“As we use our time in mortality to study and apply the Savior’s teachings, we become more like Him. We come to understand that He is the way—the only way—we can overcome mortal challenges, be healed, and return back to our heavenly home.”

Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Family is of God,” April 2015 General Conference


“Young women, you are engaged in a great work! And you are not alone! As you guard your virtue and purity, you will be given strength. As you keep the covenants you have made, the Holy Ghost will guide and guard you. You will be surrounded by heavenly hosts of angels.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
Guardians of Virtue,” April 2011 General Conference


“The greatest manifestation of charity is the Atonement of Jesus Christ, granted to us as a gift. Our diligent seeking for this gift requires that we not only are willing to receive it but are willing to share it as well. As we share this love with others, we emerge as ‘instruments in the hands of God to do this great work.’ We will be prepared to sit down with our sisters in heaven—together.”

Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
That We May All Sit Down in Heaven Together,” October 2005 General Conference


“How do we teach our children? We can follow the example of the Savior. In the Book of Mormon we read of the resurrected Savior’s appearance to those in the Western Hemisphere. While teaching the people, He gathered the children to Him. He knelt and prayed with the children and for them. He blessed the children one by one. He felt the joy of their presence and opened the heavens that the children might be taught from on high.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
All Thy Children Shall Be Taught,” April 2005 General Conference


“Because of Christ there is hope smiling brightly before you, and you need not worry too much about sickness, death, poverty, or other afflictions. The Lord will take care of you. Your responsibility is to keep the commandments, feast upon the words of Christ, and stay in the path to your heavenly home.”

Julie B. Beck, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
There Is Hope Smiling Brightly before Us,” April 2003 General Conference


“Never belittle the gifts God has given to you. Develop the divinity that is within you. Don’t dull the brightness of the spirit you came with from heaven. The Lord needs your goodness and your influence in this world.”

Margaret D. Nadauld, Young Women General President
Hold High the Torch,” April 2002 General Conference


“To maintain a firm stance for ourselves and help others stand firm, the message of the restored gospel must be firmly planted in our hearts and taught in our homes. In your own homes, give your children and loved ones the spiritual armor they will need as they leave you each day and venture away from the safe fortress of your home. Teach your loved ones how to draw upon the powers of heaven through fasting and prayer. Teach them that keeping the Sabbath day holy will insulate them from the world. Teach them to be obedient. Teach them to seek God’s approval, not man’s. Teach them that the only route back to our heavenly home is by loving and following the Savior and by making and keeping sacred covenants and commandments. The truths of the gospel and knowledge of the plan of salvation are weapons your family members can use for victory over Satan’s evil forces.”

Virginia U. Jensen, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Stand Firm,” October 2001 General Conference


“A holy place is where we feel safe, secure, loved, and comforted. That’s how it was in our heavenly home. Standing in holy places and being in good company bring feelings of how it must have been in that home we left behind, the home that seems so far away at times.”

Sharon G. Larsen, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Fear Not: For They That Be with Us Are More,” October 2001 General Conference


“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


“When we are confirmed, the heavens open and we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. By and through the Spirit, blessings of the priesthood flow into our lives. The Holy Ghost to lead and guide us, to be with us, to bring us peace, to testify of truth, to bear testimony of Jesus Christ; these spiritual blessings direct the course of our lives. And the lives of those around us are richer in things of the Spirit, for blessings are magnified as they are shared.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Partakers of the Glories,” October 1996 General Conference


“As women of covenant we seek exaltation and the peace that attends eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. With that resolve comes the quiet reassurance that speaks softly to our souls and reaffirms to us that peace and love, hope and gentility, reverence, joy, and obedience bring about change and good works. Indeed we stand before the world today to rejoice—not in the power of men and women—but in the goodness of God.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Ponder the Path of Thy Feet,” October 1993 General Conference


“How long has it been since you shouted for joy? In the Grand Council in heaven in our premortal existence, all the sons and daughters of God ‘shouted for joy’ (Job 38:7). Our Father in Heaven gave us the opportunity to be born, to assume the responsibilities of mortality, which offered the opportunity of a ‘fulness of joy’ (Ps. 16:11) but which also entailed risks of disobedience, sin, and heartache. Yet, as our Father’s plan unfolded and we became aware of our divine potential for future immortality, we did all shout for joy.

“Now we are here; do we doubt the Lord’s word, ‘Men are, that they might have joy’ (2 Ne. 2:25)?”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Finding Joy in Life”, October 1987 General Conference


“I want to reach out to you and share with you what I have learned over the years about hope. I would give it to you if I could, but I’ve learned that it only comes from your own upward climb. You see, this brief time away from our heavenly home and parents is a time when we are given our agency for the purpose of being tried and tested in every way (see 2 Ne. 2:24–28). You should expect some ‘down’ days and some hard tests. Learn from them. Grow from them. Be stronger because of them.”

Ardeth G. Kapp, Young Women General President
A Time for Hope,” October 1986 General Conference



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