The Brigham Young University Womens Conference is a unique forum where issues of concern to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are addressed in a manner that unites scholarship with spiritual insight.This collection of essaysMoreThe Brigham Young University Womens Conference is a unique forum where issues of concern to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are addressed in a manner that unites scholarship with spiritual insight.This collection of essays features fifteen outstanding presentations from the 1985, 1986, and 1987 conferences.
They offer personal views and honest testimony from which we can derive perspective and understanding of our own life experiences.Here are thought-provoking excerpts from some of the essays:Sisters, we are all in this together. We need each other. Those of us who are old need you who are young.
And, hopefully, you who are young need some of us who are old. We need deep and satisfying and loyal friendships with each other. These friendships are a necessary source of sustenance. We need to lock arms and help build the kingdom so that it will roll forth and fill the whole earth. —Marjorie P. HinckleyOne of the false traditions about women that survives into the twentieth century is expressed in statements, meant to be compliments, such as She thinks like a man and She fought like a man, or those, meant not to be compliments, like He wept just like a woman, and He gave in like a woman.
We still imagine and approvingly describe men as rational, objective, even tough-minded and revengeful. Women, on the other hand, are supposedly all intuitive, gentle, even immaturely emotional and merciful. Isnt it strange that these qualities we belittle in women are the very ones that best identify Christ?
We should remind ourselves constantly that the Pearl of Great Price tells us God made both male and female in the image of Jesus. —Eugene EnglandWe need to catch the vision of ourselves, of the powers within us. Sometimes we delude ourselves into thinking someone else is responsible for our sins. We see ourselves as a victim.
The message of free agency is that I am not a victim. We are responsible for our choices. We can change. —Ann N. MadsenIf we are honestly doing what we feel we must do for ourselves and our loved ones, and are doing so because that is our choice, ratified by the Spirit, we have the right to feel good about ourselves and to be free of feelings of guilt. —Ida Smith