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Carole Mikita ReportingThousands of Latter-day Saint young women gathered in the LDS Church's Conference Center tonight for their annual meeting. President Gordon B. Hinckley was among the speakers.
Twenty-one-thousand young women, ages 12 to 18, filled the Conference Center and hundreds of thousands of others watched and listened in meetinghouses throughout the world. Their president talked of the good works of a group of young women who struggle with poverty and oppression in their country.
Susan W. Tanner, Young Women general president said, "They made hygiene kits for women in need. They did additional service in the community, in hospitals, and in homes. We know by their actions that these young women understand their identity as daughters of God."
They heard it is possible to fix wrong choices, there is help.
Julie B. Beck, first counselor in the Young Women General Presidency said, "When we make mistakes or choose poorly, we must have the help of our savior to get back on track."
Another leader urged them to understand modesty. "Modesty is not a matter of being hip. It is a matter of the heart and being holy. It is not about being fashionable. It is about being faithful," said Elaine S. Dalton, second counselor in the Young Women General Presidency.
President Gordon B. Hinckley delivered what he called a simple recipe to happiness -- pray, study, pay tithing and attend church meetings.
"If you will do these four things, I promise you that your lives will be fruitful, that your happiness will be great, that your accomplishments will be tremendous and satisfying in every respect," he said.
Throughout the meeting, the young women were reminded of tonight's theme, to keep virtue uppermost in their minds.
The LDS Church will hold its annual General Conference next weekend.