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YOUNG WOMEN VALUES CHANGES THE LIFE OF GRANDMOTHER IN WALES

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Some time ago, I sat in counsel into the early hours of the morning with a grandmother who wanted to die. Her family had endured trial after trial with faith and good heart but finally she just felt worn out and unable to cope.

After several hours, she accepted a priesthood blessing. She was uplifted by the Lord's counsel to her.A few days later as I prayed about the members in the ward, my thoughts were directed to the then-new Young Women's Handbook. I had been particularly impressed with the Young Women values.

I wrote a letter to this dear sister and sent copies of the Young Women values, along with the associated scripture references.

The sister in question had not borne her testimony in fast and testimony meeting for many years. But suddenly she was the first to her feet! She told of the inspiring letter she had received, of how she had looked up each scriptural reference and how it had changed her life.

Her whole outlook on life has changed. This lady, along with her family, still has trials to contend with, but she faces these challenges with strength and resolution.

Incidentally, she loved to crochet, sew and knit, but physical infirmities in her hands had meant she was unable to enjoy those skills. I say had because recently, as a result of prayer and fasting, the suppleness that had been lost for eight years has been restored.

I was sitting in the New Beginnings presentation in our stake and realized that here was a senior "young woman" who has benefited from such an inspired set of values.