The 18th Relief Society president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened the 2023 BYU Women’s Conference, saying Latter-day Saint women are “ready to offer relief.”
President Camille N. Johnson and his counselors, Sisters J. Annette Dennis and Christine M. Yee, welcome the audience to one of the world’s largest gatherings of women on the evening of Wednesday, May 3, 2023. started the meeting. A one year hiatus and her two years of online presentations.
Leaders spoke of temporary relief, relief from Master Healers, and relief from sacred covenants made with God.
Addressing the thousands of women gathered at the Marriott Center on the campus of Brigham Young University, President Johnson said, “As members of the Relief Society, we are committed to pointing one another to the Savior and giving Christlike love.” Follow the Savior’s example.
“We offer material and spiritual peace through the power of our Savior, finding our own peace in the process. We find Jesus Christ,” she said.
Providing the temporary relief that the Savior provides through serving others transforms and prepares them to lead to the temple, President Johnson taught.
She recently traveled to Uganda in Central Africa to see how the church is working with UNICEF to provide temporary relief to mothers and children.
“The Good Shepherd’s flock is known and numbered. He also knows his children in remote areas of Uganda,” she said.
President Johnson said it is both a blessing and a contractual responsibility for Church members to provide temporary relief to people around the world. In total, these efforts have cost him over $1 billion and his 6.3 million volunteer hours.
“Sisters, your time is represented in these sums,” said President Johnson.
Speaking of the mission of the newly organized Relief Society on March 17, 1842, Emma Smith said:
“The global initiative we are a part of is, as Emma anticipated, a special occasion and a pressing call,” said President Johnson.
Relief by Master Healer
Sister Dennis, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, shared some of her daughter’s journey through mental and emotional health challenges.
“Sisters, Jesus Christ is our Master Healer and our greatest source of comfort,” said Sister Dennis. She said her daughter is doing very well now, thanks to the healing power of Jesus Christ and His work of providing relief through others.
“How wonderful it is that we can partner with Master Healers to help bring emotional peace to those around us.”
Sister Dennis quoted from several scriptures, including Isaiah 43:2-5. …when you walk in fire you will not get burned… .I am the Lord your God…your Savior…you [art] precious in my eyes. ”
She has witnessed through her own personal experience that Jesus Christ is the ultimate source of salvation.
“He knows each of us very well, loves each of us dearly, wants to be a part of our lives, and gives us the divine relief we so desperately need. I hope it gives us,” she said.
salvation by covenant
Sister Yee, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, spoke about spiritual salvation by joining hands with the Lord through the covenants we have made with Him.
“He wants to be with us in our concerns and decisions. I will,” said Sister Yi.
Giving her own example of being an unmarried woman, Sister Yi said she felt the Savior’s love and comfort in her personal needs and concerns.
She spoke of a recent trip to Chuuk Island in Micronesia, about 1,500 miles southeast of Japan. There she met women who felt her loneliness but kept their covenants.
These sisters are known to Heavenly Father and the Savior. they are not alone. And neither you nor I are in the midst of trials and challenges,” Sister Yi said. “The Lord sent me on a journey of about 8,500 miles by plane, train, car and ship to bring relief to ‘him’ on the islands of the sea.
“And he will find you and me on our personal island. He will be there, ready to bless us, guide us, and comfort us.”
The Lord is willing to help and help in big and small things. He offers relief through his Atonement, she taught.
About the BYU Women’s Conference
The BYU Women’s Conference has been bringing women together since 1976.
The conference attracts over 12,000 attendees each year. Since its inception, over 1 million service projects have been completed.
The event could be a time to gather with other women of faith, build friendships, learn from speakers and participate in service, the website said. Conference content is designed for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, we welcome participants of all religions.
Traditionally co-sponsored by Relief Society organizations, the BYU Women’s Conference is now a BYU program coordinated by Continuing Education, such as BYU Education Week.