My Weird Project: Women of the Scriptures Blog Series

Prepare yourselves:  A series of posts about women in the scriptures and the Young Women values! But first, a bit of explanation…

mary-magdalene-saw-jesus-1103329-galleryBeing the ~feminist~ that I am, I love to read stories about my fellow ladies in our religious canon. Knowing this, my grandma gave me some cheesy women-in-the-scriptures baseball cards for my birthday. Each card bore one of the Young Women values [click here to know more about these values] and had a picture of a woman from the scriptures who exemplified the said value. To my own surprise, I took an interest in these cards and found myself deeply analyzing each one. Do I know why? Nope, still don’t. But these cards both fascinated and bothered me.

Things that I noted: For one, I thought it was cool that they found so many scriptural women (I mean, from what I knew, there weren’t that many). However, there was one thing that irked me (other than the quirky drawings on them – those things were weird, man) – the value designated for each woman. Some of them were great, but others just didn’t fit. I mean, who the heck are “The Women in the Wilderness”? And where in heaven’s name is Eve?! I stewed for weeks about these dumb LDS novelty cards. Then I decided I could take no more. I wanted to correct the mistakes made on these tiny pieces of cardstock – I needed to set the record straight.

My task: to search the scriptures and make my own list of women for each Young Women’s value, gosh darnit.

So I read, and I googled, and I searched. In the process, I found this AMAZING website called Women in the Scriptures that I highly recommend – check it out if you have a few minutes. This site really helped me formulate a good list.

In my research, I discovered a couple things.
1) My presumption that there were more applicable women to the YW values was correct but
2) There are SO MANY MORE women than I thought. Holy cannoli. I found that I could not narrow down my list to one-person-per-value. I cheated and made it two-people-per-value. Hope you don’t mind.

Now, after searching  f o r e v e r , I thought that I would share with you the results. Click any of the values listed below to read what I have found! (and don’t worry, Eve is there.)

FAITH
DIVINE NATURE
INDIVIDUAL WORTH
KNOWLEDGE
CHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY
GOOD WORKS
INTEGRITY
VIRTUE

 

 

 

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Women of the Scriptures: Choice and Accountability

abigailAbigail   1 Samuel 25

Picture this: you just found out that jerk of a husband mouthed off at the warrior king who now is going to take his armies and destroy your land and every living thing on it. Gulp. Poor Abigail was stuck in this situation – but she didn’t idly stand by sulking and awaiting her doom. She took matters into her own hands. Not knowing if King David would listen to her or kill her (or if her awful husband would find out and stop her/kill her, he was a big jerk), Abigail prepared a large peace offering and went to David’s camp by herself to fix the problem. In humility, she begged for the lives of her household, taking the blame of her husband’s insult upon her own shoulders. David’s heart was softened and he spared their lives – all because Abigail chose to take action. She is and Old Testament type for Christ, and a great example of what can happen when we use our agency to act and not be acted upon.

 

bible-video-jesus-miracles-woman-1400924-galleryWoman With the Issue of Blood   Mark 5:25-34

This was a woman of faith and action. In the first century, those with her kind of blood condition were ostracized and considered unclean. For 12 years, she did everything she could to find healing, paying various physicians until her money ran out, but to no avail. She was forced to live on the streets and beg. Then she overheard that the Healer Messiah was coming down her street. Now, when we see video depictions of this New Testament tale, we often see the woman sitting idly at the side of the road who just reaches out and lightly touches Jesus’ robes. The Mark account tells us otherwise. Knowing full well how she could be harshly punished for going into a crowd, let alone purposefully touching people in her uncleanliness, she forced her way through the mob, reached, and just grazed the hem of Christ’s robe as she fell to the ground. Because of her act of faith, she was instantly healed. She chose to believe in Christ’s power. She acted, even though the stakes were high. And because she did, she was made whole. Let’s take a note from this woman – we must take faithful action if we wish to see results. When we do, God will make up the rest.