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Compilation of BYU Women's Conference talks teaches how to be 'Armed with Righteousness'

By Cecily Markland

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, March 31 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

"ARMED WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS: Talks from the 2012 BYU Women's Conference," Deseret Book, $24.99, 212 pages (nf)

Speaking to the theme of the 2012 BYU Women’s Conference, nearly two dozen presenters shared gospel principles and life’s lessons for becoming “Armed with Righteousness.” The theme was taken from the Book of Mormon prophet, Nephi, who described the “covenant people” as being “armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.”

Now, in a recently released compilation, the principle-filled messages are available in a book, giving those unable to attend the Women’s Conference an opportunity to learn, as Mormon women, how to put Nephi’s statement into practice in their families and communities.

The 17 presentations address various topics and give readers an up-close and personal view of some well-known leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as some of their family members and others who are a bit more obscure. Some come in interesting combinations. For example, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve , with his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, presented a talk titled “Our Prayer for our Granddaughters.” Sister Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women general president, spoke with her daughter, Emi D. Edgley, about “The Power of God in Great Glory.”

While helpful instruction is given and doctrine taught, precious gems of motivation and encouragement fill the pages as well. Keynote speaker Ruth Todd, a senior manager for LDS Church Public Affairs, says, “The Lord needs all of us. He is especially counting on you — you women who already have testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He needs us all and he needs us now.”

Sister Mary N. Cook, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, tells women to “remember who you truly are,” saying, “Confusion about our identity is one of Satan’s greatest tools.” A message of peace from Terry B. Ball, BYU professor, reminds women, “I can do hard things,” and another, from Sharon Eubank, of the Church Welfare Services Department, tells how to “lay aside the things of this world and seek for the things of a better.”

Throughout the compilation the message is echoed, reminding women to be “Armed with Righteousness," and assuring them, as Edgley puts it, to “find power through covenant-centered living.”

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Cecily Markland is a freelance writer, book editor, publicist and author of "Hope: One Mile Ahead" and the children’s book "If I Made a Bug." She owns Inglestone Publishing and produces cecilymarkland.com, a calendar of LDS events in Arizona.

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