Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — During a historic worldwide gathering Saturday, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked women to unite and walk a “covenant path” back to their Heavenly Father.
This is a "historic meeting,” said President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the LDS Church’s First Presidency, noting it was the first time Mormon women, young women, and girls, 8 and older, have gathered together.
A capacity congregation filled the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City for the meeting, which was translated into 55 languages and sent to millions around the world via the television, radio and the Internet.
President Thomas S. Monson presided at the meeting, which was also attended by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency; other Church leaders; and members of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary general presidencies and boards.
In addition to President Eyring, presidents of the church’s women’s organizations — Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president; Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president; and Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary general president — spoke at the meeting, which was held one week before the LDS Church’s 184th Annual General Conference. A multi-generational choir of women representing over 290 stakes within a 100-mile radius of the Conference Center provided the music for the historic broadcast.
Also shown during the meeting were two videos: One featured LDS women across the globe singing "I Am a Child of God" in different languages. The worldwide congregation was invited to sing the last verse in the Conference Center and meetinghouses and homes across the globe. A second video featured women of different ages supporting and loving each other along the covenant path that begins at baptism and leads to the temple.
During his remarks, President Eyring spoke about the path “marked by sacred covenants with God.”
“I will talk with you about the joy of making and keeping those covenants,” he said.
Addressing the topic, “Daughters in the Covenant,” President Eyring said no two Latter-day Saints will have the same memories of the day they were baptized.
“But we each felt God's approval. And we felt a desire to forgive, and to be forgiven, and an increased determination to do right," he said.
He told members of the worldwide congregation that they were tutored by their Heavenly Father before they came into this life.
“He helped you understand and accept that you would have trials, tests and opportunities perfectly chosen just for you," President Eyring said. "You learned that our Father had a plan of happiness to get you safely through those trials and that you would help bring others safely through theirs. This plan is marked by covenants with God.”
It is a free choice to make and keep covenants, he explained.
“Only a few of his daughters have the opportunity in this life to even learn of those covenants," he said. "You are one of the favored few. You, dear sisters, each of you, is a daughter in the covenant.”
President Eyring said Heavenly Father sees greater potential in his children than they — or even their earthly mothers — see.
“He sees that glorious potential in all of his daughters wherever they are," he said. "Now that puts a great responsibility on each of you. He expects you to treat every person you meet as a child of God.”
During her remarks, Sister Burton said as true disciples of Jesus Christ, many Latter-day Saint women offer their willing hearts and their helping hands to hasten the Lord’s work.
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