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(KSL News) Tens of thousands of Latter-day Saint young women gathered in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake this evening, and millions of others watched their annual meeting by satellite through out the world.
This is the first church-wide meeting for President Thomas S. Monson since becoming the faith's leader. The young women, ages 12-18, were encouraged by their leaders to be strong in the faith and choose friends who will influence them to do good.
Susan W. Tanner, the Church's Young Women's General President, said, "As you stand as a witness in your home, you will strengthen your families. Too often, we think the phrase of the young women theme "to strengthen home and family" applies only to the future responsibilities of young women as wives and mothers, but it also applies to their responsibility as daughters and sisters in their homes, here and now."
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, said, "There were friends, some of them not members of the Church of Jesus Christ who, by their example, influenced me to do good and to remember the Savior. There were schoolmates and teachers whose approval and friendship I sought, who somehow made me want to do good and enhance my feelings for the Savior."
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold its annual general conference next weekend. You can watch it on KSL TV or online.