Quotes and Stories from the Doctrine and Covenants

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“As the Lord began restoring His Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith, He again included women in a pattern of discipleship. A few months after the Church was formally organized, the Lord revealed that Emma Smith was to be set apart as a leader and teacher in the Church and as an official helper to her husband, the Prophet. In her calling to help the Lord build His kingdom, she was given instructions about how to increase her faith and personal righteousness, how to strengthen her family and her home, and how to serve others.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
What I Hope My Granddaughters (and Grandsons) Understand about Relief Society,” October 2011 General Conference

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“I like exclamation marks! I use them often when writing notes to myself and to others. It is a way to show enthusiasm and commitment. One of my favorite scriptures is punctuated with an exclamation mark:

” ‘Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness!’ There are 14 more exclamation marks in the rest of the verse and the next four verses that follow. They read in part:

” ‘A voice of mercy from heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth … a voice of … glad tidings of great joy. …

” ‘… Glorious is the voice we hear from heaven, proclaiming in our ears, glory, and salvation … !’—with an exclamation mark.

“We can hear a voice of gladness that brings exclamations of hope and joy into our lives. The joy of our testimonies of the Savior can punctuate every aspect of our lives as we seek to come unto Christ.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
Living Happily Ever After,” April 2000 General Conference

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“I love the sisters of the Church, and I think I would like to relate a little from that wonderful priesthood section of the eighty-fourth section of the Doctrine and Covenants. It also says the body has need of every member, that all may be edified together and that the system may be perfect. In a way similar to the words of Paul, the members of the Lord’s Church today have been asked to have the same care one for another that they have for themselves.”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
I Love the Sisters of the Church,” April 1984 General Conference

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