Zina D. H. Young

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“After my call to the Relief Society general presidency, I felt a desire to know more about the women who had served before me. I was impressed by the teachings of Sister Zina D. Young, first counselor in the second Relief Society general presidency. She said, ‘Sisters, it is for us to be wide awake to our duties.’ ”

Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Wide Awake to Our Duties,” October 2012 General Conference

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“By looking at a problem in a different way, it may be possible to reduce discouragement. I have been impressed with the pioneer story told about Zina Young. After experiencing the death of parents, crop failure, and sickness, she was encouraged with a spiritual experience that changed her attitude. While attempting to seek divine help, she heard her mother’s voice: ‘Zina, any sailor can steer on a smooth sea, when rocks appear, sail around them.’ A prayer came quickly: ‘O Father in heaven, help me to be a good sailor, that my heart shall not break on the rocks of grief.’ It is often difficult to change circumstances, but a positive attitude can help lift discouragement.”

Val R. Christensen, Second Quorum of the Seventy
Overcoming Discouragement,” October 1998 General Conference

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“I have read how Relief Society observed its fiftieth year with a great gathering of sisters in this Tabernacle. President Zina D. H. Young addressed the congregation and exclaimed: ‘O that my words could be heard by all people, not only by you my brethren and sisters in this Tabernacle but that they might be heard and understood by all the people of this continent, and not only this continent, but the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and the islands of the sea.’

“I have come to feel that this may have been more than just a wistful expression of a great former leader. Perhaps it was instead a pleading with the Lord for a time such as this.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Warmed by the Fires of Their Lives,” April 1984 General Conference

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