Sister Julie Beck: Relief society is a compass and guide for righteous women. Understanding relief society strengthens their foundations. Align his daughters in his work. Enlist his help... We study our history to know who we are. PRIORITIZE MONEY! Teach young women to be sober, willing, chaste. The constant theme: sisters who utilize the power of the Holy Ghost are blessed and receive revelation.
Sister Silvia H. Allred: You don't have to be married to keep the commandments! The Lord says, I will not forget thee. The Lord loves you. He knows your hopes and your disappointments. He will not forget you. The Lord grades you on your effort. Our faith in Christ will give us the confidence to face life's daily challenges. We have to remain temple worthy to receive our covenants, so we can see our family in heaven and be with them forever. It is so important to understand the plan of redemption.
- Scripture Study
The Lord expects those who are strong to strengthen the weak. As women, we have an essential part in the plan of happiness. Each of us are needed to build up his kingdom.
Sister Barbara Thompson: Visiting Teaching. In Alaska, home teaching was impossible. Prayerfully though, they found ways to bless and strength their sisters. Sisters who truly seek to love one another find meaningful ways to accomplish this task with the Lord. Sometimes the best part of the visit is to Just Listen. Or do some housework. Or calm a crying a child. Don't look at it as a burden; it is a blessing.
President Thomas S. Monson: Our soul has reason to rejoice tonight. The spirit of the Lord is here. How do we look at each other? Are we making judgments when we don't have all the facts? None of us are perfect. And yet for some reason, we have a tendency to point out the faults of others. There's really no way to know the heart of others. For some reason, we find reason to criticize.
Not only do we judge actions but we judge appearances - clothing, hairstyle, size. "You could lose customers by putting up such people". Oh, if only they could have known him. Appearances can be so deceiving. It's such a small measure of a person. If attitudes, deeds, and spiritual revelations were reflected in appearances... Such differences are almost endless. Do these differences make us judge one another? Mother Theresa's commitment was to love one another.
CHARITY NEVER FAILETH.
Charity is the pure love of Christ. It is the opposite of criticism and judging. Charity manifests itself when we are tolerant of others and lenient. Forgiveness, patience; charity compels us to be sympathetic, compassionate, and merciful in times of weakness and error on the part of others. There's a serious need for attention to those who are unnoticed. True charity is love in action. It's resisting the impulse to become offended easily. It is accepting people as they truly are. It is looking beyond physical appearances, to attributes that wont dim over time. It is resisting the impulse to categorize others. In a hundred small ways, all of you are advocates of charity. Recognize that everyone is doing their best. It is the highest, strongest, noblest kind of love.
Charity Never Faileth.