Nine Simple Truths

The righteous lives of the converted, covenant-keeping women of the Church “stand out in a deteriorating world.” Here are nine simple truths some of our women leaders taught during general conference about becoming better disciples of Jesus Christ. How will you use their words to guide your journey of discipleship? 

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1. Keep the commandments

God’s commandments are a manifestation of His love for us, and obedience to His commandments is an expression of our love for Him. —Carole M. Stephens 

2. Trust God

Trust in His eternal plan for you. Each of us is “a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents.” —Carole M. Stephens

3. Yield to God’s will

It is having the humility to fall on our knees and say, “O my Father, … not as I will, but as thou wilt.” —Carol F. McConkie

4. Know your divine nature

Even with all of the mistakes, opposition, and learning that accompany our mortal experience, God never loses sight of our eternal potential, even when we do. —Carole M. Stephens

5. Discover your purpose

Elaine Cannon, a former Young Women general president, said, “There are two important days in a woman’s life: The day she is born and the day she finds out why.” —Rosemary M. Wixom

6. Stay worthy

To shine with the beauty of holiness, to stand with the Savior, and to bless others, we must be clean. Purity is possible through the grace of Christ as we deny ungodliness and choose to love God with might, mind, and strength. —Carol F. McConkie

7. Be willing to repent and change

When we are yielded and still, our minds can be directed to something more we may need to change—something that is limiting our capacity to receive spiritual guidance or even healing and help. —Neill F. Marriott

8. Look forward with faith

A vision of our Father’s incredible promised blessings must be the central focus before our eyes every day—as well as an awareness “of the multitude of his tender mercies” that we experience on a daily basis. —Linda S. Reeves

9. Press forward

No matter where we are on our path of discipleship, we can press forward, knowing that “if we earnestly appeal to God, He takes us as we are—and makes us more than we ever imagined.” —Neill F. Marriott