The good women of the world

Below are six of the dozen friends who met for lunch recently to wish a fond farewell to the beautiful woman in white! She will be serving with her husband who is an area authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santiago, Chile, for 2-5 years. Though she knows where she will be living and goes with faith, without a time frame.

As I look at these women whom I love, I realize that each has contributed immeasurably in her own way to the good of the world. In addition to raising large families, several have served as mission president’s wives in foreign countries. Two are spending many hours each week serving aging mothers. One is an expert in family history and is rallying all of us to do better. Two are presently or have recently served as humanitarian medical workers in the most difficult situations in third world countries from the Congo to Kenya, from the Philippines to Papua, New Guinea. One, who is a nurse, saw a woman in the violent labor being dragged across a concrete floor at a ramshackle Congolese hospital as the baby was born on the concrete before she could be put on a bed. She and her husband, who is a doctor, have saved countless babies’ lives.

Just looking at these happy, beautiful women, no one could possibly know the good they have accomplished in their own realm. Difficult times have been endured with a smile and without a complaint (that I know of). They are truly angels who have borne up thousands and have truly internalized Elder Joseph Wirthlin’s sage advice, “Come what may and love it.”

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