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LDS young women taught to be virtuous at annual conference

By Carole Mikita | Posted - Mar 26th, 2011 @ 9:00pm



SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 1 million Latter-day Saint young women gathered in the Conference Center and in meetinghouses around the world Saturday night for their annual conference. Their leaders encouraged them to be kind to everyone and to live virtuous lives.

Young Latter-day Saint women, ages 12 to 18, were reminded in this year's meeting to live by their 2011 theme, which includes first, honesty.

Sister Ann M. Dibb, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, said, "When we are honest in all things, big and small, we experience peace of mind and a clear conscience. Our relationships are enriched, because they are based on trust."

Benevolence, they were taught, means kindness to everyone.

"I would like to invite each of you to do at least one Samaritan-like act this coming week. It may require that you reach beyond your usual friends or overcome your shyness. You may courageously choose to serve someone who doesn't treat you well," said Sister Mary N. Cook, First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency.

Being virtuous individually, they heard, will affect others.

Sister Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President, taught, "Being a guardian of virtue means that you will never text words or images to young men that may cause them to lose the Spirit, lose their priesthood power or lose their virtue. It means that you understand the importance of chastity because you also understand that your body is a temple."

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency taught that they are now old enough to have their own belief in Jesus Christ. "Each time you choose to try to live more like the Savior you will have your testimony strengthened; you will come in time to know for yourself that He is the light of the world," he said.

He called the young women the bright hope of the Lord's Church and encouraged them to become women of faith.


Sessions of the Church's Annual General Conference take place next weekend. You can watch the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. meetings Saturday and Sunday on KSL 5.

E-mail: cmikita@ksl.com

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