“We are all in this together. We need each other. Oh, how we need each other. Those of us who are old need you who are young, and hopefully, you who are young need some of us who are old…We need deep and satisfying and loyal friendships with each other. These friendships are a necessary source of sustenance. We need to renew our faith every day. We need to lock arms and help build the kingdom so that it will roll forth and fill the whole earth.”
These words by Marjorie Pay Hinckley are so true! As women we need each other. We need connection and the sustenance that comes from deep friendships. This is a lesson that has been relearned over this past year. When the pandemic hit and some other trials came about last spring, I felt deeply alone. I felt I couldn’t reach out to ask others because of restrictions placed due to the pandemic. I felt that I would be judged due to some of my shortcomings. I felt truly alone. I remember on a day where I was hit full force with my inadequacies and felt very overwhelmed that I received a prompting to share what I was experiencing with one of my friends. I was hesitant but I decided to reach out. This friend did not judge, did not push, but listened, offered help, and loved me despite my fears.
Over the past few months I was led to a group of girls that have become the best friends I have ever had. Women who share my love of the gospel, also have children in similar situations as mine, who have shared interests, but most of all our hearts connected in a way . These three women have become my rocks, they make me laugh, they listen when I cry, they help me want to be better and we all turn to each other in the good and the bad. We sustain each other.
I pray that each of you is able to find those individuals who are meaningful to you. May you grow closer to Him through your relationships with these friends. May your faith be strengthened and may you be able to be the instrument that He needs together.
Artwork by Kate Lee