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April 2017

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General Women's Session

Bonnie H. CordonTrust in the Lord and Lean Not

Bonnie H. Cordon
Second Counselor in the Primary General Presidency
 

In Proverbs 3:5–6, we read this counsel:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” …

… When we spiritually lean to our own understanding, we lean away from our Savior. If we lean, we are not centered; we are not balanced; we are not focused on Christ. …

We must each ask: How do I keep centered and lean not to my own understanding? How do I recognize the voice of the Savior when the voices of the world are so compelling? How do I cultivate trust in the Savior?

May I suggest three ways to increase our knowledge of and trust in the Savior. …

First, we can come to know the Lord and trust Him as we “feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do” [2 Nephi 32:3]. …

Second, we can come to know the Lord and trust Him through prayer. …

Third, we can come to know the Lord and trust Him as we serve others. …

… If we trust in our Heavenly Father and in our Savior and lean not to our own understanding, They will direct our paths and will extend the arm of mercy toward us.

Full Address

Carole M. StephensThe Beauty of Holiness

Carol F. McConkie
First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency
 

I see the beauty of holiness in sisters whose hearts are centered on all that is good, who want to become more like the Savior. They offer their whole souls, heart, might, mind, and strength to the Lord in the way that they live every day [see D&C 20:31–34]. Holiness is in the striving and the struggle to keep the commandments and to honor the covenants we have made with God. Holiness is making the choices that will keep the Holy Ghost as our guide [see D&C 45:57]. Holiness is setting aside our natural tendencies and becoming “a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord” [Mosiah 3:19]. …

… Most often it is the sacrifices we make to keep our covenants that sanctify us and make us holy. …

Holiness is a gift of the Spirit. We accept this gift when we choose to do those things that will increase the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost in our lives. …

… The Son of God rose from the grave, that we may all overcome death. He is the one who will stand to judge the world in righteousness. He is the one who will redeem us all. He is the Holy One of Israel. Jesus Christ is the beauty of holiness.

Full Address

Linda K. BurtonCertain Women

Linda K. Burton
Relief Society General President
 

Our sisters across the ages have demonstrated the faithful pattern of discipleship we too strive for. “The New Testament includes accounts of [certain] women, named and unnamed, who exercised faith in Jesus Christ [and in His Atonement], learned and lived His teachings, and testified of His ministry, miracles, and majesty. These women became exemplary disciples and important witnesses in the work of salvation” [Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society (2011), 3]. …

Certain women in the early days of the Restoration did the same. Drusilla Hendricks and her family were among those who, as new converts, suffered during the persecution of the Saints in Clay County, Missouri. Her husband was permanently paralyzed during the Battle of Crooked River. She was left to care for him as well as provide for her family. …

When her son was needed to volunteer for the Mormon Battalion, at first Drusilla resisted and wrestled in prayer with the Lord until “it was as though a voice said to her, ‘Do you not want the highest glory?’ She answered naturally, ‘Yes,’ and the voice continued, ‘How do you think to gain it save by making the greatest sacrifices?’” [At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women (2017), 51–52]. …

… When we have become distracted, doubtful, discouraged, sinful, sorrowful, or soul-stretched, may we accept the Lord’s invitation to drink of His living water, as did the certain woman at the well, inviting others to do the same as we also bear our own certain witness: “Is not this the Christ?”

Full Address

President Henry B. Eyring

“My Peace I Leave with You”

President Henry B. Eyring
First Counselor in the First Presidency
 

We have felt peace tonight. All of us would like to feel such peace often within ourselves, in our families, and with the people around us. The Lord promised peace to His disciples as He was about to leave them. He has made the same promise to us. …

You will at times have your faith challenged by Satan; it happens to all disciples of Jesus Christ. Your defense against these attacks is to keep the Holy Ghost as your companion. The Spirit will speak peace to your soul. He will urge you forward in faith. He will bring back the memory of those times when you felt the light and the love of Jesus Christ. …

Your power to do good as a group of God’s daughters will depend, to a great degree, on the unity and love that exist among you. This is another gift of peace that comes through the Holy Ghost. …

The unity we seek in our families and in the Church will come as we allow the Holy Ghost to affect what we see when we look at one another—and even when we think of each other. The Spirit sees with the pure love of Christ. …

Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost will have a sanctifying and purifying effect on your spirit. You will feel the peace the Savior promised to leave with His disciples.

Full Address