I was so grateful this year that I had the chance to go to BYU Women’s Conference. I have not had the chance to go for many years. This year I knew I needed to go. I told my husband that I had to have some spiritual upliftment and a break, and luckily the scheduling worked out, thanks to my husband believing me. There is so much to love about 2 days of Women’s Conference, but this year my favorite part was the powerful messages that I heard and the spirit that was taught me. I want to share with you some of the highlights of what I heard, and also share with you how you can access many of these talks. Today I am sharing BYU Women’s Conference Resources for Everyone: Powerful Messages.
First of all I want to let you know that many of these talks that I am going to highlight will be rebroadcast in the next couple of months. The schedule for rebroadcast can be found here. This is such a great resource to hear and experience many of these powerful messages. There are also some talks that will not be rebroadcast, but there is a chance that it will be available to read in the Women’s Conference book that you can find more about here. For now I am just going to give you some bits and pieces of the great things I heard.
Sister Sandra Rogers – “One in Charity” (This was the introduction to the theme of Women’s Conference and it was such a great talk.)
“One in Charity is loving God first and becoming on in thought, purpose, and action with the Father and the son. As we do this we are able to feel, understand, and be grateful for the charity the Father and His Son, Our Redeemer, have for us and because of their grace, we can, through faith and repentance, overcome the natural man and extend pure charity to others.”
When talking about the I Was a Stranger Initiative Sister Rogers said,
“I do believe that as we serve healing will take place. I do believe that others will come to know the Savior better because of our service in His holy name. I do believe that we sisters will become a stronger force for peace and goodwill in a world so in need of understanding, respect, and safety… And I do believe that when our hearts are knit together in unity and love we are magnified with the Lord’s power, and … we will be enabled to accomplish miracles and every purpose of the Lord will be fulfilled.”
If you don’t read or watch anything else on this post, this will be worth your time. This is such a powerful example of the Lord changing hard hearts into charitable hearts. This is a much needed example for our day!
I loved the example of these saints so much. With so much discord right now between nations and even within our own nation, I loved this example of becoming One in Charity.
This talk will be rebroadcast on Sunday, July 10 at 11:00 a.m. on BYU TV.
Sister Kristen Oaks – “If ye are not one ye are not mine”
Sister Oaks identified 4 areas in our lives where we can become one:
1. One with Christ
“His [Christ’s] atonement has the capacity to carry and lift us when we have no strength to lift ourselves. Ultimately this gift, if we repent and accept it, cleanses us and allows us to enter the presence of God.”
2. One with ourselves
“Sisters, before I came today the Lord told me to tell the women to love themselves. Why is this so important? It is vital because our capacity to serve and love others is in direct proportion to our love of self. The fact that You are so essential, so important, so central to the success of God’s plan makes you a walking target of the adversary.”
3. One in our families
“Relationships are not built instantaneously, they develop incrementally and are best forged on the foundation of our Savior Jesus Christ.”
4. One with our fellowmen
“Sisters, we are a mighty army. The Lord has called us to serve His children and we are ready! We are ready to serve our fellow men – – – after years of practice acting as missionaries, visiting teachers, camp directors, compassionate service leaders, and den mothers. OUr skills are sharp and our hands are ready. We travel under the banner of the Living Christ. Most importantly, our heavenly supply lines are secure. We honor the Sabbath, each week we partake of the Holy sacrament and we are changed and purified people given supernal power from above.”
This talk will be rebroadcast Sunday, July 3 at 11:00 a.m on BYU TV.
Sister Linda K. Burton- The Two Great Commandments
“Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father [in Heaven] and how familiar his face is to us.” President Ezra Taft Benson
“I wouldn’t be surprised if each of us – in that moment when we finally have the opportunity to see Him – will similarly melt into tears as we run to be embraced in his loving arms, having endured the mortal challenges of this world as courageously as we could.”
“Perhaps if we regularly remind ourselves that our loving Heavenly Father is just that, a loving Heavenly Father, we can view our mortal challenges as an opportunity to draw near to Him and for Him to draw near to us.”
This talk will be rebroadcast Sunday, July 17––11:00 a.m. on BYU TV.
Gaye Strathern – “If the Roots Be Holy So Are the Branches”
“We unavoidably stand in so many unholy places and are subjected to so much that is vulgar, profane, and destructive to the Spirit of the Lord that I encourage our Saints all over the world, wherever possible, to strive to stand more often in holy places.” President James E. Faust.
“Stand ye in holy places and be not moved.” Doctrine and Covenants 87:8
“We are not to become GOOD, but HOLY men and women.” Elder D. Todd Christofferson
This talk will be rebroadcast Sunday, June 19––11:00 a.m.:00 a.m. on BYU TV. This whole talk is SO good. But it is one that you have to listen to.
Kerri and Jeffrey Johnson – Nurturing Marriage through Daily Kindness
This message will not be broadcast with the rest of the talks, but for me it was one of the best. I know I am not alone in saying that I love my marriage but I know it can be better. This was one of the talks that I really needed to hear. I am going to share more extensive notes on this talk because, like I said, it will not be broadcast and there were so many great quotes and thoughts that I know can support and nurture marriage. There is a chance that it will be published here or here.
“What matters most is what lasts longest” by Elder M. Russell Ballard.
“Nurturing Marriage” by Elder Russell M Nelson.
“The Eternal Blessings of Marriage” by Elder Richard G Scott
“Divorce” by Elder Dallin H. Oaks
K – KNEEL –
“I know of no single practice that will have more salutary effect upon your lives than the practice of kneeling together as you begin and close each day. (Gordon B Hinkley).
“Never retire without kneeling together, holding hands, and saying your prayers. Such prayers invite Heavenly Father to counsel us by the power of the Spirit.” Harold B Lee told Elder Ballard
I – INTERACT –
Be genuinely interested in each other.
“In the routine of life, we often take our families—our parents and children and siblings—for granted. But in times of danger and need and change, there is no question that what we care about most is our families! It will be even more so when we leave this life and enter into the spirit world. Surely the first people we will seek to find there will be father, mother, spouse, children, and siblings.” Elder Ballard
“Notice your spouse. Be with them in the moment. Be present. Don’t miss out on opportunities to connect. Choose the better part. Don’t be so busy. Sometimes we give our very worst to the people we love the most. Shut of the stuff that doesn’t matter and interact genuinely.”
N – NURTURE –
“Marriage brings greater possibilities for happiness than does any other human relationship. Yet some married couples fall short of their full potential. They let their romance become rusty, take each other for granted, allow other interests or clouds of neglect to obscure the vision of what their marriage really could be. Marriages would be happier if nurtured more carefully.” Elder Russell M Nelson
Make date night a huge priority in nurturing your marriage.
Alma 32 – Great chapter on marriage. Switch the seed for marriage.
This video featuring Elder Richard G. Scott is a great one on marriage.
They added another N – No Negativity
Do your very best to not be in a negative state. Don’t be negative about your spouse. We ought to have each other’s backs. Speak positive about each other when they are not around.
“Pray for the love which allows you to see the good in your companion. Pray for the love that makes weaknesses and mistakes seem small. Pray for the love to make your companion’s joy your own. Pray for the love to want to lessen the load and soften the sorrows of your companion.” Elder Henry B. Eyring
D – Develop Faith
“We must develop bedrock faith in the Savior’s gospel and move forward, empowered by temple covenants, toward exaltation.” Neill A Marriott
“A good marriage does not require a perfect man or a perfect woman. It only requires a man and a woman committed to strive together toward perfection.” Elder Dallin H Oaks
I know reading these notes is not quite like enjoying the live talks at BYU Women’s Conference, but I do hope that they have given you some encouragement, some peace, or just something to think about. I have enjoyed typing them up and reading my notes once again.
I am grateful for all of the opportunities that we have as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to hear messages prepared with and given by the gift of the Holy Ghost. I loved the things that the Spirit taught and spoke to me as I was at this conference. I came away with a greater desire to strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father so that I can have the love that He desires to give me to serve His other children. I loved the theme One in Charity, and do believe that as we come to know who we are and how our Father loves us, He will give us strength, power and charity, the pure love of Christ, and that will be used by many to change this world into a more peaceful place.
Thanks for reading! If you attended BYU Women’s Conference this year and would like to share some of your favorite messages, please feel free to share them in the comments.