God’s Plan/Timetable for Us

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“Some may think they have failed too many times and feel too weak to change sinful acts or worldly desires of the heart. However, as covenant Israel, we don’t just try and try on our own to change. If we earnestly appeal to God, He takes us as we are—and makes us more than we ever imagined.”

Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Yielding Our Hearts to God,” October 2015 General Conference

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“May I point out something obvious? Life rarely goes exactly according to plan for anyone, and we are very aware that not all women are experiencing what the proclamation describes. It is still important to understand and teach the Lord’s pattern and strive for the realization of that pattern the best we can.

“Each of us has a part to play in the plan, and each of us is equally valued in the eyes of the Lord. We should remember that a loving Heavenly Father is aware of our righteous desires and will honor His promises that nothing will be withheld from those who faithfully keep their covenants. Heavenly Father has a mission and plan for each of us, but He also has His own timetable. One of the hardest challenges in this life is to have faith in the Lord’s timing. It’s a good idea to have an alternative plan in mind, which helps us to be covenant-keeping, charitable, and righteous women who build the kingdom of God no matter which way our lives go. We need to teach our daughters to aim for the ideal but plan for contingencies.”

Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President
Defenders of the Family Proclamation,” April 2015 General Conference

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” ‘What-e’er thou art, act well thy part.’ That simple statement renewed my vision that Heavenly Father knew me and had a plan for my life, and the spirit I felt helped me understand that my part mattered.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
We Are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father,” April 2013 General Conference

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“I know that His tender mercies and His miracles, large and small, are real. They come in His way  and on His timetable. Sometimes it is not until we have reached our extremity.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
My Soul Delighteth in the Things of the Lord,” April 2008 General Conference

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“The Lord’s timetable for each of us does not negate our nature. Some of us, then, must simply find other ways to mother. And all around us are those who need to be loved and led.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Are We Not All Mothers?” October 2001 General Conference

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“Most of our lives are not a string of dramatic moments that call for immediate heroism and courage. Most of our lives, rather, consist of daily routines, even monotonous tasks, that wear us down and leave us vulnerable to discouragement. Sure, we know where we’re going, and if it were possible we would choose to jump out of bed, work like crazy, and be there by nightfall. But our goal, our journey’s end, our Zion is life in the presence of our Heavenly Father. And to get there we are expected to walk and walk and walk.”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Keep Walking, and Give Time a Chance,” April 1997 General Conference

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“We may not know what contribution our small thread makes to the great tapestry. We may not understand the pattern that our lives make as they intersect, connect, separate, and intersect again, but God does.”

Chieko Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Cat’s Cradle of Kindness,” April 1993 General Conference

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