Women of Covenant

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I believe with all of my heart that we sisters do have the innate strength and faith that will allow us to meet the challenges of living in the last days. Sister Sheri Dew has written, ‘I believe that the moment we learn to unleash the full influence of converted, covenant-keeping women, the kingdom of God will change overnight.’
 
“It will take concerted effort to be converted and to keep our covenants. To do so, we need to be girls and women who study the essential doctrines of the gospel and have an unshakable testimony of their truthfulness.”
 
Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President
Rise Up in Strength, Sisters in Zion,” October 2016 General Conference

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“I testify that connections forged among covenant women in Relief Society can indeed enlighten, enliven, and enrich the journey of life because we can help each other learn how to put the Lord first in our hearts and in our lives.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Walking towards the Light of His Love,” October 2004 General Conference

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“Covenant-keeping women with mother hearts know that whether motherhood comes early or late; whether they are blessed with a ‘quiver full’ of children here in mortality or not; whether they are single, married, or left to carry the responsibility of parenthood alone—in holy temples they are ‘endowed with power from on high’, and with that endowment they received the promised blessings and are ‘persuaded of them, and embraced them’.”

Julie B. Beck, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
A Mother Heart,” April 2004 General Conference

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“As covenant women living in many nations, it is essential to have Christ at the core of our lives. In these ‘perilous times,’ oh, how we need Him! He is the source of strength and safety. He is light. He is life. His peace ‘passeth all understanding.’ As our personal Savior and Redeemer, He invites us, one by one, with outstretched arms to ‘come unto him’ in the most personal ways. Sisters, when a woman accepts the Savior’s invitation, she is strengthened individually, and others are blessed through her righteous influence.

“I believe when a woman chooses to have Christ at the center of her own heart, at the nucleus of her personal world, she brings the Lord into the core of her home and family, be it a family of one or a family of many. Wherever she lives and whatever her circumstances, as the heart of the home and the family, what is in each woman’s heart is reflected in the environment and spirit of her home.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Choose Ye Therefore Christ the Lord,” October 2003 General Conference

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“Some years ago my husband and I visited the eastern sector of Berlin, Germany. Chunks of what was once the infamous wall dividing the citizens of that city were lying about—preserved as a memorial to the triumph of freedom over bondage. Written on one piece of the wall in bold, uneven red letters were these words: ‘Many small people in many small places doing many small things can alter the face of the earth.’ To me that phrase speaks of what each of us—as covenant women—can do to make a difference as we step forward offering our hearts and hands to the Lord by lifting and loving others.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity: One Family, One Home at a Time,” October 2002 General Conference

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“For centuries, righteous women have been stepping forward to join the cause of Christ. Many of you have only recently been baptized; your covenants are fresh in your hearts, your sacrifices still tender. As I think about you, I am reminded of Priscilla Staines from Wiltshire, England. Nineteen-year-old Priscilla joined the Church in 1843. Alone. She had to steal away in the night to be baptized, because of the persecutions of her neighbors and the displeasure of her family. She wrote: ‘We waited until midnight … and then repaired to a stream of water a quarter of a mile away. Here we found the water … frozen over, and the elder had to chop a hole in the ice large enough for the purpose of baptism. … None but God and his angels, and the few witnesses who stood on the bank with us, heard my covenant; but in the solemnity of that midnight hour it seemed as though all nature were listening, and the recording angel writing our words in the book of the Lord.’
 
“Her words ‘None but God and his angels … heard my covenant’ touch my soul, for like Priscilla—no matter our age, our gospel knowledge, our time in the Church—we are all women of covenant.”
 
Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
With Holiness of Heart,” October 2002 General Conference
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“He needs us today. He needs us to speak up for what is right, even when doing so is unpopular. He needs us to develop the spiritual maturity to hear the voice of the Lord and detect the deceptions of the adversary. He delights in women who keep their covenants with precision, women who reverence the power of the priesthood, women who are willing to ‘lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better’ (D&C 25:10). He needs us to be everything we can be, to ‘arise and shine forth, that [our] light may be a standard for the nations’ (D&C 115:5).”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Are You The Woman I Think You Are?” October 1997 General Conference

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“To be a woman of covenant is a sacred and holy responsibility. It is uniquely ours. It is not by chance that we are on the Lord’s errand at this time. It is by choice that we came to this earth to follow the path of the Savior. At baptism, we covenanted, as did the Nephites at the waters of Mormon, to be called his people, to serve him, to keep his commandments, to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things and in all places…

“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

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“We are here today not because of what we do but because of who we are—daughters of our Father in Heaven. We value such definition for we are women of covenant. Our covenants hold great significance because we have made them with the Lord. They act as a fortification against the powers of opposition, a reinforcement and reminder of why we are here.”

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

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“To be a woman of covenant is a sacred and holy calling. Our covenants should ennoble us, serving as inspiration and incentive. A deepened understanding of our covenants lifts our vision to the loftier vistas awaiting us. As we are ‘true followers of … Jesus Christ,’ we can become the daughters of God, ‘that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.’ ”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Look Up and Press On,” April 1992 General Conference

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