General Women’s Conference
Sharon L Eubank, Turn on Your Light
“Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.
“Among the real heroines in the world who will come into the Church are women who are more concerned with being righteous than with being selfish. These real heroines have true humility, which places a higher value on integrity than on visibility.” (Spencer W. Kimball, “The Role of Righteous Women,” 103–4; emphasis added.)
“Being articulate means to clearly express how you feel about something and why.”
“Each of us needs to be better at articulating the reasons for our faith. How do you feel about Jesus Christ? Why do you stay in the Church? Why do you believe the Book of Mormon is scripture? Where do you get your peace? Why does it matter that the prophet has something to say in 2017? How do you know he is a real prophet? Use your voice and your power to articulate what you know and feel—on social media, in quiet conversations with your friends, when you’re chatting with your grandchildren. Tell them why you believe, what it feels like, if you ever doubted, how you got through it, and what Jesus Christ means to you.”
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye:and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
“There is an energy that comes from happiness and optimism that doesn’t just bless us—it builds everyone around us.”
26 Behold, I say unto you, go forth as I have commanded you; repent of all your sins; ask and ye shall receive; knock and it shall be opened unto you.
27 Behold, I will go before you and be your rearward; and I will be in your midst, and you shall not be confounded.
28 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, and I come quickly. Even so. Amen.
Neill F Marriott, Abide in God and Repairing the Breach
“We need to continually deepen our knowledge of and obedience to Heavenly Father. ”
“3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
34 Behold my Spirit is upon you, wherefore all thy words will I justify; and the mountains shall flee before you, and the rivers shall turn from their course; and thou shalt abide in me, and I in you; therefore walk with me.
“We must understand that God the Father directed His Son, Jesus Christ, to create the earth for our growth, that Heavenly Father gave His Son to pay the demands of justice for our salvation, and that the Father’s priesthood power and the Son’s true Church with the necessary ordinances were restored for our blessings.”
“It is now, with our mortal limitations, that the Father asks us to love when loving is most difficult, to serve when serving is inconvenient, to forgive when forgiving is soul stretching.”
“We want to be encircled in the arms of our Heavenly Father’s love and guidance, and so we put His will first and with a broken heart plead that Christ will pour streams of cleansing water into our pitcher. At first it may come drop by drop, but as we seek, ask, and obey, it will come abundantly. This living water will begin to fill us, and brimming with His love, we can tip the pitcher of our soul and share its contents with others who thirst for healing, hope, and belonging. As our inner pitcher becomes clean, our earthly relationships begin to heal.”
“Isaiah spoke of those who faithfully live the law of the fast and thus become for their own posterity a repairer of the breach. They are the ones who, Isaiah promises, will ‘build the old waste places.’ (ISaiah 58:12) In a similar way, the Savior repaired the breach, or distance, between us and Heavenly Father. He, through His great atoning sacrifice, opens the way for us to partake of God’s loving power, and then we are enabled to repair the ‘waste places’ in our personal lives. Healing emotional distance between each other will require our acceptance of God’s love, coupled with a sacrifice of our natural selfish and fearful tendencies.”
Joy D Jones, Value Beyond Measure
“She discovered her worth through divine principles. Her value as a daughter of God was revealed to her through the Holy Ghost.”
“Before I had the gospel in my life, I was always trying to prove to others that I was someone special. But when I learned the truth, that I am a daughter of God, I didn’t have to prove anything to anyone. I knew that I was special. … Don’t ever think that you are nothing.” (Renu Singh - India)
“When others asked [referring to her being diagnosed with cancer], “Why you, Taiana?” her response was, “Why not me?””
“God is your Father. He loves you. He and your mother in heaven value you beyond any measure. … You are unique. One of a kind, made of the eternal intelligence which gives you claim upon eternal life.” (Spencer W. Kimball, “Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, 105)
“Let me point out the need to differentiate between two critical words: worth and worthiness. They are not the same. Spiritual worth means to value ourselves the way Heavenly Father values us, not as the world values us. Our worth was determined before we ever came to this earth. “God’s love is infinite and it will endure forever.” (D. Todd Christofferson, “Abide in My Love,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 48.)
“...worthiness is achieved through obedience. If we sin, we are less worthy, but we are never worth less! We continue to repent and strive to be like Jesus with our worth intact.”
“The least, the most inferior spirit now upon the earth … is worth worlds.” (Brigham Young, “Remarks,” Deseret News, Mar. 6, 1861, 2)
“Thinking small about ourselves does not serve us well. Instead it holds us back. As we’ve often been taught, ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’ (Attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt) We can stop comparing our worst to someone else’s best. ‘Comparison is the thief of joy.’ (Attributed to Theodore Roosevelt.)”
45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.
“The Lord revealed this additional truth to the Prophet Joseph Smith: ‘He that receiveth of God, let him account it of God; and let him rejoice that he is accounted of God worthy to receive.’(Doctrine and Covenants 50:34) When we feel the Spirit, as this verse explains, we recognize that what we feel comes from our Heavenly Father. We acknowledge Him and praise Him for blessing us. We then rejoice that we are counted worthy to receive.”
10 Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;
11 For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.
“Sisters, let’s not be confused about who we are! While it is often easier to be spiritually passive than it is to put forth the spiritual effort to remember and embrace our divine identity, we cannot afford that indulgence in these latter days. ”
President Dieter F Uchtdorf, Three Sisters
“A long time ago in a distant land lived a family of three sisters.”
“The first sister saw herself as a victim—as someone who was acted upon.1It seemed like one thing after another kept happening to her that made her miserable. With this approach to life, she was giving others control over how she felt and behaved. When we do this, we are driven about by every wind of opinion—and in this day of ever-present social media, those winds blow at hurricane intensity.
“Dear sisters, why should you surrender your happiness to someone, or a group of someones, who cares very little about you or your happiness?”
“You have the spiritual DNA of God.”
“You are in His hands.
“Very good hands.
“And nothing anyone ever says about you can change that. Their words are meaningless compared to what God has said about you.”
“...each group [Democrat and Republican] thought of themselves as the ‘good guys’—fair, kind, and truthful. By contrast, they saw their rivals as the ‘bad guys’—uninformed, dishonest, even evil.”
“When someone opposes or disagrees with us, it’s tempting to assume that there must be something wrong with them.“
“Of course, we must always stand for what is right, and there are times when we must raise our voices for that cause. However, when we do so with anger or hate in our hearts—when we lash out at others to hurt, shame, or silence them—chances are we are not doing so in righteousness.”
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
“‘Yes,’ you might say, ‘I would be willing to love my enemies—if only they were willing to do the same.’
But that doesn’t really matter, does it? We are responsible for our own discipleship, and it has little—if anything—to do with the way others treat us.”
“So, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ, we will love our enemies.
“We will overcome anger or hate.”
As we strive to be followers of Christ, we may still have enemies, but we are to overcome anger and hate as we interact with our enemies.
”She lived joyfully not because her circumstances were joyful but because she was joyful.”
“Dear sisters, dear friends, if you find it difficult to hold fast to the iron rod and walk steadfastly toward salvation; if the laughter and ridicule of others who seem so confident cause you to waver; if you are troubled by unanswered questions or doctrines you don’t understand yet; if you feel saddened because of disappointments, I urge you to remember Lehi’s dream.”
“...when anyone tries to make you ashamed for partaking of the love of God, ignore them.”