Women in the Church

1). “May each of us treasure this truth; one cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one.”
Thomas S. Monson, April 1998, Ensign, “Behold Thy Mother”

2). To you noble women, our Heavenly Father knows your prayers and desires. How grateful we are for your remarkable influence, including reaching out with loving arms to children who need your faith and strength.”
Neil L. Andersen, “Children,” Conference Talk, October 2011

3). “Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world will be drawn to the Church in large numbers.  This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the church are seen as distinct and different–in happy ways–from the women of the world. ”    
President Spencer W. Kimball, November 1979, Ensign, “The Role of Righteous Women”

4). “To you women of today, who are old or young, may I suggest that you write, that you keep journals, that you express your thoughts on paper. Writing is a great discipline. It is a tremendous educational effort. It will assist you in various ways, and you will bless the lives of many—your families and others—now and in the years to come, as you put on paper some of your experiences and some of your musings.”
Gordon B. Hinckley, “If Thou Art Faithful,” Conference Talk, October 1984

5). “Continuing, the Lord said: ‘Wherefore, lift up thy heart and rejoice, and cleave unto the covenants which thou hast made.’ (D&C 25:13.) I believe he is saying to each of us, be happy. The gospel is a thing of joy. It provides us with a reason for gladness. Of course there are times of sorrow. Of course there are hours of concern and anxiety. We all worry. But the Lord has told us to lift our hearts and rejoice. I see so many people, including many women, who seem never to see the sunshine, but who constantly walk with storms under cloudy skies. Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine.”
Gordon B. Hinckley, “If Thou Art Faithful,” Conference Talk, October 1984

6). “Among the real heroines in the world who will come into the Church are women who are more concerned with being righteous than with being selfish.  These real heroines have true humility, which places a higher value on integrity than on visibility.  Remember, it is as wrong to do things just to be seen of women as it is to do things to be seen of men. Great women and men are always more anxious to serve than to have dominion.” 
Spencer W. Kimball “The Role of Righteous Women,” Conference Talk, October 1979

7). “I hope all of you dear sisters, married or single, never wonder if you have worth in the sight of the Lord and to the leaders of the Church. We love you. We respect you and appreciate your influence in preserving the family and assisting with the growth and the spiritual vitality of the Church. Let us remember that ‘the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children’ (‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World’). The scriptures and the teachings of the prophets and apostles help all family members to prepare together now to be together through all eternity. I pray that God will continually bless the women of the Church to find joy and happiness in their sacred roles as daughters of God.”
— M. Russell Ballard, “Daughters of God,” Conference Talk, April 2008

8). “The lives of women in the Church are a powerful witness that spiritual gifts, promises, and blessings of the Lord are given to all those who qualify, ‘that all may be benefited’ (D&C 46:9; see verses 9–26). The doctrines of the restored gospel create a wonderful and ‘unique feminine identity that encourages women to develop their abilities’ as true and literal daughters of God.”
—Dieter F. Uchtdorf, September 2009 Ensign, “The Influence of Righteous Women”

9). “Women have unique opportunities to grow in leadership skills.  Do you think of leadership as telling others what to do, or as making all the decisions?  Not so.  Leadership is the ability to encourage the best efforts of others in working toward a desirable goal.  Who has more significant opportunities to lead than a mother who guides her children toward perfection, or the wife who daily counsels with her husband that they may grow together?  The tremendous contribution in leadership made by women in the auxiliaries of the Church and in their communities is likewise beyond measure.”
 —Spencer W. Kimball, “Relief Society Personal Study Guide 2, 1990” p. 37

10). “We are living in a great season for all women in the Church. Sisters, you are an essential part of our Heavenly Father’s plan for eternal happiness; you are endowed with a divine birthright. You are the real builders of nations wherever you live, because strong homes of love and peace will bring security to any nation. I hope you understand that, and I hope the men of the Church understand it too.”
—Dieter F. Uchtdorf, September 2009 Ensign, “The Influence of Righteous Women”

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