“All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny”
- The Family: A Proclamation to the World
- Central Idea:
- Worth vs. self-esteem.
- Self-esteem changes based on circumstances
- Worth is an eternal principle,
- Determined before coming to earth
- Stays the same
- Since worth is eternal we must apply eternal principles to fully understand it
- My purpose: educate on 4 different ways we achieve the ultimate understanding of self-worth.
Point 1: Be humble
Speak of professionals (picture)
- Helps you focus on other people’s needs
- Gives you confidence professionally because you know where your abilities come from
- More willing to trust directions that God gives you, because the strength comes from him.
- *Denise: Understanding that God gave you talents, while at the same time, it doesn’t make you better than anyone else. As she understood this it helped her see that humility helps us understand different people’s perspectives and have love towards them, which in turn helps us see our own self-worth as well.
Point 2: Serve
*Jen’s story on being a camp director and organizing arts and crafts
- Gives you the satisfaction of accomplishing something
- Even when things don’t go how you wished, you know that you’ve given your all.
- You learn to not rely on other opinions and praise
Point 3: Self-reliance
Family Home Evening Manual shares that being self-reliant is taking responsibility for our own physical and spiritual welfare through our own efforts and with guidance from our Heavenly Father, we can experience the feeling of self-worth.
*My story* I felt my self-worth increase while serving on the mission, as I was taking care of my physical and spiritual welfare through exercise and study. Even though I was told to do them, I could have just ignored that guidance and don’t whatever I wanted, instead I chose to take care of my welfare all around. And the consequence of my action was that I was able to rely on Heavenly Father’s guidance in seeing ways that he wanted me to improve as a missionary so that our lessons were more prepared and our area prospered.
It all comes back to these four points:
- Learn how to work hard
- Taking responsibility for own actions
- Confidence in our abilities and self-worth
Point 4: Personal Purity
*Mom’s story on the dance and grandpas question.
- Lesson learned: You show respect for yourself and come to know that as you remain pure you’ll find someone that values you for who you are.
- Live in a way consistent with your divine heritage
“The fruits of the search for holiness in their lives have been transparent, expressed through their inner dignity, their feelings of self-respect and personal worth. “ -James E. Faust
Summary: Self-worth comes from within and is everlasting, never changing. Ways that we can come to understand our worth are through being humble, self-reliant, serving others, and having personal purity. As we do this, I know we will come to see our true self-worth.
“Let’s not be confused about who we are! While it is often easier to be spiritually passive than it is to put forth the spiritual effort to remember and embrace our divine identity, we cannot afford that indulgence in these latter days.”
- Sister Joy D. Jones October 2017 Women’s Session