President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, will speak at the closing session of the BYU Women's Conference on May 4, 2018.
This will be the first time in 10 years the president of the LDS Church will be speaking at Women’s Conference. The last was in 2008, when President Thomas S. Monson spoke after his call earlier that year.
President Kevin J Worthen, current president of BYU, the Relief Society general presidency and Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt will also be keynote speakers during this year's conference.
President Worthen will speak during the opening session on Thursday, May 3, 2018. His topic is “Strengthen One Another in the Lord.” Worthen became the 13th president of BYU in 2014. He was born April 15, 1956, in Dragerton, Utah, and describes himself as “a BYU guy through and through.” He served a mission for the LDS Church in Monterrey, Mexico, and graduated from BYU with bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees. He served as dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and BYU’s advancement vice president before his call as president of the university.
The Relief Society general presidency, Sister Jean B. Bingham, Sister Sharon Eubank and Sister Reyna I. Aburto, will speak at the afternoon general session. Their address is titled “That We May All Sit Down in Heaven Together.” The presidency was sustained on April 1, 2017. Sister Bingham previously served as the first counselor in the Primary general presidency, while Sister Eubank served on the Relief Society general board, among other leadership callings. She continues to serve as director of LDS Charities. Sister Aburto served on the Primary general board before her call to the presidency.
On Friday, May 4, Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt will speak at the morning general session on “... Love One Another, as I Have Loved You … .” She has been a presenter at Time Out For Women and worked as a religious educator for the LDS Church. She is the author of “Living Your Covenants Every Day.” She earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and married at age 40.1 comment on this story
President Nelson and his wife will close the conference Friday afternoon. President Nelson was set apart as the 17th president and prophet of the church on Jan. 14, 2018. He has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since April 7, 1984. He married Sister Wendy Nelson in April 2006 and has 57 grandchildren and more than 100 great-grandchildren, according to LDS.org. Sister Nelson most recently spoke at BYU Women’s Conference in 2015.
Participants can register at womensconference.byu.edu.