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Local Sisters Speak About The Women's General Conference

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Sister Rosanne Scarth of the Johannesburg Stake commented on President Henry B. Eyring’s talk, 'My Peace I Leave With You':

I can relate President Eyring’s reference to the Saviour’s promise of peace to His disciples to the way I feel at the end of a Sabbath day. When I go to church, spend time with my family, rest and do other Sabbath day activities I feel so close to my Saviour, and I never want that good, happy peaceful feeling to end.

When I think of all the tasks to complete during the week ahead, it gets very daunting sometimes, but when I take the time to kneel and pray and ask for the Spirit to guide me and keep me calm, I feel closer to my Saviour and I know He is guiding me every step of the way. We need the Spirit's constant guidance, and we need never feel alone.

If I want to have His peace with me, I know I must never forget to pray for it, because we cannot rely upon the arm of flesh.

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Sister Nomthandazo Msane, who is serving in the Kenya, Nairobi Mission with her husband, the mission president, said of Sister Bonnie H. Cordon’s address, Trust In The Lord And Lean Not:

This beautiful inspiring talk given by Sister Cordon made me think of the peace that we get as we increase faith in our Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ and His atonement. I know that trusting in the Lord with all my heart, and leaning not unto my own understanding helps me get through and understand life’s challenges, and helps me gain spiritual strength because He knows the bigger picture while I only know the limited picture that I can see.

I know that scripture study and prayer are some of the most important ways that we can increase our faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His atonement.  It is through scripture study and prayer that we understand and know that God wants us to succeed and be happy, but we need to trust Him and keep His commandments.  It is in the scriptures that we read about a lot of women who put their trust in Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ, women like Eve, Mary, Esther and many more who fulfilled their mission on mother earth because they had faith and trusted God. We can learn from them and do the same.

Women serving each other is another way we can achieve this Relief Society purpose.

I love the promise that is given in the scripture that Sister Cordon read: “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

What a loving Father we have who always gives us a commandment and with that commandment comes the blessings. I know that as we trust in the Lord we will have the peace that we need in our lives, and life will be relatively easier for us to live and more enjoyable. 

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Sister Ikaneng Kato of the Bedfordview Stake, spoke of Sister Carol F. McConkie’s talk, The Beauty Of Holiness:

Jesus Christ is the beauty of holiness…

Being able to hear the inspired messages from General Conference fills me with gratitude.  I am especially grateful to be a daughter in my Father’s kingdom, with a divine heritage of holiness.

I am grateful that Heavenly Father has provided all that is required to help us to become holy. The Saviour, who is the “Beauty of holiness”, the only one through whom salvation comes, has given us the capacity to become holy even as He is holy.

I am grateful that Heavenly Father has given us the opportunity, through our mortal experiences, to choose holiness as we choose to keep His commandments and honour the covenants that we have made with Him.

I know that through the atoning sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can become saints in His kingdom, receive the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost, and become partakers of the divine nature of our Father, His Son and the Holy Ghost.