Women Church Leaders Visit Southeastern United States

Contributed By Tracie Cayford Cudworth, Church News contributor

  • 26 September 2014

Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Church’s Young Women general presidency, talks with young women during a visit to the southeastern United States.

Members of the Church’s Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary general presidencies met with local Church leaders in the southeastern area of the United States September 11–14.

Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president, and Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, visited congregations in South Carolina and Georgia, where they attended meetings with five different congregations and held a couple of evening devotionals in Atlanta.

Sister Burton encouraged the local leaders to minister in small and simple ways. “Can you think of a time when your life has been touched by someone who did a small and simple thing?” she asked.

Sister Wixom told the men and women that Primary is where children should feel secure and included, and she urged them to teach the messages of the Primary songs. “It’s the songs that will stick with us,” she added.

Sister McConkie encouraged the leaders to use the online tools to teach the youth, and she invited the men and women to participate in the Church’s social media efforts by using the #sharegoodness hashtag made popular by Elder David A. Bednar’s recent talk.

“It truly is edifying to just be together and to feel the Spirit of the Lord together,” concluded Sister McConkie.

Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Church’s Young Women general presidency, hugs a young woman. Photo courtesy of David Winters.

Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Church’s Young Women general presidency, poses for a selfie with youth in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 13.

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president.

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom and Sister Carol F. McConkie.