There are many trailblazing women in the history of the world who are empowered. Likewise the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are encouraged to be aware of their strengths and capabilities and make small but prominent sketch marks in their everyday life. At the Bengaluru Stake Relief Society activity on November 1, 2018, the theme was “Turn on Your Light.” Sisters were to turn on their talents to show—they could act, dance, or even speak. Language was no bar, as many sisters did not know English.
We, the Convent Road Ward sisters, with a skit, gave a glimpse into the life of one of the most prominent women in Latter-day Saint history—Emma Smith, whose life is a spiritual wonder and a mystery. The experience of portraying her life with all the challenges and trials was truly uplifting.
There was a feeling of stage fright and anxiety when the Relief Society sisters performed on the stage for the first time. But like a balanced equation, all the sisters got knit and bonded together while engaging in the activity. Other branches too performed various activities in relation to the theme: Turn on your light in different angles. It was dynamic and was done in an original way involving all of us in a process of inquiry and reflection. All these activities kept us involved, interested, energized, and invigorated. We were thrilled to attend the event. We returned to our home empowered with knowledge and skills after absorbing every bit like a sponge. The activity provided a new perspective on our approach to us—sisters overall! We felt like becoming more like heroines “quietly doing [our] part,” to quote Sister Elaine L. Jack.