You knew this was coming didn't you?
It is so strange but I knew several weeks ago that Sister Beck was getting released. We are getting so close to having our book done (it goes to the printer in a few days-- if it hasn't gone already) and I was thinking about how I'd like to take her a copy and say thank you for the guidance she gave us. As I was pondering about this I felt the spirit whisper to me that she was getting released. So when they were doing the releasings on Saturday afternoon and they panned over to where she was sitting I wanted to cry and scream "NO" (I actually think I did do that one)... but I wasn't surprised. I am grateful that the spirit prepared me for this because it may have been a lot harder for me if he hadn't.
I've made no secret of the fact that I have a great love and appreciation for Julie Beck. She has been the General Relief Society President for most of the time that I have been in Relief Society and I feel so much gratitude for her incredible leadership. She is an amazing woman, truly a modern day prophetess, and one of my greatest role models. In the post I wrote when I had the chance to meet with her I said that it would be fair to re-write the scripture about Captain Moroni and say,
" Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all [WOMEN] had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto [SISTER BECK] behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men."
Really, she has been (and still is) my hero.
I feel that under her guidance that the "bar has been raised" for the Relief Society and that she has given LDS women a greater vision of our place and responsibility in God's work. I know that she has helped me better understand what it means to be a woman and what work God has for me to do on this earth. I can't even begin to count the many times that something she has said has been like a band-aid to my soul, answering hard questions that I have struggled with for years. I have the feeling that she sees and understands so much more than she can possibly share with us and I long to know what she knows and see what she sees.
That is a life journey I am looking forward to.
Thank you Sister Beck for a life full of Christ-like service and charity. Thank you for accepting the call to serve your God, even though I am sure it has been hard for you.
You have taught me to ask the hard questions and have faith that I will get answers.
I have asked. And I have received.
You will never know the impact you have had in my life. The only way I can think to repay you is to continue serving the God I know you love and the women around the world whom I know that both of you love.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Your sister in Christ