Strong vs Tough

I have had a quote on my “fridge” for a number of years that has often caused me to reflect on the qualities that bring us strength.

Sister Margaret Young said, “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 who are 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.”

In my reflective times I have realized that toughness of character comes from contention, harshness, anger and strife in general. Strength is it’s opposite.

Strength doesn’t come easily. It is built from faith, kindness, tenderness, gratitude, endurance, purity, and obedience to the commandments. Strength allows you to have the confidence to move forward and be happy. Strength is a shield of protection. Strength brings you joy. Strength is also a choice.

The 2,000 Stripling Warriors were not just faithful; they did not fear death and were able to save Antipus’ 10,000 from falling because they were spiritually clean and strong. It is this type of strength that I hope to obtain and to enjoy.


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