Sister Becky Craven: ‘Careful vs. Casual’

Second counselor in the Young Women general presidency

Notable quotes:

“Deep and lasting happiness comes by intentionally and carefully living the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
“We can rationalize all we want, but the fact is, there is not a right way to do the wrong thing.”
“If we love (the Lord) as we claim, can’t we show that love by being a little more careful in living His commandments?”

Summary points:

  1. There is a careful way and a casual way to do everything, including living the gospel.
  2. Consider ways to more carefully keep the commandments of God. The Holy Ghost will help one know what adjustments to make.
  3. For those who are casual and divert from the covenant path, repentance and Christ’s Atonement help one return to the path.

Talk summary:

Happiness is found in carefully living the gospel established by Jesus Christ. Like a train on a track that cannot swerve, “we too are on a track, a covenant path we committed to when we were baptized as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

One must avoid casually following the covenant path or rationalizing behavior, referring to actions as being in the gray.

“We can rationalize all we want, but the fact is, there is not a right way to do the wrong thing.”

The Mutual theme for 2019 is taken from John 14:15: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

“If we love (the Lord) as we claim, can’t we show that love by being a little more careful in living His commandments?”

One can consider how careful he or she is in Sabbath day worship, prayer, scripture study, temple worship, modesty in dress, ministering and language.

The standards in the For "The Strength of Youth" pamphlet do not expire when one leaves Young Men or Young Women programs. “They apply to each of us, all the time. A review of these standards may prompt other ways we can be more careful in our gospel living.”

Temptation and casualness can cause one to fall into the darkness of the world and away from the covenant path, but President Russell M. Nelson has urged all to return to the covenant path quickly. “How grateful I am for the gift of repentance and for the power of the Savior’s Atonement.”

In the news:

  • In August 2018, Sister Craven traveled with Sister Sharon Eubank and Sister Lisa Harkness to the Midwest in order to meet with community leaders and local members.
  • Joining Sister Cristina B. Franco, Sister Craven visited and met with members in six Caribbean nations in May 2018.
  • Sister Craven has shared her personal conversion story of how she came to know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon as a young woman.

About the speaker:

  • Sister Becky Craven was sustained in April 2018 general conference as the second counselor in the Young Women general presidency. Previously, she served in the North Carolina Charlotte Mission from 2012 to 2015 with her husband.
  • Born in Ohio, Sister Craven’s family joined the Church in Texas in January 1964 when she was 5 years old. Her young women years were spent in Kansas, Missouri and England.
  • She was introduced to interior design as a young woman and knew from that point on she wanted to study the subject in college. She graduated with a degree in interior design from Brigham Young University.

Recently on social:

  • In January, Sister Craven shared how she received a visit from her new ministering sister, Christie, who came by with a plant for her.

“My heart melted!” Sister Craven wrote. “How could she have known that her efforts would mean so much to me on that particular day? … It doesn't matter where we live, or what our circumstances may be, we are united ‘as sisters in Zion’ as we work together in furthering the work of salvation.”

Within days of the announcement that visiting teaching was being replaced with ministering, I received a visit from my…

Posted by Becky Craven on Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • On Facebook, Sister Craven reflected on an experience she had with her family in Africa doing humanitarian work. She talked about how eye opening it was to ease the hardships of others and support them in their trials.

While doing humanitarian work in a small African village several years ago, our family met the most loving people, all…

Posted by Becky Craven on Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • In 2018, Sister Craven had the opportunity to revisit Missouri, where she spent most of her teenage years. Although the Church in the area was small at the time, she said that it shaped who she is today and increased her testimony in Jesus Christ and in the Book of Mormon.

My connection with Missouri goes beyond my appreciation for all the Church history events that took place in that area….

Posted by Becky Craven on Saturday, November 10, 2018