Unity in Sisterhood

These quotes are separated from Unity in Relief Society so that Young Women and Activity Days leaders can easily find quotes that can also be used in their lessons.

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“…we must love one another and see in one another the beauty of the soul. The Savior taught, ‘Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.’ Whether we are age 8 or 108, each of us is ‘precious in [His] sight.’ He loves us. We are daughters of God. We are sisters in Zion. We have a divine nature, and we each have a glorious work to do.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Here to Serve a Righteous Cause,” October 2015 General Conference

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“As true disciples, may we offer our willing hearts and our helping hands to hasten His work…It does not matter if we are not yet perfect and complete. We are devoted disciples who reach out and help each other along the way. Our sisterhood reaches across the generations to those faithful sisters who have walked before. Together, as sisters and in unity with living prophets, seers, and revelators with restored priesthood keys, we can walk as one, as disciples, as servants with willing hearts and hands to hasten the work of salvation. As we do so, we will become like the Savior.”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
Wanted: Hands and Hearts to Hasten the Work,” April 2014 General Conference

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“It’s the variety in a garden that contributes to its beauty—we need daisies and lilies and buttercups; we need gardeners who water, nurture, and care. Unfortunately, Satan knows that sharing unites our sisterhood through the everyday and the eternities. He knows that selfishness will begin to destroy sharing, which destroys unity, which destroys Zion. Sisters, we cannot let the adversary divide us. You see, ‘A perfect oneness,’ said Brigham Young, ‘will save a people.’ And I would add that a perfect oneness will save our society.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Belonging is Our Sacred Birthright,” October 2004 General Conference

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“This organization for all women of the Church is for the purpose of helping to bring us to the Savior and assisting one another in helping the sick and the poor. Relief Society sisters will put their arms around the new members and make everyone feel needed and nurtured, no matter what their status of life is at this time. They will welcome the new young women as they arrive and make them an integral part of every activity. Use them. We cannot afford to lose them. Everyone will be lifted and loved.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
Steadfast and Immovable,” October 2001 General Conference

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“Let us value everyone’s contributions. Let us not exclude a sister, whatever her life choices and whatever her circumstances. Let us express trust that she used both study and prayer in making her decisions, and provide a supportive environment in which she can carry out those decisions, evaluate them for their success, and modify them if necessary. If change is necessary or desirable, it will be easier in a nurturing, supportive atmosphere.”

Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Rowing Your Boat,” October 1994 General Conference

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“We are part of a grand whole. We need each other to make our sisterhood complete. When we reach out to clasp the hands of our sisters, we reach to every continent, for we are of every nation. We are bonded as we try to understand what the Lord has to say to us, what He will make of us. We speak in different tongues, yet we are a family who can still be of one heart. We work, play, give birth, nurture, dream dreams; we cry, pray, laugh, sometimes clap for joy, and find that mortality teaches us our need for our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Charity Never Faileth,” April 1992 General Conference

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“Sisters, there are those in our church today who feel lonely and isolated. I have anguished over the cry of those sisters who want to contribute, who want to belong, who long for companionship and yet do not feel love and acceptance. I search, too, for the faces of the dear sisters we wish were here, who may be kept away with struggles of their own, whose presence would make us all stronger. We need you, each and every one.”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Striving Together: Transforming Our Beliefs into Action,” October 1985 General Conference

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“If we all unite and become one sisterhood in our meetings and activities, together we can become instruments in the hands of God by which he can perform his work.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
The Bond of Charity,” October 1980 General Conference

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“I am aware of the struggle it is for one to be hurt, lonely, or in pain, and to have to wonder if there is someone who knows you well enough that he or she will respond to you. But if you assume that part of another’s responding to your needs lies in your willingness to share your ideas, feelings, and values, then faith becomes a blessing that fortifies you in sharing yourself with others. Sharing and responding are the process of sisterhood.”

Addie Fuhriman, Relief Society General Board member
Singleness: How Relief Society Can Help,” October 1980 General Conference

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