One of my favorite talks is from Elder Uchtdorf where he discussed the idea of lifting where you stand. He spoke about members of the ward moving in a huge piano which had just been purchased. The difficulty was that when only some individuals would lift, it would make the piano go off center and would make it impossible to move. The point was that everyone needed to grab the piano wherever they happened to be and to lift it together as they moved it to its proper place.
Because of the structure of our leadership I think that sometimes it can be easy to feel that our participation is not really that important as it is only a select group of individuals who are making most of the decisions. However I feel that this is the wrong approach as all of us may not have the decision making power for the ways things work on the corporate level of the church, but we all do have an important place and voice in this church. One of my favorite thinkers in the church has said asked “Whose church is this? It is the church of Jesus Christ, and the Church of the Latter-day Saints. It is our church and I believe that we all need to recognize that as we seek way to improve and grow together.
In teaching us about our individual worth and importance, Sister Okazaki shared the following. “Paul explained, ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus’ (Galatians 3:28). Let me paraphrase with my own thoughts: In Relief Society there is neither old nor young, rich nor poor, valuable nor invaluable, feminist nor traditionalist, vigorously healthy nor chronically ill, serving nor served, for we are all one in sisterhood.”
-Chieko Okazaki, Disciples, p. 75