Sister Neill F. Marriott: Yielding our hearts to God

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Sister Neill F. Marriott (Mormon Newsroom)

Sister Neill F. Marriott of the Young Women General Presidency shared her family’s motto, “It will all work out,” while speaking about trusting in the Lord.

“As our trust in Him grows, we open our hearts, seek to do his will, and wait for answers that will help us understand.”

She recounted how her search for God began when she was 12-years-old. She was living in the Deep South and only knew the Lord’s Prayer.

Sister Marriott began praying to God personally into her teens, and said she sometimes saw glimpses of the reality of Christ. She had to wait 10 years before having the opportunity to learn about the Atonement and the plan of salvation. The experience led her and her family to adopt the motto, “It will all work out.”

Her family motto was invoked when her daughter was hospitalized in critical condition at the age of 21 after a biking accident. Sister Marriott’s daughter, Georgia, passed away hours before Sister Marriott was able to reach the Indiana hospital on an emergency flight from her mission in Brazil.

Despite not reaching her daughter in time, Sister Marriott and her husband still had faith that, in the end, “it will all work out.”

“Faith in our Redeemer and his resurrection, faith in His priesthood power, and faith in eternal sealings let us state our motto with conviction.”

Sister Marriott emphasized that her family motto is not, “it will all work out now,” but rather, focuses on an eternal outcome that might not be apparent in the present. She also described how positive and negative things work together for good under the Lord’s timing.

Part of yielding our hearts to God, according to Sister Marriott, is by asking Heavenly Father if there is something more that we need to change in our lives, especially when refusing to change limits the ability to gain spiritual guidance, healing, or help.

She described how true worship of God and the Savior begins when our hearts are turned to them, which might mean having our heart break before them.

“With a growing understanding of the Lord’s grace and mercy, we find that our self-willed hearts begin to crack and break in gratitude.”

“Then we reach for Him, yearning to yoke ourselves to the Only Begotten Son of God. In our broken-hearted reaching and yoking, we receive new hope and fresh guidance through the Holy Ghost.”

Sister Marriott concluded by saying that though we may feel that we are too weak to change sinful acts or have failed too many times, if we appeal to God, he will make us more than we could ever imagine.

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Women’s general session:

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: Now is a part of eternity

Sister Carol F. McConkie: The Lord’s agents

Sister Linda S. Reeves: Rewards will come

 Sister Rosemary M. Wixom: Divine nature within you

Saturday morning session:

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: It works!

Elder M. Russell Ballard: God is at the helm

Elder Richard J. Maynes: The joy of living a Christ-centered life

Sister Neill F. Marriott: Yielding our hearts to God

Elder Francisco J. Vinas: The pleasing word of God

Saturday afternoon session:

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ

Elder Bradley D. Foster: It’s never too early and it’s never too late

Elder Robert D. Hales: Meeting the challenges of today’s world

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: Behold thy mother

Priesthood session:

Sunday morning session:

President Thomas S. Monson: Be an example and a light

Elder Ronald A. Rasband: Love one another

Elder Gary E. Stevenson: Fulness of times

Elder Dale G. Renlund: Through God’s eyes

President Russell M. Nelson: A plea to my sisters

Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer: Let the clarion trumpet sound

Elder Claudio R.M. Costa: That they do always remember him

Sunday afternoon session:

President Henry B. Eyring: The Holy Ghost as your companion

Elder D. Todd Christofferson: Why the church

Elder Von G. Keetch: Blessed and happy are those who keep the commandments of God

Sister Carole M. Stephens: If ye love me, keep my commandments

Elder Allen D. Haynie: Remembering in whom we have trusted

Elder Kim B. Clark: Eyes to see and ears to hear

Brother Devin G. Durrant: My heart pondereth them continually

Elder Koichi Aoyagi: Hold on thy way

Elder David A. Bednar: Chosen to bear testimony of my name

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