SALT LAKE CITY -- Young women and their mothers from all over the world were admonished to live the values of honesty, truth, chastity, benevolence and virtue in the LDS Church's Young Women meeting at the LDS Conference Center on March 26. The meeting is traditionally held each spring one week before general conference.
"More than one million young women and their leaders were invited to this conference, and you chose to come here tonight because you are a believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ," Henry Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, told the young women. He talked of the roots of the Young Women's organization created by Brigham Young more than a century ago. "He wanted the Young Women of the church to hear living testimony."
Young women heard from the entire Young Women's General Presidency and watched a video clip of young women throughout the church living the values taught in the first line of the 13th Article of Faith, which is the theme for Young Women and Young Men this year.
Ann Dibb, 2nd counselor in the Young Women General Presidency repeated the first line of the 13th Article of Faith to begin her talk: "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous and doing good to all men."
She focused her remarks on two points -- being honest and true. She went on to recite the whole article of faith and told the Young Women it is a guide for righteous Christian living. She stressed the importance of being honest in all things and said it is not wise to be involved in even the smallest of untruths.
She advised Young Women that they can be a force for good in the world and that they never know when their desire to be true, which she defined as being steadfast and loyal, will bring great blessings.
Young Women General First Counselor Mary Cook carried on with the theme of the 13th Article of Faith and talked about benevolence. She explained that it is kind, well-meaning and charitable.
"Do you notice those that are lonely? ... Those that are living their lives in black and white?" she asked. She suggested Young Women reach out to those around them to bring color into their lives, adding, "Kindness can be a part of your everyday life."
She encouraged the girls to do one kind act during the next week and suggested that kindness in the home is a good place to start.
"You are royal daughters of a loving Heavenly Father," Young Women General President Elaine Dalton told the Young Women. She advised that girls be "guardians of virtue" and that mothers do the same. She told mothers they are examples to their daughters -- in dress, word and deed.
"Some decisions only need to be made once," she told the girls. She encouraged them to make a list of things they will never do, such as be unchaste, break the Word of Wisdom or dress immodestly
She also advised the girls to make a list of things they will do, such as marry in the temple, be kind to others and live a virtuous life. "Live by your list," she said.
Eyring closed the evening by advising the girls on how to develop a testimony. "Your testimony will come to you in pieces," he said. He told them how important it is to pray and study scriptures and not neglect them in life.
"Your testimony will grow in breadth and depth," he said. "You will be a light to the world as you share your testimony with others."