Sisters Worldwide Gather for General Women’s Session of October 2015 Conference

Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News associate editor

  • 26 September 2015

The First Presidency greets members of the Young Women, Primary, and Relief Society general presidencies prior to the general women's session on September 26, 2015.  Photo by Kristin Murphy.

Thousands of Latter-day Saint women across the globe gathered Saturday, September 26, for the first session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A capacity congregation of 21,000 women and girls age eight and older filled the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City for the general women’s session.

The meeting was translated and sent to more than 7,400 Church buildings in 100 countries via television, radio, satellite, and Internet broadcasts.

Primary general president Rosemary M. Wixom speaks at the general women's session September 26, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Linda S. Reeves of the Relief Society general presidency speaks at the general women's session in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on September 26, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Sister Carol F. McConkie of the Young Women general presidency speaks at the general women's session in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on September 26, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency; Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president; Sister Linda S. Reeves of the Relief Society general presidency; and Sister Carol F. McConkie of the Young Women general presidency spoke during the session.

President Thomas S. Monson presided at the women’s session, which was conducted by Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president.

Members of Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary general presidencies and boards and other General Authorities also attended the session.

A Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society choir from southern Cache Valley, Utah, provided the music for the meeting. Abby Morgan  and Grace Teh offered the prayers.

“God has a plan for each one of us, and our individual purpose began long before we came to this earth,” said Sister Wixom. See news summary.
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Sister Reeves said, “Our bodies are sacred gifts from our Heavenly Father. They are personal temples.” See news summary.
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Sister McConkie asked women across the globe to “choose to serve a righteous cause as valiant emissaries of our Lord Jesus Christ.“ See news summary.
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President Uchtdorf taught LDS women that the pure love of Christ is “what makes us happy.” See news summary.
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President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency speaks at the general women's session in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on September 26, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Young Women general president Bonnie L. Oscarson conducts the general women's session in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on September 26, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson and his daughter, Ann Dibb, leave the general women's session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference held in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on September 26, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Claudia Bigler directs a combined Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society choir from stakes in southern Cache Valley, Utah, at the general women's session on September 26, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Two girls look at a waterfall at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, before the start of the general women's session September 26, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

LDS sisters ages eight and older arrive for the general women's session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference September 26, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

LDS sisters ages eight and older arrive for the general women's session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference September 26, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, President Henry B. Eyring, President Thomas S. Monson, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf attend the general women's session on September 26, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, President Thomas S. Monson, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf attend the general women's session September 26, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Young women arrive at the general women's session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church held in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on September 26, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

A combined Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society choir from stakes in southern Cache Valley, Utah, sings at the general women's session on September 26, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

The Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Young women pose by a waterfall at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, during the general women's session September 26, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.