Sister Linda K. Burton: Ascending together in families

General Relief Society President Linda K. Burton speaks about men’s divine roles as husbands and fathers. (

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General Relief Society President Linda K. Burton continued the theme of families during her remarks in the Saturday morning session of the 185th Annual General Conference on April 4.

Sister Burton noted the patterns and expressions of love that she has witnessed between general authorities and their spouses. She focused on  recognizing husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and uncles who strive to fulfill priesthood roles as described in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

“I am convinced that a husband is never more attractive to his wife than when he is serving in his God-given roles as a worthy priesthood holder,” she said.

Sister Burton said Satan is trying to degrade men through demeaning messages because he has forfeited his sacred privilege of becoming a husband or father. “It must be difficult, at best, for covenant men to live in a world that not only demeans their divine roles and responsibilities but also sends false messages about it means to be a ‘real man.’”

Covenant men and women need each other and are made to help one another, Sister Burton said, defining the scriptural term “helpmeet” as a help who is suitable to another. As members work together to lift the rising generations and reach their divine potential, they will “ascend together,” as covenant men and women.

Sister Burton explained members can work together to build happy homes by intentionally speaking kind words. “Will you join me in seeking the help of the Holy Ghost to teach us how we can better lift each other in our complementary roles as covenant sons and daughters of our loving Heavenly Parents? I know through the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and our faith in him, we can do it.”

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