Women take part in LDS World Conference
As part of the 186th World Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the women of the Church had their own section where the leadership spoke.
All women, including daughters 8 and older, were informed and edified by Jean B. Bingham, the first counselor in the Primary General Presidency; Carole M. Stephens, first counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency; Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General president; and President Dieter F. Uchdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency.
Bingham stressed the importance of bringing the light of the gospel into our homes, schools and workplaces and look for ways to share positive things about others, and let the less-than-perfect fade away.
"I bear my witness if we follow His perfect example, we can receive the gift of charity, which will bring us great joy in life and the promised blessing of eternal life with our Father in Heaven," she said.
In Stephens' talk, she emphasized the importance of turning to the One who can provide everlasting help. She testified that you don't have to carry the burden of sorrow caused by sin alone. You don't have to carry the pain caused by others alone.
In Oscarson's talk, "Rise Up in Strength, Sisters in Zion," she listed three ways to build strong testimonies. We need to acknowledge the centrality of God our Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ as our faith and salvation. Second, we need to understand the need for the restoration of the doctrine, organization and authority in these latter days. And third, we need to study and understand temple ordinances and covenants.
"I pray that we may all see our true potential to rise up to become the women of faith our Father in Heaven needs us to be," she said.
Uchdorf was the concluding speaker with an inspirational story about "tracting" missionaries in Germany many years ago. He relates how they were so faithful that they knocked on every door of the four-story building until the last door where they were admitted. The family joined the Church and he married the daughter. His message was one of faith to trust in the Lord and do his will, even if it goes against your plans. In our search for enduring faith, in our quest to connect with God and His purposes, let us remember the Lord's promise, "Knock, and it shall be opened unto you." (Matthew 7:7)
"Sisters, don't give up," Uchdorf said. "Seek God with all your heart. Exercise faith. Walk in righteousness. God's reward is not usually behind the first door. So we need to keep knocking, even until the 'fourth floor, last door.'"
Libby McSheehy is a member of the Sandestin Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.