I was going through some papers the other day and found a few things that made my heart skip a beat. They were either things Susan wrote or had her name on them, and seeing them unexpectedly filled me with a flood of memories for my sweet friend.
I’m going to post a couple of them here. When Susan disappeared, she had been serving for over a year as part of the Relief Society presidency in our ward (church congregation), a job she enjoyed very much and was quite good at. The first one today comes from a message Susan wrote for our ward Relief Society monthly newsletter handed out to all the women in our congregation:
Relief Society Presidency Message, October 2009
Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “…The reason we pray, study the scriptures, have good friends, and live the gospel through obedience to the commandments is so that when—not if, but when—the trials come, we are ready.”
I like that so much let me repeat it, “When—not if, but when—the trials come, we are ready.” It really is so simple! Try to do the right thing and be prepared for WHEN not IF it happens. Trying to do good things is like getting spiritual exercise. I often equate regular church attendance to therapy; it is counseling and you can choose to let the messages be as broad or as personal as you want.
The September First Presidency Message in the Ensign by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf was talking about the influence of a righteous woman when he said, “May I invite you to rise to the great potential within you. But don’t reach beyond your capacity. Don’t set goals beyond your capacity to achieve. Don’t feel guilty or dwell on thoughts of failure. Dont’ compare yourself with others. Do the best you can, and the Lord will provide the rest…. Wherever you have been planted on this beautiful earth of ours, you can be the one to ‘succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees’ (D&C 81:5).”
–Susan Cox Powell
Susan Cox Powell. Photo courtesy of Friends & Family of Susan Powell.