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I want to share with you another story of a strong woman, as shared by Bonnie Oscarson in this talk, who lived her life in a fearless meaningful way.  Her full story can be found here.

I recently read the story of Marie Madeline Cardon, who, with her family, received the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ from the first missionaries called to serve in Italy in 1850. She was a young woman of 17 or 18 years of age when they were baptized. One Sunday, while the family was holding a worship service in their home high in the Alps of northern Italy, an angry mob of men, including some of the local ministers, gathered around the house and began shouting, yelling, and calling for the missionaries to be brought outside. I don’t think they were anxious to be taught the gospel—they intended bodily harm. It was young Marie who marched out of the house to confront the mob.

They continued their vicious yells and demands for the missionaries to be brought out. Marie raised her Bible up in her hand and commanded them to depart. She told them that the elders were under her protection and that they could not harm one hair of their heads. Listen to her own words: “All stood aghast. … God was with me. He placed those words in my mouth, or I could not have spoken them. All was calm, instantly. That strong ferocious body of men stood helpless before a weak, trembling, yet fearless girl.” The ministers asked the mob to leave, which they did quietly in shame, fear, and remorse. The small flock completed their meeting in peace.

I love this image. Of all the people at this meeting who could have gone out and confronted this mob, a young woman, sure of her own intent and beliefs, didn’t wait for the men to go deal with the problem. She stood up and confronted the angry mob of men, head on. I imagine it was pretty scary, but she didn’t let that stop her. I hope that I can be like her when faced with doing what is right and necessary.

We are each more powerful than we often believe that we are, and through reading about people like Marie, I hope that we will see that it is possible to stand up for what we believe and face our fears with dignity, considering more about the benefits of doing what is right, rather than worrying about what might happen to us.  Make it a great weekend.  – Laura

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