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With messages ranging from the importance of taking "time to be holy" to the need for patience with ourselves amidst our efforts to progress, the General Women's Session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was held Saturday, March 25. President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency; Sister Bonnie H. Cordon of the Primary general presidency; Sister Carol F. McConkie of the Young Women general presidency; and Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, spoke during the session. The following quotes come from their addresses.

Sister Bonnie H. Cordon
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"As we make a habit of approaching Heavenly Father in prayer, we will come to know the Savior. We will come to trust Him. Our desires will become more like His. We will be able to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that Heavenly Father is ready to give if we will but ask in faith."

Read a summary of Sister Cordon's talk here.

Sister Bonnie H. Cordon
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"Jesus Christ has overcome the world. And because of Him, because of His infinite Atonement, we all have great cause to trust, knowing that ultimately all will be well."

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Sister Bonnie H. Cordon
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"While I was traveling in Asia, a dear sister approached me. She wrapped her arms around me and asked, “Do you really believe that this gospel is true?” Dear sister, I know it is true. I trust in the Lord."

Read a summary of Sister Cordon's talk here.

Sister Carol F. McConkie
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"I see the beauty of holiness in sisters whose hearts are centered on all that is good, who want to become more like the Savior. They offer their whole soul, heart, might, mind, and strength to the Lord in the way that they live every day. Holiness is in the striving and the struggle to keep the commandments and to honor the covenants we have made with God. Holiness is making the choices that will keep the Holy Ghost as our guide."

Read a summary of Sister McConkie's talk here.

Sister Carol F. McConkie
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"Sisters, if we would be holy, we must learn to sit at the feet of the Holy One of Israel and give time to holiness. Do we set aside the phone, the never-ending to-do list, and the cares of worldliness? Prayer, study, and heeding the word of God invite His cleansing and healing love into our souls. Let us take time to be holy, that we may be filled with His sacred and sanctifying Spirit. With the Holy Ghost as our guide, we will be prepared to receive the Savior in the beauty of holiness."

Read a summary of Sister McConkie's talk here.

Sister Carol F. McConkie
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"And though He is the only one through whom salvation comes, He was mocked, scourged, and crucified. But the Son of God rose from the grave, that we may all overcome death. He is the one who will stand to judge the world in righteousness. He is the one who will redeem us all. He is the Holy One of Israel. Jesus Christ is the beauty of holiness."

Read a summary of Sister McConkie's talk here.

Sister Linda K. Burton
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"I have read and passed over the seemingly unremarkable expression 'certain women' numerous times before, but recently as I pondered more carefully, those words seemed to jump off the page. Consider these synonyms of one meaning of the word certain as connected to faithful, certain women: 'convinced,' 'positive,' 'confident,' 'firm,' 'definite,' 'assured,' and 'dependable.'"

Read a summary of Sister Burton's talk here.

Sister Linda K. Burton
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"Hold on, for the Lord will provide."

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Sister Linda K. Burton

"Covenant keeping discipleship requires our willingness to sacrifice."

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President Henry B. Eyring
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"Those who do not see their weaknesses do not progress. Your awareness of your weakness is a blessing as it helps you remain humble and keeps you turning to the Savior. The Spirit not only comforts you, but He is also the agent by which the Atonement works a change in your very nature. Then weak things become strong."

Read a summary of Elder Eyring's talk here.

President Henry B. Eyring
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"Remembering may be one of the most precious gifts the Spirit can give you."

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President Henry B. Eyring
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"Our Father in Heaven is concerned not just about our comfort but even more about our upward progress."

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President Henry B. Eyring

"'Wherefore, my beloved brethren [and sisters], pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons [and daughters] of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure' (Moroni 7:45–48).

"This is the goal that your Father in Heaven has for you, His precious daughters. It may seem to you like a distant goal, but from His perspective, you’re not that far away. So He visits you with His Spirit to comfort you, encourage you, and inspire you to keep going."

Read a summary of Elder Eyring's talk here.

President Henry B. Eyring
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"He visits you with His spirit to comfort you, encourage you, and inspire you to keep going."

Read a summary of Elder Eyring's talk here.