Scott and I watched Gov. (of Alaska) Sarah Palin accept John McCain’s invitation to run as vice president this morning.  She has everything, it seems, that will help him win!  I love how much I feel like I can relate to her.  Mom of 5, “regular” person, athlete.  Scratch that last one and….wait, maybe that’s all I relate to, but I still like her!

You know how moms are “supposed” to stay home with their kids?  Don’t think I am second-guessing myself as a stay-at-home mom, but I find myself very impressed and confused at the same time when I encounter someone like Sarah Palin or Hillary Weeks, say.  I want to be them, in other words achieve amazing things that reach a lot of people, but then I realize the two choices aren’t compatible.   But could they be?  Therein lies the confusion.  I also don’t want to be so extreme to think that very-involved women are either good or bad, because sometime I do that to people.

The verse in the Doctrine and Covenants 58 about being “anxiously engaged in a good cause” also says later that “inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.”  I think this could mean that we all have sins and make weak, poor, or even bad choices (take the founding fathers or other people who made a huge difference in the world but were scoundrels in some way), but by the Lord’s grace if we “do good,” and of course acknowledge our Saviour, we won’t lose our reward.

Maybe we’re ok as stay-at-home moms to stretch ourselves and touch the community in some way if we feel we want to!

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