“Julie, wake up! It’s time for scriptures and morning prayers!”
Julie stared blearily at the clock and sighed. Already 6 a.m.? Her mom’s voice came again from downstairs, “Now!”
Julie shrugged out of her blankets, salvaging one to wrap around her and made her way downstairs. Her siblings sat sloppily eating their cereal and her dad rushed in to grab some toast.
“Honey?” Her mother said to her dad as he slathered the homemade jam across the top.
“Oh yes, sorry.” He grabbed the scriptures, “Now where were we?” Her mother came over, pointed to the verse, “Right here.”
“Oh right. ‘And if came to pass that they did call on the name of the Lord, in their might, even until they had all fallen to the earth, save it were one of the Lamanitish…’”
Julie tried listening attentively, her head in her hands, but sleep lured her quietly that it wasn’t until she heard her mother’s voice again that she snapped back to attention. “Ok, dear, ask the children what they learned.”
“Something about people falling?”
“More like falling asleep.” Her brother giggled.
Her mother smiled and turned back to her father. “Dear, why don’t you call on someone for morning prayers?”
“Alright, why don’t you do it.” Julie watched as her mother serenely closed eyes and began praying for their family’s safety for the day. With the “amen” the rush of her dad heading out to work and the kids readying for school began.
Later that night, at a party, Julie watched as her friends opened the pizza boxes. Suddenly, she felt a nagging. They should pray over this food, they were all LDS. She looked around, there was John, the newly-minted priest and oldest of her friends. “John? Should you call on someone to pray?”
“Oh, sure. Um, Camille, you want to bless the pizza?”
Julie smiled as she bowed her head and a warmth spread through her. She finally understood the influence of a righteous woman. Focusing her friends on the spiritual was wonderful practice for when she would become a mother. A mother who knew exactly how to speak up and then step back to allow those with the priesthood to preside.