Thousands of women throughout the world who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints watched the semi-annual Women's Broadcast Sept. 23 live from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Members of the presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary spoke to their members who were listening in 80 different languages via satellite. Those who delivered messages of hope and encouragement to those they mentor were First Councilor in the Relief Society, Sharon Eubank; Second Councilor in the Young Women's Presidency, Neill Marriott; and Primary President, Joy D. Jones. The Second Councilor in the Church Presidency, Deiter F. Uchtdorf, concluded the program and spoke of having a positive attitude, being happy and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Of special interest to those attending from local congregations was a telling of the story of the beach rescue in Panama City by 80 tourists who linked arms to rescue swimmers caught in a riptide. Another touching tale was about a teenage girl from Utah who was dreading their family's move to Baton Rouge when she got a picture of the Young Women there with the message, "I hope you join our ward!" Their warm greeting made her feel welcome.
Attending from Fort Walton Beach were Ashley Davis and her daughter, Annie. Annie was thrilled to see her Grandma Davis on TV as she sang in the Relief Society Choir, which was formed from the Park City, Utah, area.
"I am so grateful for the wonderful messages we were able to hear about loving and serving others and being a light to the world," Ashley said.
Also attending from Fort Walton Beach was Kaja Lyn Anderson and her daughter, Lynise, who recently moved here from Montana.