General women’s session focuses on happiness and divine nature

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Savannah Hopkinson
The general women’s session is for women and girls ages 8 and up. Leaders of the Primary, Young Women and Relief Society organizations were speakers at the session. (Savannah Hopkinson)

The general women’s session for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held on Sept. 23 focused on reminding women about their divine nature and the great influence they can have on others.

Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, encouraged women to be righteous, articulate, different and distinct.

“The friendships that Relief Society women, young women and primary girls build with sincere, faithful, godly women and girls of other faiths will be a significant force in how the church grows in the last days,” Sister Eubank said.

Sister Neill F. Marriott, second counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, talked about how the Atonement of Jesus Christ helps bridge the gap that sin and pride create between Heavenly Father and His children.

Savannah Hopkinson
Sister Neill F. Marriott is the second counselor in the Young Women General Presidency. Sister Marriott talked about how the Atonement of Christ helps bridge the gap between Heavenly Father and his children. (Savannah Hopkinson)

“Our sins and pride create a breach, or a gap, between us and the font of all love, our Heavenly Father. Only the Savior’s Atonement can cleanse us of our sins and close that gap or breach,” Sister Marriott said.

Sister Joy D. Jones, general president of the Primary, also talked about divine nature and how the world’s view on worth differs from God’s view.

“Spiritual worth means to value ourselves the way Heavenly Father values us, not as the world values us,” Sister Jones said.

Sister Jones, who buried her son the day before, encouraged the sisters to remember who they are and put their trust in God.

“No matter what,” she said, “We always have worth in the eyes of our Heavenly Father.”

Savannah Hopkinson
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency was the concluding speaker at the session. His message focused on happiness and being a disciple of Christ. (Savannah Hopkinson)

The concluding speaker at the conference was President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency. He told a story of three sisters. One sister was sad, one sister was mad and one sister was glad. President Uchtdorf said the third sister was glad because “she lived joyfully, not because her circumstances were joyful, but because she was joyful.”

President Uchtdorf focused on how happiness comes from being a disciple of Christ and living and sharing Christ’s gospel.

“Choosing this path of discipleship will lead to untold happiness and fulfillment of your divine nature,” President Uchtdorf said.

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