Women are a necessary part of the plan of happiness, and that plan cannot operate without them. Women participate in the work of salvation, which includes member missionary work, convert retention, activation of less-active members, temple and family history work, teaching the gospel, and caring for the poor and needy. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, every woman in the Church is given the responsibility to know and defend the divine roles of women, which include that of wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. They stand strong and immovable in faith, in family, and in relief. Women participate in councils that oversee congregational activities throughout the world. They also have, by divine nature, the greater gift and responsibility for home and children and nurturing there and in other settings.
Daughters in My Kingdom
Women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints belong to and serve as leaders in the Relief Society. Women also serve and lead the Young Women organization for girls ages 12 to 18 years old and the Primary organization for all children ages 18 months to 11 years. Women also teach in the Sunday School. Women are given the opportunity to pray in the meetings of the Church and also speak in meetings on the local and general level of the Church.
When women serve as the president of the Relief Society, Young Women, or Primary, they participate in council meetings and decisions that are made concerning the members of the Church in their unit.
It is my prayer and blessing that you will never forget that you are truly precious daughters in God’s kingdom.
Much of what we accomplish in the Church is due to the selfless service of women.
How thankful I am, how thankful we all must be, for the women in our lives.
From a devotional address given at Brigham Young University on 13 March 2001. More than ever we need women of faith, virtue, vision, and charity who can hear and who will respond to the voice of the Lord.
We must stand strong and immovable in faith, strong and immovable in family, and strong and immovable in relief.
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