“She has asked you to pray in faith to know what the Lord would have you do in your circumstances. And then she spoke of the promise of the sweet comfort the Lord Himself gave to the woman who was criticized for having anointed His head with expensive oil when it might have been sold to help the poor. (Mark 14:6-9).”
“Now, sisters, let’s not start beating ourselves up because the Savior spoke to the rich young man about becoming perfect. The word perfect in this account was translated from a Greek word that means ‘complete.’ As we try our best to move forward along the covenant path, we become more complete and perfect in this life.
“Like the rich young man in Jesus’s day, sometimes we are tempted to give up or turn back because maybe we think we can’t do it alone. And we are right! We cannot do the difficult things we have been asked to do without help. Help comes through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the guidance of the Holy Ghost, and the helping hands of others.”
Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
“Wanted: Hands and Hearts to Hasten the Work,” April 2014 General Conference
“I hope we will never be afraid or reluctant to acknowledge, ‘I’m a Mormon.’ We should be confident, as was the Apostle Paul when he proclaimed, ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.’ As members, we are followers of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Such conversion and confidence is the result of diligent and deliberate effort. It is individual. It is the process of a lifetime.”
Ann M. Dibb, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
“I Know It. I Live It. I Love It,” October 2012 General Conference
“The spiritual plight of some children in the world today is depicted in a painting by the Danish artist Carl Bloch. This painting beautifully illustrates a scriptural account found in John, chapter 5. Christ, the healer and comforter, is the focus of the painting. He is lifting a covering from a man who has had infirmities since birth. The man is waiting for the miracle of healing in the pool of Bethesda, but he has no one to assist him. As the man waits, hoping for a miracle, Christ stands in his presence with the power to heal him.
“The painting includes several figures in the background, none of whom are looking directly at Christ. The Lord is in their midst, yet only one man sees Him as such. All the others appear to be going about their daily business, oblivious to the great power of Jesus and the miracle about to occur in their presence. A young child and a woman, perhaps his mother, are in view of Jesus; yet like the others, their eyes are focused elsewhere. In the very presence of the Savior, this woman fails to direct the child to the Savior. I wonder, would we, too, have missed this opportunity to come unto Christ? Are life’s experiences distracting us and dulling our spiritual view so we are not focusing on that which matters most? I wonder, do we miss opportunities to learn of the Lord and feel His love? Do we miss opportunities to share with others—especially children—that which matters most, the gospel of Jesus Christ? We have all seen children and youth standing in the crowds confused and wanting to know what matters most.
“I can almost hear this child and other children crying out the words so many of us have sung, ‘Teach me to walk in the light.’ Remember the words:
Teach me to walk in the light of his love;
Teach me to pray to my Father above;
Teach me to know of the things that are right;
Teach me, teach me to walk in the light. “
Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
“All Thy Children Shall Be Taught,” April 2005 General Conference
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? I am persuaded, with Paul, that neither tribulation, nor life, nor death, nor any other circumstance shall have the power to separate us from His love.
“The Savior gave His life for each one of us. He knows our joys and our sorrows. He knows my name and your name. When we covenant with Him at baptism, we promise to keep His commandments, to always remember Him, and to take His name upon us. Ultimately, His is the name by which we want to be called…”
Sydney S. Reynolds, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
“He Knows Us; He Loves Us,” October 2003 General Conference
“After the death of Christ, Paul was converted and became a great missionary. He had a junior companion, whom he loved as a father loves his own son. When we pick up their story in 2 Timothy, they are separated in their service. Timothy is lonely and afraid—being a missionary can be a fearful business. Paul is in prison in Rome. He writes Timothy a letter: ‘To Timothy, my dearly beloved son. … I thank God … that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears.’ (2 Tim. 1:2–4.)
“Isn’t that a tender letter? Pretend it is coming to you from one who is mindful of your tears.
“Paul then goes on to remind Timothy of his strengths: ‘I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee.’ (2 Tim. 1:5.) He reminds Timothy that both his grandmother and his mother were women of faith.
“Think of some of the strengths that your grandmothers and mother have passed on to you.”
Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
“Fear,” October 1992 General Conference
“Christ taught clearly that regardless of our living conditions, or our marital status, or our gender, we may know his love. When he met the woman at the well, as he crossed Samaria on his way to Galilee, she couldn’t believe he spoke to her. She was a Samaritan—he was a Jew. Her awareness of their differences, no doubt the legacy of long tradition, complicated her understanding him. He engaged her in a thoughtful conversation, and she began to sense that this visit had meaning far beyond the importance of drinking from a well. The exchange itself freed her from the inhibitions she expressed when he first spoke to her. When he offered the living ‘water springing up into everlasting life,’ a new awareness came upon her, and she began to hear what he was teaching ‘in spirit and in truth.’ ”
“Her hearing became her knowing, and her testimony brought other Samaritans to him.”
Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
“The Mission of Relief Society,” April 1992 General Conference
“Remember Jesus healing the blind beggar. He spat on the ground, rubbed the mud on the man’s eyes, and said, ‘Go, wash [your face] in the pool of Siloam.’
“My sisters, this story has a lesson about service in it for us. First, remember that Jesus and the man didn’t have an appointment. They encountered each other almost by accident. So look for little opportunities in your daily life.
“Second, Jesus saw the need of an individual. Sometimes I think we see programs instead of individuals.
“Third, Jesus performed the service immediately with just the resources he had—spit and mud and a desire to help. He didn’t transport the man to an exotic medical facility, organize a cornea transplant team, or didn’t make it into a media event. Sometimes we think we can’t serve because we’re not rich enough, not educated enough, not old enough, or not young enough. Remember, if we have the desire to serve, then our bare hands, a little spit, and a little dirt are enough to make a miracle.”
Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
“Spit and Mud and Kigatsuku,” April 1992 General Conference
“It is interesting to me that Jesus chose a Samaritan as an example of love unfeigned for the Pharisees. They were so remarkable for their observance of the letter of the law that this teaching must have caused at least some of them to see in new ways and with new spirit the freedom to love that Christ was offering them. That is the challenge for us, to allow Christ’s teachings, magnified by the Holy Spirit, to guide us to his ways of seeing and being.”
Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
“Charity Suffereth Long,” October 1991 General Conference
“Kindness has many synonyms—love, service, charity. But I like the word kindness because it implies action. It seems like something you and I can do. Kindness can be shown in so many ways. My favorite examples of kindness come from what Jesus did. He spent his ministry searching for the weary, the sick, the poor, and the lonely, that he might show kindness toward them.”
Betty Jo N. Jepsen, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
“Kindness—A Part of God’s Plan,” October 1990 General Conference
“I, too, have experienced what Paul taught when he said, ‘The Spirit beareth witness that we are children of God.’
“When you have that witness, then you know that you are part of God’s family, that Jesus Christ is your elder brother, and that you’ve inherited the characteristics of love, forgiveness, patience, service, tolerance, obedience. Christ is our example. If you wonder about other traits you have inherited, your patriarchal blessing will help you discover individual qualities.”
Elaine L. Jack, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
“Identity of a Young Woman,” October 1989 General Conference
“In Christ’s parable of the ten virgins, each young woman had a lamp to carry. Today we, too, carry lamps. The light within is the Light of Christ. The Young Women logo, in the form of a torch, symbolizes this light. A torch will light the way for you and for others to follow, but only if it is filled with oil. I would like to tell you of three sure ways in which you can get the oil and add to it every day.”
Ardeth G. Kapp, Young Women General President
“Stand for Truth and Righteousness,” October 1988 General Conference