Sister Neill F. Marriott, second counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, spoke on two important responsibilities that women of the LDS Church carry.
The first responsibility is to consistently add gospel light and truth to their lives. The second is to share that light and truth with others.
“Do you know how important you are? Every one of you … is valuable and essential in Heavenly Father’s Plan of Salvation,” Sister Marriott said.
She emphasized the work each person has to do in sharing the gospel.
“We need to live it. We need to share it,” Sister Marriott said. “We must stand firm in our faith.”
She said the world needs the distinctive, influential voices of women. “You carry a circle of influence with you wherever you go,” she said.
We are able to influence others through the glowing light of truth within us, Sister Marriott taught. To glow even brighter, we must continue in God and go to the source of light found in our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the scriptures and the temple.
Temples beautify and shine because “truth shineth” and temples contain truth and eternal principles.
“So do you,” Sister Marriott emphasized.
She further taught that women’s purpose is similar to that of temples: to “serve others and help them push back the darkness and return to Heavenly Father’s light.”
“Sacred temple work will increase our faith in Christ, and then we can better influence the faith of others,” she said.
She used a personal experience to demonstrate the pure revelation and peace that comes from the temple. During a difficult time, she went to the temple where, upon praying, she saw her weaknesses clearly. She realized that the natural woman is an enemy to God and others in her sphere of influence. To overcome this, people need to recognize their need for a Redeemer.
“By the nourishing the spirit of the temple we can learn the reality, the power and the hope of the Savior’s Atonement in our personal life,” Sister Marriott said.
Giving one’s heart to Him, holding back nothing, allows the Savior to change a person, she taught.
“I was lighter and more joyful because I had received His light and accepted His plan for me,” Sister Marriott said.
She said in the home there are many simple opportunities for daily acts of faith such as scripture study and family home evening. These acts help women “continue in God” and bring light to the lives of others.
“With (our Savior’s) power and light, we will be enabled to push back the darkness of the world, give voice to the truth we know and influence others to come unto Him.”