General Women’s Session

General Women’s Session

From the Conference Center
at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, we bring you the
general women’s session of the 188th Semiannual
General Conference of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. Music for this
session is provided by a choir of young women from
stakes in the Pleasant Grove, Utah, area. Jean B. Bingham, Relief
Society General President, will conduct this session. Dear sisters, wherever
you are in the world and whatever your
age, our hearts are knit together in
a great sisterhood. We welcome you to this historic
general women’s session of the 188th Semiannual
General Conference of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are grateful to be gathered
in the Conference Center here in Salt Lake
City, Utah, and we know that there are similar
gatherings of sisters in meeting places
throughout the world. We likewise welcome
and acknowledge friends from other faiths
who may be joining us, and hope you enjoy
our time together. President Russell M.
Nelson has invited me to conduct this session. My name is Jean
Bingham, and I currently serve as Relief Society
General President. We are delighted to
have President Nelson and the other members of the
First Presidency in attendance this evening and look forward
to receiving counsel from them. We gratefully
acknowledge the presence of members of the Priesthood
and Family Executive Council, who serve with the sisters. Also seated on the
stand are those serving in the Primary, Young
Women, and Relief Society General Presidencies. We extend a warm welcome to
them and to the general board members of each organization,
many of whom are newly called. The music for this
session will be provided by a choir
of young women from stakes in the
Pleasant Grove, Utah, area under the direction
of Tracy Warby, with Bonnie Goodliffe
at the organ. The choir will open this
meeting by singing “Come, Ye Children of the Lord.” The invocation will then be
offered by Sister Memnet Lopez, who serves on the Relief Society
general board, after which the choir will sing
“This Is the Christ.” [MUSIC PLAYING – “COME, YE
Heaven, we thank Thee for enabling us to congregate
worldwide in unity as daughters in Thy kingdom. We invoke the outpouring
of Thy Spirit, that we might receive spiritual
nourishment with renewed conviction of righteousness. Magnify our desire to
not only receive but to act upon our individual,
personal revelation that will come to us. Bless us and those we
love that we would cleave unto our covenants with Thee. Remove our fear and doubt. Fortify our faith. Increase our trust
and hope in Thee and in Thy Son, that
we might move forward, empowered to face the
challenges in our lives. Bless those who are suffering
from natural disasters and conflicts and
those who mourn. Lift their spirits and speak
peace and hope to their souls, we pray, in the name
of Jesus Christ, amen. [MUSIC PLAYING – “THIS IS THE
CHRIST”] Thank you, choir, for
that beautiful music, sharing your testimonies
of the Savior through song. We will now be pleased to
hear from Sister Joy D. Jones, who serves as
Primary General President. She will be followed by Sister
Michelle Craig, First Counselor in the Young Women
General Presidency, and Sister Cristina
B. Franco, Second Counselor in the Primary
General Presidency. On this historic night,
I express my love and appreciation to each
of you, my dear sisters. Whatever our age,
location, or circumstance, we gather tonight in unity,
in strength, in purpose, and in testimony that we are
loved and led by our Heavenly Father; our Savior,
Jesus Christ; and our living prophet,
President Russell M. Nelson. As a young couple,
my husband and I were called by our bishop
to visit and minister to a family who hadn’t been
to church in many years. We willingly accepted
the assignment and went to their
home a few days later. It was immediately clear
to us that they did not want visitors from the Church. So on our next visit
we approached them with a plate of cookies,
confident that chocolate chips would melt their hearts. They didn’t. The couple spoke to us
through the screen door, making it even clearer
that we weren’t welcome. But as we drove
home, we were fairly certain success might
have been achieved had we only offered them
Rice Krispie treats instead. [LAUGHTER] Our lack of spiritual vision
made additional failed attempts frustrating. Rejection is never comfortable. Over time we began
to ask ourselves, “Why are we doing this? What is our purpose?” Elder Carl B. Cook
made this observation: “Serving in the Church … can
be challenging if we are asked to do something
that frightens us, if we grow weary of serving,
or if we are called to do something that we do not
initially find appealing.” We were experiencing the
truth of Elder Cook’s words when we decided we
had to seek direction from Someone with a greater
perspective than our own. So after much sincere
prayer and study, we received the answer to
the why of our service. We had a change
of understanding, a change of heart, actually
a revelatory experience. As we sought direction
from the scriptures, the Lord taught us how to make
the process of serving others easier and more meaningful. Here is the verse we read
that changed both our hearts and our approach: “Thou
shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all
thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of Jesus
Christ thou shalt serve him.” Though this verse
was so familiar, it seemed to speak to us
in a new and important way. We realized that
we were sincerely striving to serve
this family and we wanted to serve
our bishop, but we had to ask ourselves if
we were really serving out of love for the Lord. King Benjamin made
clear this distinction when he stated,
“Behold, I say unto you that because I said unto
you that I had spent my days in your service,
I do not desire to boast, for I have only been
in the service of God.” So whom was King
Benjamin really serving? Heavenly Father and the Savior. Knowing the who and the
why in serving others helps us understand that the
highest manifestation of love is devotion to God. As our focus gradually
changed, so did our prayers. We began looking
forward to our visits with this dear family because
of our love for the Lord. We were doing it for Him. He made the struggle
no longer a struggle. After many months of our
standing on the doorstep, the family began letting us in. Eventually, we had regular
prayer and sweet gospel discussions together. A long-lasting
friendship developed. We were worshipping and loving
Him by loving His children. Can you think back on a
time when you lovingly reached out with sincere
effort to help someone in need and felt that your
efforts went unnoticed or perhaps were unappreciated
or even unwanted? In that moment, did you question
the value of your service? If so, may the words
of King Benjamin replace your doubt
and even your hurt: “Ye are only in the
service of your God.” Rather than building
resentment, we can build, through service,
a more perfect relationship with our Heavenly Father. Our love for and
devotion to Him preempts the need for recognition
or appreciation and allows His love to
flow to and through us. Sometimes we may initially
serve from a sense of duty or obligation, but even that
service can lead us to draw on something higher within us,
leading us to serve in “a more excellent way”–as in
President Nelson’s invitation to “a newer, holier approach
to caring for and ministering to others.” When we focus on all
that God has done for us, our service flows from
a heart of gratitude. As we become less concerned
about our service magnifying us, we realize instead that
the focus of our service will be on putting God first. President M. Russell
Ballard taught, “It is only when we love God and Christ
with all of our hearts, souls, and minds that we
are able to share this love with our
neighbors through acts of kindness and service.” The first of the Ten
Commandments reiterates this divine wisdom: “I am
the Lord thy God. … Thou shalt have no
other gods before me.” The placement of this
commandment helps us understand that if we place Him
as our main priority, everything else will ultimately
fall into place–even our service to others. When He takes the preeminent
position in our lives by our deliberate
choice, then He is able to bless our
actions to our good and to the good of others. The Lord counseled, “Look
unto me in every thought.” And each week we covenant to do
just that–to “always remember Him.” Can such a godly focus
apply in everything we do? Can performing
even a menial task become an opportunity
to demonstrate our love and devotion to Him? I believe it can,
sisters, and will. We can make each item on
our to-do list become a way to glorify Him. We can see each task as a
privilege and opportunity to serve Him, even when we
are in the midst of deadlines, duties, or dirty diapers. As Ammon said, “Yea, I know that
I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I
will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my
God, for in his strength I can do all things.” When serving our God becomes
our main priority in life, we lose ourselves, and in due
course, we find ourselves. The Savior taught this principle
so simply and directly: “Therefore, let your light
so shine before this people, that they may see
your good works and glorify your Father
who is in heaven.” May I share with you
some words of wisdom that were found on the wall
of an orphanage in Calcutta, India: “If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. What you spend years
building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway. The good you do today, people
will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world
the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the world the
best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and your God … anyway.” Sisters, it is always
between us and the Lord. As President James
E. Faust said: “‘What is the greatest
need in the world?’ … ‘Is not the greatest need in all
of the world for every person to have a personal,
ongoing, daily, continuing relationship
with the Savior?’ Having such a relationship can
unchain the divinity within us, and nothing can make a greater
difference in our lives as we come to know
and understand our divine
relationship with God.” Similarly, Alma
explained to his son, “Yea, let all thy
doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest
let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be
directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy
heart be placed upon the Lord forever.” And President Russell M.
Nelson has likewise taught us, “When we comprehend His
voluntary Atonement, any sense of
sacrifice on our part becomes completely overshadowed
by a profound sense of gratitude for the
privilege of serving Him.” Sisters, I testify that when
Jesus Christ, through the power of His Atonement,
works on us and in us, He begins to work through
us to bless others. We serve them, but we do so
by loving and serving Him. We become what the
scripture describes: “Every man [and woman] seeking
the interest of his neighbor, and doing all things with an
eye single to the glory of God.” Maybe our bishop knew that
was the lesson my husband and I would learn from those
early and well-intentioned, yet not perfect,
efforts to minister to His beloved
sons and daughters. I bear my personal and sure
witness of the goodness and love He shares with us even
as we strive to serve for Him. In the sacred name of
Jesus Christ, amen. When I was in
elementary school, we walked home on a paved trail
that wound back and forth up the side of a hill. There was another
trail, unpaved, called the “boys’ trail.” The boys’ trail was a path in
the dirt that went straight up the hill. It was shorter but much steeper. As a young girl, I
knew I could walk up any trail the boys could. More important, I knew I was
living in the latter days and that I would need
to do hard things, as did the pioneers–and
I wanted to be prepared. So every now and then I would
lag behind my group of friends on the paved trail,
remove my shoes, and walk barefoot up the boys’ trail. I was trying to
toughen up my feet. As a young Primary
girl, that is what I thought I could do to prepare. Now I know differently! Rather than walking
barefoot up mountain trails, I know I can prepare my feet
to walk on the covenant path by responding to the
invitations of the Holy Ghost. For the Lord, through His
prophet, is calling each of us to live and care in a
“higher and holier way” and to “take a step higher.” These prophetic calls to action,
coupled with our innate sense that we can do and be more,
sometimes create within us what Elder Neal A. Maxwell
called “divine discontent.” Divine discontent comes
when we compare “what we are [to] what we have
the power to become.” Each of us, if we are
honest, feels a gap between where and
who we are and where and who we want to become. We yearn for greater
personal capacity. We have these
feelings because we are daughters and sons of God,
born with the Light of Christ yet living in a fallen world. These feelings are God-given
and create an urgency to act. We should welcome feelings
of divine discontent that call us to a higher way,
while recognizing and avoiding Satan’s counterfeit:
paralyzing discouragement. This is a precious
space into which Satan is all too eager to jump. We can choose to walk
the higher path that leads us to seek for God
and His peace and grace, or we can listen to Satan,
who bombards us with messages that we will never be enough:
rich enough, smart enough, beautiful enough,
anything enough. Our discontent can become
divine–or destructive. One way to tell
divine discontent from Satan’s counterfeit is that
divine discontent will lead us to faithful action. Divine discontent
is not an invitation to stay in our comfort zone,
nor will it lead us to despair. I have learned
that when I wallow in thoughts of everything I
am not, I do not progress, and I find it much
more difficult to feel and follow the Spirit. As a young man,
Joseph Smith became keenly aware of his shortcomings
and worried about “the welfare of [his] immortal soul.” In his words, “My mind became
exceedingly distressed, for I became convicted
of my sins, and … felt to mourn for my own sins
and for the sins of the world.” This led him to
“serious reflection and great uneasiness.” Does this sound familiar? Are you uneasy or distressed
by your shortcomings? Well, Joseph did something. He shared, “I often said to
myself: What is to be done?” Joseph acted in faith. He turned to the scriptures,
read the invitation in James 1:5, and
turned to God for help. The resulting vision
ushered in the Restoration. How grateful I am that
Joseph’s divine discontent, his period of unease
and confusion, spurred him to faithful action. The world often uses a
feeling of discontent as an excuse for
self-absorption, for turning our thoughts
inward and backward and dwelling individually
on who I am, who I am not, and what I want. Divine discontent
motivates us to follow the example of the Savior,
who “went about doing good.” As we walk the path
of discipleship, we will receive spiritual
nudges to reach out to others. A story I heard
years ago has helped me recognize and then act on
promptings from the Holy Ghost. Sister Bonnie Parkin, former
Relief Society General President, shared the following: “Susan … was a
wonderful seamstress. President Kimball
lived in [her] ward. One Sunday, Susan noticed
that he had a new suit. Her father had recently …
brought her some exquisite silk fabric. Susan thought that fabric
would make a handsome tie to go with President
Kimball’s new suit. So on Monday she made the tie. She wrapped it in tissue
paper and walked up the block to President Kimball’s home. “On her way to the
front door, she suddenly stopped and thought, ‘Who am I
to make a tie for the prophet? He probably has plenty of them.’ Deciding she had made a
mistake, she turned to leave. “Just then Sister Kimball
opened the front door and said, ‘Oh, Susan!’ “Stumbling all over
herself, Susan said, ‘I saw President Kimball
in his new suit on Sunday. Dad just brought me some
silk from New York … and so I made him a tie.’ “Before Susan could continue,
Sister Kimball stopped her, took hold of her
shoulders, and said: ‘Susan, never suppress
a generous thought.'” I love that! “Never suppress a
generous thought.” Sometimes when I
have an impression to do something for
someone, I wonder if it was a prompting
or just my own thoughts. But I am reminded
that “that which is of God inviteth and enticeth
to do good continually; wherefore, every
thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and
to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God.” Whether they are direct
promptings or just impulses to help, a good deed
is never wasted, for “charity never faileth”–and
is never the wrong response. Often the timing
is inconvenient, and we seldom know the impact
of our small acts of service. But every now and
then we will recognize that we have been instruments
in the hands of God, and we will be grateful to know
that the Holy Ghost working through us is a manifestation
of God’s approval. Sisters, you and I can
plead for the Holy Ghost to show us “all things
what [we] should do,” even when our to-do
list already looks full. When prompted, we
can leave dishes in the sink or an inbox full of
challenges demanding attention in order to read to a
child, visit with a friend, babysit a neighbor’s children,
or serve in the temple. Don’t get me wrong–I
am a list maker; I love checking things off. But peace comes in
knowing that being more does not necessarily
equate to doing more. Responding to
discontent by resolving to follow promptings changes
the way I think about “my time,” and I see people not
as interruptions but as the purpose of my life. Divine discontent
leads to humility, not to self-pity or the
discouragement that comes from making comparisons in
which we always come up short. Covenant-keeping women come
in all sizes and shapes; their families and life
experiences and circumstances vary. Of course, all of us will fall
short of our divine potential, and there is some truth
in the realization that alone we are not enough. But the good news of the gospel
is that with the grace of God, we are enough. With Christ’s help
we can do all things. The scriptures promise
that we will “find grace to help in time of need.” The surprising truth
is that our weaknesses can be a blessing
when they humble us and turn us to Christ. Discontent becomes
divine when we humbly approach Jesus
Christ with our want rather than hold
back in self-pity. In fact, Jesus’s
miracles often began with a recognition of want,
need, failure, or inadequacy. Remember the loaves and fishes? Each of the Gospel writers
tells how Jesus miraculously fed the thousands who followed Him. But the story begins with
the disciples’ recognition of their lack; they realize
they have only “five barley loaves, and
two small fishes: but what are they
among so many?” The disciples were right:
they didn’t have enough food. But they gave what
they had to Jesus, and then He provided
the miracle. Have you ever felt your
gifts and talents were too small for the task ahead? I have. But you and I can give
what we have to Christ, and He will multiply
our efforts. What you have to offer is
more than enough–even with your human frailties and
weaknesses–if you rely on the grace of God. The truth is that each one
of us is one generation away from Deity, a child of God. And just as He has done with
both prophets and ordinary men and women through the
ages, so Heavenly Father intends to transform us. C. S. Lewis explained God’s
transforming power this way: “Imagine yourself
as a living house. God comes in to
rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can
understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains
right and stopping the leaks in the
roof and so on; you knew that those
[things] needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking
the house about in a way that hurts abominably. … [You see,] He is building quite
a different house from the one you thought of. … You thought you were being made
into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and
live in it Himself.” Because of our Savior’s
atoning sacrifice, we can be made equal to
the tasks that lie ahead. The prophets have
taught that as we climb the path of
discipleship, we can be sanctified through
the grace of Christ. Divine discontent can
move us to act in faith, follow the Savior’s
invitations to do good, and give our lives
humbly to Him. In the name of
Jesus Christ, amen. After last general
conference, many people approached me with
the same question: “Are those chairs comfortable?” [LAUGHTER] My answer was the
same every time: “Those chairs are very
comfortable if you don’t have to speak.” [LAUGHTER] It’s true, right? My chair has not been as
comfortable this conference, but I am truly grateful
for the blessing and the honor of speaking
to you this evening. Sometimes as we serve, we get
to sit in different seats. Some are quite comfy and
some other ones are not, but we have promised
our Father in Heaven that we will serve Him
and others with love and do His will in all things. A few years ago, youth in the
Church learned that “when you ’embark in the service of God,’
you’re joining the greatest journey ever. You’re helping God
hasten His work, and it’s a great, joyful,
and marvelous experience.” It’s a journey available to
all–of any age–and is also a journey that takes us along
what our beloved prophet has spoken of as “the
covenant path.” Unfortunately, however,
we live in a selfish world where people constantly
ask, “What’s in it for me?” instead of asking,
“Whom can I help today?” or “How can I better serve
the Lord in my calling?” or “Am I giving my
all to the Lord?” A great example in my
life of unselfish service is Sister Victoria Antonietti. Victoria was one of the
Primary teachers in my branch while I was growing
up in Argentina. Each Tuesday afternoon when
we gathered for Primary, she brought us a chocolate cake. Everyone loved the cake–well,
everyone except me. I hated chocolate cake! And even though she would try
to share the cake with me, I always turned down her offer. One day after she had shared
the chocolate cake with the rest of the children, I asked
her, “Why don’t you bring a different flavor–like
orange or vanilla?” I know. After laughing a
little, she asked me, “Why don’t you try
a little piece? This cake is made with
a special ingredient, and I promise that if you
try it, you will like it!” I looked around,
and to my surprise, everyone seemed to
be enjoying the cake. So I agreed to give it a try. Can you guess what happened? I liked it! That was the very first time
I had enjoyed chocolate cake. It wasn’t until many years
later that I found out what the secret ingredient
was in Sister Antonietti’s chocolate cake. My children and I visited
my mother each week. On one of these
visits Mom and I were enjoying a slice
of chocolate cake, and I related to her how I came
to like the cake for the very first time. Then she enlightened me
with the rest of the story. “You see, Cris,” my mom said,
“Victoria and her family didn’t have a lot of
resources, and each week she had to choose between
paying for the bus to take her and her
four children to Primary or buying the ingredients
to make the chocolate cake for her Primary class. She always chose the
chocolate cake over the bus, and she and her children walked
more than two miles each way, regardless of the weather.” That day I had a
better appreciation for her chocolate cake. More important, I learned
that the secret ingredient in Victoria’s cake
was the love that she had for those she served
and her unselfish sacrifice in our behalf. Thinking back on
Victoria’s cake helps me remember an
unselfish sacrifice in the timeless lessons taught
by the Lord to His disciples as He walked toward the
treasury of the temple. You know the story. Elder James E. Talmage taught
that there were 13 chests, “and into these
[chests] the people dropped their contributions
for the [different] purposes indicated by [the]
inscriptions on the boxes.” Jesus watched the lines
of donors, made up of all different
types of people. Some gave their gifts with
“sincerity of purpose” while others cast in “great
sums of silver and gold,” hoping to be seen, noticed, and
praised for their donations. “Among the many was
a poor widow, who … dropped into one of the
treasure-chests two small bronze coins known as mites; her
contribution amounted to less than half a cent
in American money. The Lord called His
disciples about Him, directed their attention to the
poverty-stricken widow and her deed, and said:
‘Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast
more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
for all they did cast in of their abundance; but she
of her want did cast in all that she had, even
all [of] her living.'” The widow did not appear to
hold a noticeable position in the society of her time. She actually held
something more important: her intentions were pure, and
she gave all she had to give. Perhaps she gave
less than others, more quietly than others,
differently than others. In the eyes of some, what
she gave was insignificant, but in the eyes of the
Savior, the “discerner of … thoughts and intents of the
heart,” she gave her all. Sisters, are we giving
our all to the Lord without reservations? Are we sacrificing of
our time and talents so the rising generation
can learn to love the Lord and keep His commandments? Are we ministering both to those
around us and to those we are assigned with care and with
diligence–sacrificing time and energy that could
be used in other ways? Are we living the two great
commandments–to love God and to love His children? Often that love is
manifest as service. President Dallin H. Oaks
taught: “Our Savior gave Himself in unselfish service. He taught that each of
us should follow Him by denying ourselves
of selfish interests in order to serve others.” He continued: “A familiar example of losing
ourselves in the service of others … is the
sacrifice parents make for their children. Mothers suffer pain and
loss of personal priorities and comforts to bear
and rear each child. Fathers adjust their lives and
priorities to support a family. … “… We also rejoice in those
who care for disabled family members and aged parents. None of this service
asks, what’s in it for me? All of it requires setting
aside personal convenience for unselfish service. … “[And] all of this illustrates
the eternal principle that we are happier and more fulfilled
when we act and serve for what we give, not for what we get. “Our Savior teaches
us to follow Him by making the sacrifices
necessary to lose ourselves in unselfish service to others.” President Thomas S. Monson
likewise taught that “perhaps when we make face-to-face
contact with our Maker, we will not be asked, ‘How
many positions did you hold?’ but rather, ‘How many
people did you help?’ In reality, you can
never love the Lord until you serve Him by
serving His people.” In other words,
sisters, it will not matter if we sat
in the comfy seats or if we struggled to
get through the meeting on a rusty folding
chair in the back row. It won’t even matter if we, of
necessity, stepped into a foyer to comfort a crying baby. What will matter is that we
came with a desire to serve, that we noticed those to whom
we minister and greeted them joyfully, and that we introduced
ourselves to those sharing our row of folding
chairs–reaching out with friendship even though we aren’t
assigned to minister to them. And it will certainly
matter that we do all that we do with the special
ingredient of service coupled with love and sacrifice. I have come to know that we
don’t have to make a chocolate cake to be a successful and
dedicated Primary teacher, because it was not
about the cake. It was the love
behind the action. I testify that that love is made
sacred through sacrifice–the sacrifice of a teacher and
even more through the ultimate and eternal sacrifice
of the Son of God. I bear witness that He lives! I love Him and desire to put
away selfish desires in order to love and minister as He does. In the name of
Jesus Christ, amen. Thank you, dear sisters. The congregation will
now join the choir in singing “Now Let Us Rejoice.” After the singing, we
will be pleased to hear from President Henry B. Eyring,
Second Counselor in the First Presidency. He will be followed
by President Dallin H. Oaks, who serves as First
Counselor in the First Presidency. [MUSIC PLAYING – “NOW LET US
REJOICE”] My beloved sisters, it is
wonderful to meet with you. This is an exciting time in
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Lord is pouring
out knowledge on His Church as He
promised that He would. You remember what He said: “How
long can rolling waters remain impure? What power shall
stay the heavens? As well [man might]
stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river
in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream,
as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down
knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the
Latter-day Saints.” Part of the Lord’s current
sharing of knowledge relates to accelerating
His pouring out eternal truth on the heads and
into the hearts of His people. He has made clear that the
daughters of Heavenly Father will play a primary role in
that miraculous acceleration. One evidence of the miracle is
His leading His living prophet to put far greater emphasis on
gospel instruction in the home and within the family. Now, you might ask, “How does
that make faithful sisters a primary force to
help the Lord pour out knowledge on His Saints?” The Lord gives the answer
in the family proclamation to the world. You remember the words,
but you may see new meaning and recognize that the Lord
foresaw these exciting changes which are now occurring. In the proclamation, He
gave the sisters charge to be the principal gospel
educators in the family in these words:
“Mothers are primarily responsible for the
nurture of their children.” This includes the nurture of
gospel truth and knowledge. The proclamation,
of course, goes on: “Fathers and mothers
are obligated to help one another as equal partners.” They are equal partners,
equal in their potential for spiritual growth and
for acquiring knowledge, and so are unified by
helping each other. They are equal in their divine
destiny to be exalted together. In fact, men and women
cannot be exalted alone. Why, then, does a daughter
of God in a united and equal relationship receive the primary
responsibility to nourish with the most important nutrient
all must receive–a knowledge of truth coming from heaven? As nearly as I can see,
that has been the Lord’s way since families were
created in this world. For instance, it was Eve
who received the knowledge that Adam needed to partake
of the fruit of the tree of knowledge for them to keep
all of God’s commandments and to form a family. I do not know why it
came to Eve first, but Adam and Eve were perfectly
united when the knowledge was poured out on Adam. Another example of the
Lord’s using the nurturing gifts of women is the
way He strengthened the sons of Helaman. I get a lump in my throat
when I read the account and remember my own mother’s
quiet words of assurance as I left home for
military service. Helaman recorded: “They had been taught
by their mothers, that if they did not doubt,
God would deliver them. “And they rehearsed unto me
the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt
our mothers knew it.” While I do not know
all the Lord’s reasons for giving primary
responsibility for nurturing in the family to
faithful sisters, I believe it has to do
with your capacity to love. It takes great love to
feel the needs of someone else more than your own. That is the pure love of Christ
for the person you nurture. That feeling of charity
comes from the person chosen to be the
nurturer having qualified for the effects of the
Atonement of Jesus Christ. The motto of the Relief
Society, which my own mother exemplified, seems to me
inspired: “Charity Never Faileth.” As daughters of God, you have
an innate and great capacity to sense the needs of
others and to love. That in turn makes you more
susceptible to the whisperings of the Spirit. That Spirit can then guide
what you think, what you say, and what you do
to nurture people so the Lord may pour knowledge,
truth, and courage upon them. You sisters hearing
my voice tonight are each in a unique place
in your journey through life. Some are young girls in
a general women’s session for the first time. Some are young women preparing
to be the nurturers God would have them be. Some are newly married who
have not yet had children; others are young mothers
with one or more. Some are mothers of
teenagers and others with children in
the mission field. Some have children who have
become weakened in faith and are far from home. Some live alone with
no faithful companion. Some are grandmothers. Yet whatever your
personal circumstance, you are part–a key part–of the
family of God and of your own family, whether in the
future, in this world, or in the spirit world. Your trust from
God is to nurture as many of His and
your family members as you can with your love and
your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Your practical challenge
is to know whom to nurture and how and when. Well, you need the Lord’s help. He knows others’ hearts,
and He knows when they are ready to accept your nurturing. Your prayer of faith will
be your key to success. You can depend upon
receiving His guidance. He gave this encouragement: “Ask
the Father in my name in faith, believing that
you shall receive, and you shall have
the Holy Ghost, which [will manifest] all
things which are expedient.” In addition to prayer, serious
study of the scriptures will be part of your
growing power to nurture. Here is the promise:
“Neither take ye thought beforehand
what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds
continually the words of life, and it shall be given
you in the very hour that portion that shall
be meted unto every man.” So you will take
more time to pray, to ponder, and to meditate
on spiritual matters. You will have knowledge of
truth poured out upon you and grow in your power to
nurture others in your family. There will be
times when you feel that your progress in learning
how better to nurture is slow. It will take faith to endure. He sent you this encouragement: “Wherefore, be not
weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the
foundation of a great work. And out of small things
proceedeth that which is great. “Behold, the Lord requireth
the heart and a willing mind; and the willing
and obedient shall eat the good of the land of
Zion in these last days.” Your very presence
tonight is evidence that you are willing to
accept the Lord’s invitation to nurture others. That is true even for the
youngest here tonight. You can know whom to
nurture in your family. If you pray with real
intent, a name or a face will come to your mind. That could happen tonight. If you pray to know what
to do or what to say, you will feel an answer. Each time you obey, your
power to nurture will grow. You will be
preparing for the day when you will nurture
your own children. Mothers of teenagers
could pray to know how to nurture a son
or a daughter who seems unresponsive to your nurturing. You might ask to
know who could have the spiritual influence your
child needs and would accept. God hears and answers
such heartfelt prayers of worried mothers, and
so He sends them help. Also, a grandmother
here tonight may feel heartache caused by
the strains and difficulties of her children
and grandchildren. You might take
courage and direction from the experiences of
families in the scriptures. From the time of Eve and
Adam, through Father Israel, and on to every family
in the Book of Mormon, there is one sure
lesson about what to do about the sorrows
of unresponsive children: never stop loving. We have the encouraging
example of the Savior as He nourished the rebellious
spirit children of His Heavenly Father. Even when they and
we have caused pain, the Savior’s hand is
still outstretched. He spoke in 3 Nephi of His
spiritual sisters and brothers whom He had tried unsuccessfully
to nurture: “O ye people … who are of the house of Israel,
how oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her
chickens under her wings, and have nourished you.” For sisters in every
stage of life’s journey, in every family situation,
and across every culture, the Savior is your
perfect example of how you will play a
major part in His move to place greater emphasis on
gospel learning in the home and family. You will bring your
inherent feeling of charity into changes in activities
and practices in your family. That will bring greater
spiritual growth. When you pray with and
for family members, you will feel your and the
Savior’s love for them. That will become more and
more your spiritual gift as you seek it. Your family members will feel it
as you pray with greater faith. When the family gathers
to read scriptures aloud, you will already have read
them and prayed over them to prepare yourself. You will have found moments
to pray for the Spirit to enlighten your mind. Then, when it is
your turn to read, family members will feel your
love for God and for His word. They will be nurtured by
Him and by His Spirit. That same outpouring can
come in any family gathering if you pray and plan for it. It may take effort and time,
but it will bring miracles. I remember a lesson my mother
taught when I was little. I can still see in my
mind the colored map she had made of the travels
of the Apostle Paul. I wonder how she found the
time and energy to do that. And to this day I am
blessed by her love for that faithful Apostle as
I now serve among Apostles. You will each find
ways to contribute to the outpouring of truth upon
your families in the Lord’s restored Church. Each of you will pray,
study, and ponder to know what your unique
contribution will be. But this I know: each of you,
equally yoked with sons of God, will be a major part of a
miracle of gospel learning and living that will hasten
the gathering of Israel and will prepare God’s family
for the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the sacred name of
Jesus Christ, amen. My dear sisters, how
wonderful to have this new general conference
session of women of the Church eight years and older. We have heard inspiring messages
from the sister presidents and from President Eyring. President Eyring
and I love working under the direction of
President Russell M. Nelson, and we look forward to
his prophetic address. Children are our most precious
gift from God–our eternal increase. Yet we live in a
time when many women wish to have no
part in the bearing and nurturing of children. Many young adults delay
marriage until temporal needs are satisfied. The average age of
our Church members’ marriages has increased
by more than two years, and the number of births to
Church members is falling. The United States and
some other nations face a future of too few
children maturing into adults to support the number
of retiring adults. Over 40 percent of births
in the United States are to unwed mothers. Those children are vulnerable. Each of these trends
works against our Father’s divine plan of salvation. Latter-day Saint women
understand that being a mother is their highest priority,
their ultimate joy. President Gordon
B. Hinckley said: “Women for the most part see
their greatest fulfillment, their greatest happiness
in home and family. God planted within women
something divine that expresses itself in
quiet strength, in refinement, in peace, in
goodness, in virtue, in truth, in love. And all of these
remarkable qualities find their truest
and most satisfying expression in motherhood.” He continued: “The greatest
job that any woman will ever do will be in nurturing
and teaching and living and encouraging and rearing
her children in righteousness and truth. There is no other thing
that will compare with that, regardless of what she does.” Mothers, beloved sisters,
we love you for who you are and what you do for all of us. In his important 2015 address
titled “A Plea to My Sisters,” President Russell
M. Nelson said: “The kingdom of God is not
and cannot be complete without women who make sacred
covenants and then keep them, women who can speak with the
power and authority of God! “Today, … we need women who
know how to make important things happen by their faith
and who are courageous defenders of morality and families
in a sin-sick world. We need women who are devoted
to shepherding God’s children along the covenant
path toward exaltation; women who know how to receive
personal revelation, who understand the power and
peace of the temple endowment; women who know how to call
upon the powers of heaven to protect and
strengthen children and families; women
who teach fearlessly.” These inspired
teachings are all based on the “The Family: A
Proclamation to the World,” in which this restored
Church reaffirms doctrine and practices central
to the Creator’s plan before He created the earth. Now I address the younger
group of this audience. My dear young sisters,
because of your knowledge of the restored gospel of
Jesus Christ, you are unique. Your knowledge will enable
you to endure and overcome the difficulties of growing up. From a young age,
you have participated in projects and programs that
have developed your talents, such as writing,
speaking, and planning. You have learned
responsible behavior and how to resist temptations
to lie, cheat, steal, or use alcohol or drugs. Your uniqueness was
recognized in a University of North Carolina study of
American teens and religion. A Charlotte Observer
article had the title “Mormon teens cope best:
Study finds they top peers at handling adolescence.” This article concluded
that “Mormons fared best at avoiding risky behaviors,
doing well in school, and having a positive
attitude about the future.” One of the researchers
in the study, who interviewed
most of our youth, said, “Across almost every
category we looked at, there was a clear pattern:
Mormons were first.” Why do you cope best with the
difficulties of growing up? Young women, it is
because you understand our Heavenly Father’s
great plan of happiness. This tells you who you are
and the purpose of your life. Youth with that
understanding are first in problem-solving and
first in choosing the right. You know you can have the
Lord’s help in overcoming all the difficulties of growing up. Another reason why
you are most effective is that you understand that
you are children of a Heavenly Father who loves you. I am sure you are familiar
with our great hymn “Dearest Children, God Is near You.” Here is the first verse we
all have sung and believed: Dearest children,
God is near you, Watching o’er you day and night, And delights to
own and bless you, If you strive to
do what’s right. There are two teachings
in that verse: First, our Heavenly Father is
near us and watches over us day and night. Think of it! God loves us, He is near to
us, and He watches over us. Second, He delights
to bless us as we “strive to do what’s right.” What comfort in the midst of
our anxieties and difficulties! Yes, young women, you are
blessed, you are wonderful, but you are like all of
Heavenly Father’s children in your need to “strive
to do what’s right.” Here I could give you counsel
on many different things, but I have chosen to
speak of only two. My first counsel
concerns cell phones. A recent nationwide survey
found that over half of teens in the
United States said they spend too much time
on their cell phones. More than 40 percent
said they felt anxious when they were separated
from their cell phones. This was more common
among girls than boys. My young sisters–and adult
women too–it will bless your lives if you limit your
use of and dependence on cell phones. My second counsel is
even more important. Be kind to others. Kindness is something many of
our youth are doing already. Some groups of youth
in some communities have shown the
way for all of us. We have been inspired by our
young people’s acts of kindness to those in need
of love and help. In many ways you give that
help and show that love to one another. We wish all would
follow your example. At the same time, we know that
the adversary tempts all of us to be unkind, and there are
still many examples of this, even among children and youth. Persistent unkindness
is known by many names, such as bullying,
ganging up on someone, or joining together
to reject others. These examples
deliberately inflict pain on classmates or friends. My young sisters, it is
not pleasing to the Lord if we are cruel
or mean to others. Here is an example. I know of a young
man, a refugee here in Utah, who was teased
for being different, including sometimes speaking
his native language. He was persecuted by a
gang of privileged youth until he retaliated
in a way that caused him to be
jailed for over 70 days while being considered
for deportation. I don’t know what provoked this
group of youth, many of them Latter-day Saints
like you, but I can see the effect of their
meanness, a tragic experience and expense to one of
the children of God. Small actions of unkindness can
have devastating consequences. When I heard that
story, I compared it with what our prophet,
President Nelson, said in his recent
worldwide youth devotional. In asking you and
all other youth to assist in gathering
Israel, he said: “Stand out; be different from the world. You and I know that you are
to be a light to the world,” he said. “Therefore, the Lord needs
you to look like, sound like, act like, and dress like a
true disciple of Jesus Christ.” The youth battalion President
Nelson invited you to join will not be mean to one another. They will follow the
Savior’s teaching to reach out and be loving and
considerate of others, even to turn the other cheek when
we feel someone has wronged us. In a general conference address
about the time many of you were born, President
Gordon B. Hinckley praised “beautiful
young women who are striving to live the gospel.” He described them just as
I feel to describe you: “They are generous
toward one another. They seek to
strengthen one another. They are a credit
to their parents and the homes from
which they come. They are approaching
womanhood and will carry throughout
their lives the ideals which presently motivate them.” As a servant of the Lord,
I say to you young women, our world needs your
goodness and love. Be kind to one another. Jesus taught us to
love one another and to treat others as
we want to be treated. As we strive to be kind, we draw
closer to Him and His loving influence. My dear sisters, if you
participate in any meanness or pettiness–individually
or with a group–resolve now to change and encourage
others to change. That is my counsel,
and I give it to you as a servant of
the Lord Jesus Christ because His Spirit
has prompted me to speak to you about
this important subject. I testify of Jesus
Christ, our Savior, who taught us to love one
another as He loved us. I pray that we will do so, in
the name of Jesus Christ, amen. Dear sisters, we express
our sincere appreciation to each of you for sharing
this evening with us. We thank the choir and all
others for their participation and gratefully
acknowledge those who have assisted in preparing
for this meeting in any way. The concluding speaker
for this session will be our beloved prophet,
President Russell M. Nelson. Following President
Nelson’s remarks, the choir will
close this meeting by singing “We’ll Bring
the World His Truth.” The benediction
will then be offered by Sister Jennefer
Free, who serves on the Primary general board. It is wonderful to be with you,
my dear and precious sisters. Perhaps a recent experience
will give you a glimpse into how I feel about you. Your supernal abilities separate
you from the rest of the world. You are endowed with such
extraordinary capacity. Well, by way of confession, I’ll
say that one day while I was speaking to a congregation
in South America, I became exceedingly
excited about my topic, and at a pivotal moment I said,
“As the mother of 10 children, I can tell you that …” [LAUGHTER] And then I went on to
complete my message. I did not realize I had
said the word mother. My translator, assuming
I had misspoken, changed the word
mother to father, so the congregation
never knew that I had referred to myself as mother. But my wife Wendy
heard it, and she was delighted with
my Freudian slip. [LAUGHTER] In that moment, the deep
longing of my heart to make a difference in the world–like
only a mother does–bubbled up from my heart. Through the years,
whenever I have been asked why I chose to
become a medical doctor, my answer was always the
same: “Because I could not choose to be a mother.” [LAUGHTER] Please note that any time
I use the word mother, I am not only
talking about women who have given birth or
adopted children in this life. I am speaking about all of
our Heavenly Parents’ adult daughters. Every woman is a mother by
virtue of her eternal divine destiny. So tonight, as the father of
10 children–nine daughters and one son–and as
President of the Church, I pray that you will sense how
deeply I feel about you–about who you are and all
the good you can do. No one else can do what
a righteous woman can do. No one can duplicate the
influence of a mother. Men can and often do communicate
the love of Heavenly Father and the Savior to others. But women have a special gift
for it–a divine endowment. You have the capacity to sense
what someone needs–and when they need it. You can reach out, comfort,
teach, and strengthen someone in his or her very
moment of need. Women see things differently
than men do, and oh, how we need your perspective! Your nature leads you to
think of others first, to consider the effect
that any course of action will have on others. As President Eyring pointed
out, it was our glorious Mother Eve–with her far-reaching
vision of our Heavenly Father’s plan–who initiated
what we call “the Fall.” Her wise and courageous choice
and Adam’s supporting decision moved God’s plan of
happiness forward. They made it possible for
each of us to come to earth, to receive a body
and prove that we would choose to stand
up for Jesus Christ now, just as we did premortally. My dear sisters, you have
special spiritual gifts and propensities. Tonight I urge you, with
all the hope of my heart, to pray to understand your
spiritual gifts–to cultivate, use, and expand them even
more than you ever have. You will change the
world as you do so. As women, you inspire
others and set a standard worthy of emulation. Let me give you a
little background on two of the major
announcements made at our last general conference. You, my dear sisters,
were key to each. First, ministering. The supreme standard
for ministering is that of our
Savior, Jesus Christ. Generally women
are, and always have been, closer to that
standard than men. When you are truly ministering,
you follow your feelings to help someone else experience
more of the Savior’s love. The inclination to minister is
inherent in righteous women. I know women who pray every
day, “Whom wouldst Thou have me help today?” Before the April
2018 announcement about the higher and holier
way of caring for others, the tendency of some men was to
check off their home teaching assignment as “done” and
move on to the next task. But when you sensed that
a sister you were visiting teaching needed help, you
responded immediately and then throughout the month. Thus, it was how
you visit taught that inspired our upward
shift to ministering. Second, in the last
general conference we also restructured
Melchizedek Priesthood quorums. When we wrestled with how to
help the men of the Church be more effective in
their responsibilities, we carefully considered the
example of the Relief Society. In Relief Society, women in
various ages and stages of life meet together. Each decade of life
brings unique challenges, and yet there you
were, week after week, mingling together, growing and
teaching the gospel together, and making a real
difference in the world. Now, following your example,
Melchizedek Priesthood bearers are members of
the elders quorum. These men range in age from 18
to 98–maybe more–with equally wide-ranging priesthood
and Church experiences. These brethren can now create
stronger fraternal linkages, learn together, and bless
others more effectively. Remember last June,
Sister Nelson and I spoke to the youth
of the Church. We invited them to enlist in
the Lord’s youth battalion to help gather Israel on
both sides of the veil. This gathering is the greatest
challenge and the greatest cause and the greatest
work on earth today! It is a cause that
desperately needs women because women shape the future. So tonight I’m extending
a prophetic plea to you, the women of the Church,
to shape the future by helping to gather scattered Israel. Where can you start? May I offer four invitations: First, I invite
you to participate in a 10-day fast
from social media and from any other
media that bring negative and impure
thoughts to your mind. Pray to know which influences
to remove during your fast. The effect of your 10-day
fast may surprise you. What do you notice
after taking a break from perspectives
of the world that have been wounding your spirit? Is there a change in
where you now want to spend your time and energy? Have any of your priorities
shifted–just a little? I urge you to record and follow
through with each impression. Second, I invite you to read
the Book of Mormon between now and the end of the year. As impossible as that
may seem with all you are trying to
manage in your life, if you will accept
this invitation with full purpose
of heart, the Lord will help you find
a way to achieve it. And as you prayerfully study,
I promise that the heavens will open for you. The Lord will bless you
with increased inspiration and revelation. As you read, I
would encourage you to mark each verse that speaks
of or refers to the Savior. Then be intentional
about talking of Christ, rejoicing in Christ,
and preaching of Christ with your families and friends. You and they will be
drawn closer to the Savior through this process. And changes, even miracles,
will begin to happen. This morning the
announcement was made regarding the
new Sunday schedule and home-centered,
Church-supported curriculum. As has been taught here
tonight, you, my dear sisters, are a key to the success of this
new, balanced, and coordinated gospel-teaching effort. Please teach those whom
you love what you are learning from the scriptures. Teach them how to turn to
the Savior for His healing and cleansing power
when they sin. And teach them how to draw
upon His strengthening power every day of their lives. Third, establish a pattern
of regular temple attendance. This may require a little
more sacrifice in your life. More regular time
in the temple will allow the Lord to
teach you how to draw upon His priesthood
power with which you have been endowed in His temple. For those of you who
don’t live near a temple, I invite you to
study prayerfully about temples in the scriptures
and in the words of living prophets. Seek to know more,
to understand more, to feel more about temples
than you ever have before. In our worldwide
youth devotional last June, I spoke
about a young man whose life changed when
his parents exchanged his smartphone for a flip phone. This young man’s mother is
a fearless woman of faith. [LAUGHTER] She saw her son drifting toward
choices that could prevent him from serving a mission. She took her pleadings
to the temple to know how best
to help her son. Then she followed through
with every impression. She said: “I felt
the Spirit guiding me to check my son’s
phone at specific times to catch specific things. I don’t know how to
navigate these smartphones, but the Spirit guided me
through all the social media that I don’t even use! I know the Spirit
helps parents who are seeking guidance to
protect their children. [At first] my son was
furious with me. … But after only three
days, he thanked me! He could feel the difference.” Her son’s behavior and
attitudes changed dramatically. He became more helpful
at home, smiled more, and was more
attentive at church. He loved serving for a
time in a temple baptistry and preparing for his mission. My fourth invitation,
for you who are of age, is to participate fully
in Relief Society. I urge you to study the
current Relief Society purpose statement. It is inspiring. It may guide you in
developing your own purpose statement for your own life. I also entreat you
to savor the truths in the Relief Society
declaration published almost 20 years ago. A framed copy of
this declaration hangs on the wall in the
office of the First Presidency. I am thrilled every
time I read it. It describes who you are
and who the Lord needs you to be at this precise time
as you do your part to help gather scattered Israel. My dear sisters, we need you! We “need your strength, your
conversion, your conviction, your ability to lead, your
wisdom, and your voices.” We simply cannot gather
Israel without you. I love you and thank
you and now bless you with the ability to
leave the world behind as you assist in this
crucial and urgent work. Together we can do all that
our Heavenly Father needs us to do to prepare the
world for the Second Coming of His Beloved Son. Jesus is the Christ. This is His Church. Of this I testify in the
name of Jesus Christ, amen. [MUSIC PLAYING – “WE’LL BRING
THE WORLD HIS TRUTH”] Our dear Heavenly
Father, we are so very thankful to be gathered
together as Thy daughters throughout the world,
unified in our desire to understand Thy plan for us. Heavenly Father, we
are thankful to be able to have heard from our
priesthood and sister leaders in the Church. We’re grateful
for their messages and for the spirit that we
have felt and for the things we have learned
and we were taught. Heavenly Father, we know that
Thy Son leads this Church and does so through
a living prophet. We are so thankful to
know and understand the blessing of having
a living prophet today, and we’re thankful for
President Nelson and pray that we will be able to have the
courage and strength and desire to implement the counsel
that we have received. Heavenly Father, we
desire to continue on the covenant
path, which we know leads us closer to Thy Son. We pray that Thou would help us. Would Thou elevate our thoughts,
our desires, and our actions, that we may always be worthy to
have His Spirit to be with us? At this time, at the
conclusion of this session, we pray, Heavenly Father, that
as we return to our homes, that we will be able to
be prepared to strengthen our families, to strengthen
our wards, our neighborhoods, and our communities as we
love and serve and take care of one another. For our many blessings, Heavenly
Father, we are so thankful. We love Thee, we love Thy Son,
and we ask for Thy blessings to continue with us and
all of those that we love, and do so in the name of
Thy Son, Jesus Christ, amen.

23 Replies to “General Women’s Session”

  1. I'm looking forward to the pouring down of knowledge from heaven. Thank you President Etring for teaching us tonight.

  2. often ….in today's world we will meet with other children of GOD….or not but what shall we do when conflict seems an overwhelming bear …well what would he do should be on our thought an easier way simple but of a truth no one could possibly ever fail if they give just four simple words love…because as you meet your fellow brothers or sisters you your self have no idea what kind of day or week month or even in extreme circumstance year that they might of suffer'd …don't therefore make it worse offer the best sort of medicine that you could administer LOVE …nothing would be wrong in that as you will see that the person you give to as been longing for some one who cared or even bothered to except them in an often sometimes lonely world …and the best thing it didn't cost you anything .an example and in some way an act of love speaking of the legion who had taken over a mans soul …they asked him not to send them to the abyss ..Christ knew there very fret in there fear …so he helped them by indeed by sending them in too the souls of swine instead …therefore showing them who was within who saw just one power that he indeed provide d mercy and love ..we must therefore show no different .

  3. I thank, not only our HEAVENLY FATHER, but especially our HEAVENLY MOTHER too, for the (restoration,) of the TRUE CHURCH, back on earth, for the (salvation) of all human beings.

  4. Much is expected of us but we must remember God sees our divine potential. Though hard, we must trust Him -after all, He is God. After all, He loves us infinitely and it's all part of the plan. After all, we are enough… "if we rely on the Grace of God."
    "Heavenly Father intends to transform us… He is building us a palace, He intends to come and live in it Himself."😊 Hold fast sisters.❀

  5. It's because you people have an agenda for your own, personal exhalation, not because you know actual truth or care. That's why people avoid you when you attempt to convert/redirect them.

  6. I have received personal revelation since a child of the truth that God leads His church through his Prophets in each dispensation of time. Worthy is the Lamb! This is the very sacred message of the Cross! GOOD NEWS! (Truth in a nutshell) Through the Power of the Atoning Grace of Jesus Christ, "ALL" people will be resurrected and saved from physical DEATH.The eternal glory we receive will depend on our faithfulness.Through the grace of God, all can be saved from their sins (see 2 Nephi @; Helaman @-11) as they repent and faithfully follow Jesus.

  7. What most of dont know is that Satan will attack you for moving away from false teachings and knowing the truth.
    The devil disguises I'm self as an angel of light and if he can trick you to believing he is God then all the better for him. He's not stupid. If you are comfortable with false teaching he won't attack you.

  8. It's time for you to shine! We need to see women who love to be women, love men, love motherhood, and love the divine family model.

  9. What the president said about social media is very true. I gave up using Facebook last year and I don't miss it one bit. I found it affected my depression.
    Also when we are on Facebook all the time, we are worshipping something more than God!

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