Two former LDS Church leaders, Mary Ellen Edmunds and Virginia H. Pearce, won't forget the release of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" 20 years ago.

In honor of the document's 20th anniversary, the women reflected on their experiences from the momentous day in articles on the Mormon Newsroom and Mormon Women Stand websites.

Edmunds, a former Relief Society general board member, and Pearce, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency from 1992-97, were present on Sept. 23, 1995, when President Gordon B. Hinckley, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the time, presented the proclamation during the General Relief Society Meeting.

In an article posted Wednesday by Mormon Newsroom, Pearce said she "feasted" on the meeting, "from beginning to end."

"I heard those lines with all of my 'ears' 20 years ago, and they still echo for me today," Pearce wrote. "Today, however, I think more and more about the family I belong to — the family of God. If it is to be successful, we will each need more faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and, yes, a bit of wholesome fun."

Her favorite sentence from the proclamation talks about how to establish and maintain successful marriages and families, according to the Mormon Newsroom article.

In an article posted Wednesday by Mormon Women Stand, Edmunds recalls writing in her journal after the conference about the moment President Hinckley read the document.

"He read a proclamation about families ... A clear trumpet sound. It was a privilege just to be there," Edmunds wrote, quoting her journal entry about that event.

She invited readers to "reread," "restudy" and "reacquaint" themselves with the document.

Both women expressed gratitude for the principles outlined in the document. Click here to read Pearce's article on Mormon Newsroom and here to read Edmunds' article on Mormon Women Stand.

Alex Johnson writes for the Faith and Family sections of

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