Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Conferencegoers line up in the rain for the general women’s session of the LDS Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.
SALT LAKE CITY — Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked women across the globe Saturday to be joyful, righteous and articulate, to deepen their knowledge of God and to understand their identity as his daughters.
“Let’s not be confused about who we are,” said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president, during the first session of the church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference.
“While it is often easier to be spiritually passive than it is to put forth the spiritual effort to remember and embrace our divine identity, we cannot afford that indulgence in these latter days,” she said.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, also encouraged LDS women to remember who they are and to use that knowledge to find joy.
“I pray that you will choose to lift up your voice and make your life a glorious symphony of praise, rejoicing in what the love of God, the wonders of his church, and the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring to the world,” he said.
Thousands gathered in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City for the general women’s session, which was translated into 90 languages and broadcast via television, radio, satellite and the internet across the world.
In addition to Sister Jones and President Uchtdorf, Sister Sharon Eubank of the Relief Society general presidency and Sister Neill F. Marriott of the Young Women general presidency addressed the capacity congregation.
During his remarks, President Uchtdorf said it is not so much abilities but choices that make the difference in life. “There may be many things about life that are beyond your control,” he said. “But in the end, you have the power to choose both your destination and many of your experiences along the way.”
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