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Women’s Goodness: Unstopped by Pandemic

As Mother's Day is celebrated worldwide, we took a look at what women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sydney have been doing while stay-at-home rules are implemented.

An invitation for women to share their stories showed that mothers, sisters, daughters and friends were unceasingly following the example of Jesus Christ by sharing their goodness and optimism, while they uplifted their families and served in the community.

Eliza Cragun shared that her daughters, Abby and Mia, set up an obstacle course--the Cragun Olympics--in their yard. The family also sewed and donated face masks to members of the Consulate community.  As a busy mother of four children and a family that has regularly relocated for professional purposes, Eliza found a rare opportunity to update her professional development in Data Science during this time.


Although spending all day, every day, with her children can be challenging for some mothers, the women in the Mandarin congregation in Ryde embraced this challenge with enthusiasm and creativity. 

During the school holidays, Julia Pan taught her sons to assemble new furniture and organise the family’s food storage. 

Ting Mok ensured her sons had a healthy balance of indoor and outdoor activities by leading them in scripture study, helping with their studies and ensuring they were well protected when they went scooter riding.

Vicky Wu, President of the women’s organisation (Relief Society) of the single adults congregation, commented that the women in her congregation have been actively studying online and maintaining their physical health at home.  She mentioned that they keep ministering to each other and supporting each other’s physical and mental well-being.  

The Relief Society Presidency of the Greenwich congregation made time on the Saturday before Mother's Day to deliver cookies to every woman in their organisation, bringing with them a message: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13).

Mother's Day is truly a time to celebrate womanhood and acknowledge women’s unwavering desire to spread goodness as they continue to strengthen their homes and their communities through these trying times. 

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