The trials of mortality face each of us. Whether we pass those trials or succumb to them largely depends on whom we ally ourselves with—do we “trust in the arm of flesh” (2 Nephi 4:34), or are we sustained in the strength of the Lord?
In this book are nineteen addresses on that theme, gathered from presentations made at the 2009 BYU Women’s Conference, addresses about strengthening our family relationships, facing the challenges of mortality, and living the gospel in a world increasingly arrayed against us.
“We have covenanted with the Lord to go where He wants us to go; we will do what He wants us to do, and we will strive to become what we should and must become. ‘In the strength of the Lord’ and through His grace, I know that you and I can be blessed to accomplish all things.”—Elder L. Tom Perry
“Mortality, with its normal losses, sorrows, sicknesses, disappointments, torments, weeds, mistakes, errors, sins, and other afflictions would be a reasonable test in and of itself. But throw in Satan and his minions and now we have a test of faith and obedience that will ensure the Lord knows what we are made of.”—Sandra Rogers
“We know that we are involved in God’s work every day, and that changes everything. It changes the way we think. It changes our decisions. It changes the way we dress. It changes the way we talk. It changes the way we live.”—Julie B. Beck
“I find no evidence in the Book of Mormon which suggests that parents who did their very best in teaching and tutoring their children were ever judged by the mistakes and sins of their progeny.”—Cecil O. Samuelson
“I think Babylon is intent on pulling families apart. This is cause for extreme concern. The family is meant to be eternal, but Babylon isn’t. Babylon is the city of the world; Zion is the city of God. Where do you want to live? Where do you want to raise your family?”—Mary Ellen Edmunds
“One of the most frequent prayers in the scriptures is this, and it is echoed all throughout the scriptures: ‘How long, O Lord?’ Over and over again, prophets cry out from their agony not just ‘Spare me!’ but ‘How long, O Lord? How long?’ We all want to know when our suffering will end. This becomes the trial within the trial.”—John S. Tanner
“I have found in my own personal life, when I have been struggling and feeling weighed down either emotionally, spiritually, or physically that the partaking of the sacrament was a source of great spiritual strength and that those quiet, reverent moments during its administration serve as a spiritual oasis—‘a refuge from the storm’ (D&C 115:6).”—Brent L. Top
The messages in this book point us toward the true source of our strength, the Lord Jesus Christ, and can help us as we face our daily tests to rely on His arm, and His strength.
Hardcover: 6" x 9", 224 pages
I was so excited to see talks taken from all over the conference instead of talks coming mostly from the Marriott Center. This book is awesome! This is the list of talks:
- Julie B. Beck
- Kristin Warner Belcher
- Elaine S. Dalton
- Mary Ellen Edmunds
- Pamela H. Hansen
- Cheryl C. Lant
- Margaret S. Lifferth
- Vicki F. Matsumori
- Camille Fronk Olson
- Janie Penfield
- Elder L. Tom Perry
- Sandra Rogers
- Elder Cecil O. Samuelson
- Sharon G. Samuelson
- Janet S. Scharman
- Elizabeth Tanner
- John S. Tanner
- Barbara Thompson
- Brent L. Top
- Brad WIlcox
If you kept your 36 page Women's Conference Program from 2009 then you can look up the talks from above. There is such a variety. You'll love it!
I am surprised that the new BYU Women's Conference book does not include talks from several of last year's featured Marriott Center speakers. Since Deseret Book does not provide the Table of Contents for this book, you probably want to make sure your favorite speakers are included before buying. I am personally disappointed in the compilation of this year's book.