“ONE IN CHARITY: Talks from the 2016 BYU Women’s Conference,” Deseret Book, $19.99, 170 pages (nf)
In “One in Charity,” eight women and three men who are members of the LDS Church share personal life events to help readers understand how uniting with God and others can spread charity throughout homes and the world.
In the first chapter, Sandra Rogers uses her continually flooding basement to demonstrate the first important step that must be taken when striving for charity. Although she thought she understood the problem, it wasn’t until a storm hit in the middle of the night that she realized she actually had no idea what she was dealing with. Using this personal trial, she eloquently teaches the importance of putting God first to correctly, and more easily, solve life’s problems.
In another chapter of “One in Charity,” Barbara Morgan Gardner tells how she believed the students in her Brigham Young University Doctrine and Covenants class when they declared their knowledge of the priesthood to be complete. But when their many answers regarding who held priesthood keys varied, she came to the realization that not only did her students lack basic priesthood knowledge, she did as well. Gardner shares several wonderful ways women can learn more about the priesthood so it can empower their charitable lives.
Finally, Sister Kristen M. Oaks, the wife of Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, movingly tells of the personal difficulties she experienced when, marrying at 53, she became immersed in a family that still mourned their late mother and grandmother. She explains actions she took to help family members become closer and how, by focusing on others and being charitable, a miraculous side-effect was that she became more involved and loved by the family she had married into.
These women and eight others fill “One in Charity: Talks from the 2016 BYU Women’s Conference” with stories that range from heartbreaking to humorous. Through these shared insights, readers can be inspired to be better and reach out to others in unity and charity.
Elizabeth Reid has bachelor's degrees in economics and history. A wife and mother, she loves learning people's love stories and blogs about her own at agoodreid.blogspot.com.