Elder Bruce C. Hafen and his wife, Marie, addressed 2014 BYU Women’s Conference participants regarding the Atonement and the blessings that come from following Jesus Christ on Thursday, May 1.
Elder Hafen, who received his bachelor’s degree from BYU and has served as president of Rick’s college, and Sister Hafen, shared stories about the pioneers and the accounts of friends who have experienced hardships, pointing out how the Atonement helps members of the church overcome adversity.
“We don’t need to be perfect, but we need to strive whole-heartedly,” said Elder Hafen of what is required to receive aid from above.
Sister Hafen, who has worked as an English teacher at BYU, shared how Christ is the difference-maker in a time when we can be subject to pain and tragedy.
“He will make weak things become strong,” said Sister Hafen, addressing the audience, which included BYU president Kevin J Worthen on his first day as president of the Provo campus.
Elder Hafen spoke of the forgiveness that comes through the power of the Atonement and the spiritual rehabilitation it provides, emphasizing the importance of doing all we can do.
Sister Hafen closed by advising the audience to focus on the temple.
“Put yourself in the temple. He marked the path and led the way,” Sister Hafen said of the need to attend the temple and follow Jesus Christ.