This post is part of the General Conference Odyssey. This week covers the General Relief Society session of the October 1998 conference.
Sheri L. Dew is not talking about aliens visiting us. Rather she is referring to the presence of the Comforter, the Holy Ghost.
It is vital that we, the sisters of Relief Society, learn to hear the voice of the Lord. Yet I worry that too often we fail to seek the guidance of the Spirit. Perhaps we don't know how and haven't made it a priority to learn. Or we're so aware of our personal failings that we don't feel worthy, don't really believe the Lord will talk to us, and therefore don't seek revelation. Or we've allowed the distractions and pace or our lives to crowd out the Spirit. What a tragedy! For the Holy Ghost blesses us with optimism and wisdom at times of challenge that we simply cannot muster on our own. No wonder the adversary's favorite tactics among righteous LDS women is busyness--getting us so preoccupied with the flurry of daily life that we fail to immerse ourselves in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sisters, we can't afford not to seek the things of the Spirit! There is too much at stake. Too many people are depending on us as mothers, as sisters, leaders and friends. A woman led by the Lord knows where to turn for answers and for peace. She can make difficult decisions and face problems with confidence because she take her counsel from the Spirit, and from her leaders who are also guided by the Spirit.
I need to work on this and felt called to repentance when I listened to this talk. Sister Dew has always been a favorite of mine!