through the Atonement of Christ. I read a poet recently who wrote of the “consuming fire of Christ,” a divine flame that would burn away our sins and shortcomings, our sorrows and inadequacies. That is something I want to pass on to the next generation—“the consuming fire of Christ”—a fire set by our own love.
In that spirit may I say that one of my great wishes for this women’s conference, is that it will be a time when we stop “beating up” on ourselves and let the grace of heaven—this divine flame if you will—wash over us and make us whole—truly “holy.” Remember, no matter what you have done, you can be forgiven of it, so get the process started by forgiving yourself and let repentance lead you on to the miracle of God’s forgiveness.
Take hope. Look up. Be good to yourself, because your Heavenly Father surely wants to be good to you. Let’s let the Spirit envelope us, make us calm, and heal our souls.
What Time Is This? Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Patricia T. Holland, Friday, May 4, 2007, at the BYU Women’s Conference