A couple of weeks ago, Donna again taught a terrific, thought-provoking lesson in Relief Society, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since…especially the partial quote and object lesson she provided at the end. I’ve been searching for the quote in its entirely on and off since then, and I finally found it in an article by Margaret Nadauld in the November, 2000 Ensign.
Here it is: “Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.”
Attached to the quote were two pieces of fabric, one coarse wool and the other shiny, white satin. The difference was striking, and I haven’t been able to get the two fabric samples out of my mind. That morning as I listened to the end of the lesson, an image of Paul’s girlfriend Amanda came to mind. She’s like satin. She’s kind, gentle, good, tender, refined, happy, mannerly, sweet, modest, and loving. She’s a young woman with “her head on straight,” who knows who she is and where she’s going. Amanda’s satin…just like my daughters.
Perhaps I’m biased, but I don’t think so. I’m with M. Russell Ballard who feels that the world has enough women who are “sexy, saucy, and socially aggressive.” I’m sure glad that my son can spot quality.