Quotes on Women

One woman summarized the conflicting views presented to women today through the mass media:  “We are urged by some to get out and do something significant in the world.  We are urged by others to stay home and feed the fires of heart and hearth.  We are urged to have families and fulfill the measure of our creation.  But if we do, still others say we aid and abet the population explosion.  We are trained in schools the same as our brothers, and are then sent forth with subtle reminders not to compete with them and upset the scheme of things.  We have been worshiped and exploited, applauded and forgotten.  We have been the target of jokes, the object of lust.  All about us is dichotomy.” — Church News, 15 September 1979, p. 5

Women have unique opportunities to grow in leadership skills.  Do you think of leadership as telling others what to do, or as making all the decisions?  Not so.  Leadership is the ability to encourage the best efforts of others in working toward a desirable goal.  Who has more significant opportunities to lead than a mother who guides her children toward perfection, or the wife who daily counsels with her husband that they may grow together?  The tremendous contribution in leadership made by women in the auxiliaries of the Church and in their communities is likewise beyond measure. — President Spencer W. Kimball, Relief Society Personal Study Guide 2, p. 37

Women’s intuition is the closest thing to inspiration there is. — Elder Bruce R. McConkie

Woman’s mission and throne is the family, and if any thing is withheld that would make her more efficient, useful, or happy in that sphere, she is wronged and has not her rights. — President David O. McKay

You know that there is no enduring happiness, that there is no lasting peace in the heart, no tranquility in the home, without the companionship of a good woman.  Our wives are not our inferiors. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, November 1991, p. 51

Having looked over all of this, He declared it to be good.  He then created man in His own likeness and image.  Then as His final creation, the crowning of His glorious work, He created woman.  I like to regard Eve as His masterpiece after all that had gone before, the final work before He rested from His labors. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, November 1991, p. 99

Honoring women is also part of following Christ.  His show of understanding toward Mary and Martha, his respect and concern for his mother, and the honor bestowed on her demonstrate that Christian men are to be considerate, honest, courteous, caring toward women.  The designation “a Christian gentleman” should be a desired title of every man–young or old–who bears the priesthood. — Elder Rex D. Pinegar, Ensign, November 1991, p. 40

 

Someday, when the whole story of this and previous dispensations is told, it will be filled with courageous stories of our women, of their wisdom and their devotion, their courage.  Just as women were the first at the sepulchre of the Lord Jesus Christ after His resurrection, our righteous women have so often been instinctively sensitive to things of eternal consequence.” — President Spencer W. Kimball [April 1978 General Conference], Church News, March 7, 1992, p. 16

In 1979, President Spencer W. Kimball addressed the women of the Church. . . . At that time, speaking as the prophet of God, using words that are truly prophetic, he proclaimed:  “Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world (in whom there is often such an inner sense of spirituality) will be drawn to the Church in large numbers.  This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives. . . . Thus it will be that female exemplars of the Church will be a significant force in both the numerical and the spiritual growth of the Church in the last days.”  (Ensign, Nov. 1979, pp. 103-4.) — Elder M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, November 1991, p. 97

Every woman has been endowed by God with distinctive characteristics, gifts and talents in order that she may fulfill a specific mission in the eternal plan. — President Thomas S. Monson, Church News, March 21, 1992, p. 7

Elder Alexander B. Morrison of the Seventy was the keynote speaker at a fireside on the first evening of the Women’s Conference at BYU, April 29-30 [1993].

Quoting a United Nations publication, Elder Morrison noted:  “It has been said that females ‘are one-half of the world’s population, perform two-thirds of the world’s work, receive one-tenth of its income, and own less than one-hundredth of its property.’  There can be little doubt that for the vast majority of women, the ‘errand of angels’ is a very difficult task indeed, played out in poverty and adversity, in sorrow and deprivation.” — Elder Alexander B. Morrison, BYU Women’s Conference, 1993

People wonder what we do for our women.  I’ll tell you what we do.  We get out of their way, and look with wonder at what they are accomplishing. — President Gordon B. Hinckley addressing the National Press Club, 2000

Women of God, that includes us.  Tonight I invite each of us to identify at least one thing we can do to come out of the world and come closer to Christ.  And then next month, another.  And then another.  Sisters, this is a call to arms, it’s a call to action, a call to arise.  A call to arm ourselves with power and with righteousness.  A call to rely on the arm of the Lord rather than the arm of flesh.  A call to “arise and shine forth, that [our] light may be a standard for the nations” (D&C 115:5).  A call to live as women of God so that we and our families may return safely home. — Sheri L. Dew, “We Are Women of God,” General Relief Society Meeting, Oct. 1999

Some faithful women have been denied that which is at the very center of their souls.  In the eternal plan, no blessing will be kept from the faithful.  No woman should question how the Savior values womanhood. — President James E. Faust, Ensign, November 1996

I wish to say a word to you older women, many of whom are widows.  You are a great treasure.  You have passed through the storms of life.  You have weathered the challenges now facing your younger sisters.  You are mature in wisdom, in understanding, in compassion, in love and service.  There is a certain beauty that shines through your countenance.  It is the beauty that comes of peace.  There may still be struggle, but there is mature wisdom to meet it.  There are health problems, but there is a certain composure concerning them.  The bad memories of the past have largely been forgotten while the good memories return and bring sweet and satisfying enrichment to life.

You have learned to love the scriptures, and you read them.  Your prayers for the most part are prayers of thanksgiving.  Your greetings are words of kindness.  Your friendship is a sturdy staff on which others may lean.  What a resource you are to the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  You love the Church, you accept its doctrine, you honor your place in its organization, you bring luster and strength and beauty to its congregations.  How thankful we are to you.  How much you are loved, respected, and honored. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, November 1996

We salute you, sisters, for the joy that is yours as you rejoice in a baby’s first smile and as you listen with eager ear to a child’s first day at school which bespeaks a special selflessness. . . . You rock a sobbing child without wondering if today’s world is passing you by, because you know you hold tomorrow tightly in your arms. — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “The Women of God,” Ensign, May 1978, p. 10

Saintly sisters are usually the first to understand that in this life we live not by days but by deeds, not by seasons but by service. — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Women of Faith, [pamphlet], p. 9

Remember, in the world before we came here, faithful women were given certain assignments while faithful men were foreordained to certain priesthood tasks.  While we do not now remember the particulars, this does not alter the glorious reality of what we once agreed to.  You are accountable for those things which long ago were expected of you just as are those we sustain as prophets and apostles!  (Spencer W. Kimball, “the Role of Righteous Women,” Ensign, Nov. 1979, p. 102.) — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Women of Faith, [pamphlet], p. 10

Men and women agreed before they were born to come to Earth with different gifts. . . . [Homemaking may be perceived as dull or monotonous, but] Every day brings satisfaction along with some work which may be frustrating, routine or unchallenging . . . but it is the same in the law office, the dispensary, the laboratory or the store.  There is, however, no more important job than homemaking. — President James E. Faust, General Young Women’s Meeting, March 1998

We must never lose sight of the strength of the women.  It is mothers who set the tone of the home.  It is mothers who most directly affect the lives of their children.  It is mothers who teach infants to pray, who read to them choice and beautiful literature from the scriptures and other sources. It is mothers who nurture them and bring them up in the ways of the Lord.  Their influence is paramount. . . .

Without the devotion and absolute testimony of the living God in the hearts of our mothers this Church would die. . . .

We frequently speak of our wives as the better half.  It is essentially true.  They are the creators of life.  They are the nurturers of children.  They are the teachers of young women.  They are our indispensable companions.  They are our co-workers in building the kingdom of God.  How great is their role, how marvelous their contribution.  How they add to the luster of life. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Worldwide Priesthood Leadership Training broadcast, January 10, 2004; Church News, Jan. 17, 2004, p. 3

We call upon the women of the Church to stand together for righteousness.  They must begin in their own homes. . . . They must be the teachers and the guardians of their daughters. . . . When you save a girl, you save generations.  I see this as the one bright shining hope in a world that is marching toward self-destruction. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Worldwide Priesthood Leadership Training broadcast, January 10, 2004; Church News, Jan. 17,2004, p. 3

Latter-day Saint women may not be immediately aware of the impact they have on those around them, but those who live a Christ-centered life provide not only a foundation of happiness for themselves, but a beacon for others.

Listing the litany of activities women perform at home, President Gordon B. Hinckley said that at times he would like to tell men to “wake up and carry your share of the load.”

“Do you really appreciate your wife?  Do you know how much she does?  Do you ever compliment her?  Do you ever say thanks to her?” — “LDS Women are Praised,” Deseret News report on General Relief Society Meeting, September 28, 2003

You women, be good women, be good mothers.  Be kind and gracious and generous.  Strengthen your children with your faith and your testimony.  Lift them up.  Help them to walk through the troubled ways of the world as they grow in this very difficult age.  Support, sustain, uphold, and bless your husbands with your love and your encouragement, and the Lord will bless you.  Even if they are not members of the Church, bless them with kindness and reach out to them every good way that you can.  The chances are that they will become members of the Church before they reach the time they die.  It may be a long time and you may have a lot to put up with, but if that happens, you will think it is all worth it. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, from member meeting, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 25, 2002; Church News, January 3, 2994, p. 2

We now move cautiously into the darkening mists of the future.  We hear the  ominous rumbling of the gathering storm.  The narrow places of the past have been a preliminary and a preparatory testing.  The issue of this dispensation now is revealed before us.  It touches the life of every sister.  We do not tremble in fear – for you hold in your gentle hands the light of righteousness.  It blesses the brethren and nourishes our children. . . .

Oh, how powerful the tender, tempering teachings and the disarming wisdom of our sisters can be.  I found the spirit of Relief Society – the whole of it – in the quiet reply of one of your number.

Someone ridiculed her determination to gather her year’s supply.  She had stored enough for herself and her husband, with some to spare for her young married children who were without the means or the space to provide much for themselves.  She told him she did it because the prophets had counseled us to do it.  He chided her, “In the crunch you won’t have it anyway.  What if your leaders call everything in?  You’d have to share it with those who didn’t prepare.  What will you think then?”

“If that should happen,” she said, “at least I will have something to bring.”

God bless you sisters of the Relief Society who bring so much. — Boyd K. Packer, “The Circle of Sisters,” General Relief Society Meeting, October 1980; see Ensign, November 1980, p. 111

I wonder if you sisters fully understand the greatness of your gifts and talents and how all of you can achieve the “highest place of honor” in the Church and in the world. One of your unique, precious, and sublime gifts is your femininity, with its natural grace, goodness, and divinity.  Femininity is not just lipstick, stylish hairdos, and trendy clothes. It is the divine adornment of humanity.  It finds expression in your qualities of your capacity to love, your spirituality, delicacy, radiance, sensitivity, creativity, charm, graciousness, gentleness, dignity, and quiet strength.  It is manifest differently in each girl or woman, but each of you possesses it.  Femininity is part of your inner beauty. 

One of your particular gifts is your feminine intuition.  Do not limit yourselves.  As you seek to know the will of our Heavenly Father in your life and become more spiritual, you will be far more attractive, even irresistible.  You can use your smiling loveliness to bless those you love and all you meet, and spread great joy.  Femininity is part of the God-given divinity within each of you.  It is your incomparable power and influence to do good.  You can, through your supernal gifts, bless the lives of children, women, and men. Be proud of your womanhood.  Enhance it.  Use it to serve others. — President James E. Faust, “Womanhood: The Highest Place of Honor,” Ensign, May 2000, p. 96

Points of advice given by Marjorie Hinckley and her daughter, Virginia Pearce:

First, be yourself.  The world does not need two of one person.  Every person is trying to progress toward the same thing, but cannot do so if they are not themselves.

Second, be excited about learning.  Although Sister Hinckley was not able to attend college, she has continued to read and learn throughout her life and always encourages others to do so.  “Is it worthwhile to be an excellent student?  Yes it is.  God gave you a brain.  Use it!”

Lastly, be kind to everyone.  Since people are all in this life together, they should cheer each other on.  Be kind not just to those who may fail, but also to those who succeed. — Virginia Pearce, Women’s Week Fireside, Ricks College, March 20, 2001

Of this you may be certain:  The Lord especially loves righteous women – women who are not only faithful but filled with faith, women who are optimistic and cheerful because they know who they are and where they are going, women who are striving to live and serve as women of God. — Elder M. Russell Ballard, “Here Am I, Send Me,” BYU Devotional, March 10, 2001, p. 2

You can recognize women who are grateful to be a daughter of God by their outward appearance.  These women understand their stewardship over their bodies and treat them with dignity.  They care for their bodies as they would a holy temple, for they understand the Lord’s teaching:  “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16).  Women who love God would never abuse or deface a temple with graffiti.  Nor would they throw open the doors of that holy, dedicated edifice and invite the world to look on.  How even more sacred is the body, for it was not made by man.  It was formed by God.  We are the stewards, the keepers of the cleanliness and purity with which it came from heaven. . . .

You can recognize women who are grateful to be a daughter of God by their abilities.  They fulfill their divine potential and magnify their God-given gifts.  They are capable, strong women who bless families, serve others, and understand that “the glory of God is intelligence” (D&C 93:36).  They are women who embrace enduring virtues in order to be all that our Father needs them to be. — Margaret D. Nadauld, “The Joy of Womanhood,” Ensign, November 2000, p. 15

Sisters, we as women are not diminished by priesthood power, we are magnified by it.  I know this is true, for I have experienced it again and again. — Sheri Dew, “It Is Not Good for Man or Woman to Be Alone,” Ensign, November 2001, p. 13

Now, finally, I turn again to you dear sisters, you who have such a profound, innate spiritual ability to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.  You need never wonder again if you have worth in the sight of the Lord and to the Brethren in the presiding councils of the Church.  We love you.  We cherish you.  We respect you.  Never doubt that your influence is absolutely vital to preserving the family and to assisting with the growth and spiritual vitality of the Church.  This Church will not reach its foreordained destiny without you.  We men simply cannot nurture like you nurture.  Most of us don’t have the sensitivity – spiritual and otherwise – that by your eternal nature you inherently have.  Your influence on families and with children, with youth, and with men is singular.  You are natural-born nurturers.  Because of these unusual gifts and talents, you are vital to taking the gospel to all the world, to demonstrating that there is joy in living the way the prophets have counseled us to live.

More than ever before we need women of faith, virtue, vision, and charity, as the Relief Society declaration proclaims.  We need women who can hear and who will respond to the voice of the Lord, women who at all costs will defend and protect the family.  We don’t need women who want to be like men, sound like men, dress like men, drive like some men drive, or act like men.  We do need women who rejoice in their womanhood and have a spiritual confirmation of their identity, their value, and their eternal destiny.  Above all, we need women who will stand up for truth and righteousness and decry evil at every turn and simply say, “Lord, here am I, send me.” — Elder M. Russell Ballard, “Here Am I, Send Me,” BYU Devotional, March 10, 2001, p. 8

What will this Church do for a woman?  It will add dignity to her life.  It will add purpose to her life.  It will add an outlook to her life that will not come in any other way.  She will become a member of the great Relief Society organization, an organization of women four million strong, with their own presidency, their own board, their courses of study, their great humanitarian work.  All of these things which become so important and beautiful and wonderful will add development to her life and give her a new outlook and a new purpose. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Cairns, Australia, January 26, 2000; Church News, May 5, 2001, p. 2

“Sister, . . the Church is greatly strengthened by your service.  Your responsibilities are of such import that, should you fail, the brethren would not succeed. — Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Identity, Priority, and Blessings,” Fireside address, September 10, 2000, p. 5

Woman is God’s supreme creation.  Only after the earth had been formed, after the day had been separated from the night, after the waters had been divided from the land, after vegetation and animal life had been created, and after man had been placed on the earth, was woman created; and only then was the work pronounced complete and good.

Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Our Responsibility to Our Young Women,” Ensign, September 1988, p.11

Satan has unleashed a seductive campaign to undermine the sanctity of womanhood, to deceive the daughters of God and divert them from their divine destiny.  He well knows women are the compassionate, self-sacrificing, loving power that binds together the human family.  He would focus their interests solely on their physical attributes and rob them of their exalting roles as wives and mothers.  He has convinced many of the lie that they are third-class citizens in the kingdom of God.  That falsehood has led some to trade their divinely given femininity for male coarseness. . . .

. . . Because it is their nature to give and please others, many women do not realize their intrinsic worth.  That loss makes them vulnerable to those who would convince them that their major role is to be physically appealing. . . .

I know what it is to love a daughter of God who with grace and devotion served with the full feminine splendor of her righteous womanhood.  As a husband, consistently tell your wife how much you love her.  It will bring her great happiness.  As a son, tell your mother how you love her.  It will give her great joy. Let us be grateful to our Father in Heaven for His precious daughters.  Let us help them as much as we can.  Then let us encourage every woman who questions her value to turn to her Heavenly Father and His glorified Son for a supernal confirmation of her immense individual worth.  I testify that as each woman seeks it in faith and obedience, the Savior will continually prompt her through the Holy Ghost.  That guidance will lead her to fulfillment, peace, and a consuming joy through magnifying her divinely appointed, sacred womanhood.  I know the Savior will do that. — Elder Richard G. Scott, “The Sanctity of Womanhood,” Ensign, May 2000, pp. 36, 38

How should those who bear the priesthood treat their wives and the other women in their family?  Our wives need to be cherished. . . .  The Lord values his daughters just as much as he does his sons.  In marriage, neither is superior; each has a different primary and divine responsibility.  Chief among these different responsibilities for wives is the calling of motherhood.  I firmly believe that our dear faithful sisters enjoy a special spiritual enhancement which is inherent in their natures. — President James E. Faust, “Keeping Covenants and Honoring the Priesthood,” Ensign, November 1993, pp. 38-39

Woman is a helpmeet to her husband and may render him more perfect than he otherwise would be.  Woman’s influence can bless a community or a nation to that extent to which she develops her spiritual powers in harmony with the heaven-sent gifts with which she has been endowed by nature. Teachings of the Presidents of the Church, Harold B. Lee, p. 139

 

When we return to our real home, it will be with the “mutual approbation” of those who reign in the “royal courts on high.”  There we will find beauty such as mortal “eye hath not seen”; we will hear sounds of surpassing music which mortal “ear hath not heard.”  Could such a regal homecoming be possible without the anticipatory arrangements of a Heavenly Mother?  (Neal A. Maxwell, General Conference, Ensign, May 1978, pp. 10-11) Doctrine and Covenants Student Manuel, p. 53

To be a righteous woman is a glorious thing in any age.  To be a righteous woman during the winding up scenes on this earth, before the second coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling.  The righteous woman’s strength and influence today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times. She has been placed here to help to enrich, to protect, and to guard the home – which is society’s basic and most noble institution. Other institutions in society may falter and even fail, but the righteous woman can help to save the home, which may be the last and only sanctuary some mortals know in the midst of storm and strife. — President Spencer W. Kimball, “Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters,”Ensign, November 1978; address given at special women’s fireside held in Tabernacle in Salt Lake City on September 16, 1978

Elder Mark E. Petersen wrote:  “To protect himself, Abraham had told Pharaoh that Sarah was his sister, which of course she was.  Had he divulged that she was his wife, he might have been slain.  But as his sister, Pharaoh was willing to buy her at a good price” (Abraham, Friend of God, 69; see also Genesis 20:12; for further discussion of this, see

S. Kent Brown, “Biblical Egypt: Land of Refuge, Land of Bondage,” Ensign, Sept. 1980, pp. 45, 47).

Sarai comes from the root of a word meaning “princess” in Hebrew and “queen” in the Akkadian language. There is no doubt that Sarai was a woman of great spiritual stature. Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained:  “The Lord never sends apostles and prophets and righteous men to minister to his people without placing women of like spiritual stature at their sides.  Adam stands as the great high priest, under Christ, to rule as a natural patriarch over all men of all ages, but he cannot rule alone; Eve, his wife, rules at his side, having like caliber and attainments to his own.  Abraham is tested as few men have been when the Lord commands him to offer Isaac upon the altar (Gen. 22:1–19); and Sarah struggles with like problems when the Lord directs that she withhold from the Egyptians her status as Abraham’s wife.

 . . . And so it goes, in all dispensations and at all times when there are holy men there are also holy women.  Neither stands alone before the Lord. The exaltation of the one is dependent upon that of the other” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3:302). Pearl of Great Price Student Manual, p. 35

We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives.  We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us.  We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something.  We have to learn to be content with what we are. — Marjorie Hinckley

Think about your particular assignment at this time in your life.  It may be to get an education, it may be to rear children, it may be to be a grandparent, it may be to care for an relieve the suffering of someone you love, it may be to do a job in the most excellent way possible, it may be to support someone who has a difficult assignment of their own. Our assignments are varied and they change from time to time.  Don’t take them lightly. Give them your full heart and energy.  Do them with enthusiasm.  Do whatever you have to do this week with your whole heart and soul.  To do less than this will leave you with an empty feeling. — Marjorie Hinckley

We are all in this together.  We need each other.  Oh, how 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 renew our faith every day.  We need to lock arms and help build the kingdom so that it will roll forth and fill the whole earth. — Marjorie Hinckley

In our presidency, we have talked about three lifelong responsibilities that Latter- day Saint women have to help them prepare for the blessings of eternal life.  First, we are to increase faith and personal righteousness.  We have heard much about that at this women’s conference.  Second, we have a responsibility to strengthen families and homes, and third, we have a responsibility to seek out and help those who have needs – any kind of needs.  We are a relief society and that is what we do.  We provide relief from all that hinders the joy and progress of women and all of Heavenly Father’s children. — Julie B. Beck, “Nourishing and Protecting the Family,” BYU Women’s Conference, May 1, 2009

I should like to say a word to the women of the Church, the “first aid” to the Priesthood

in their trials and tribulations.  I marvel that our wives are willing to live with us, with all of our grumblings, failings, and shortcomings. From the beginning the women of the Christian church have shown their surpassing faith

and devotion.  Only one Apostle stood near the Cross while the Christ was crucified, but Mary, the mother, was there, and Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children, and the women that followed Him from Galilee.  It was Mary Magdalene who was first at the tomb when the Sabbath had ended, and to her Christ vouchsafed the first view to mortals of His resurrected body.

From that time until now woman has comforted and nursed the Church.  She has borne more than half the burdens, she has made more than half the sacrifices, she has suffered the most of the heartaches and sorrows.

In the modern Church hers has been the abiding, unquestioning faith, the pure knowledge, that has enheartened the Priesthood and kept it going forward against all odds. Her loving trust, her loyal devotion were the faithful anchor that held when stomps were fiercest.

For all this we are more grateful than we can say.  We humbly ask the Lord to help you sisters in the future as in the past.  We Priesthood need your courage, your steadfastness, your faith, your knowledge, your testimony, to cheer us on, to keep us in the way. — President J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Conference Report, April 1940

Elder Bruce R. McConkie declared in Nauvoo at the dedication of the Monument to Women:  “Where spiritual things are concerned, as pertaining to all of the gifts of the Spirit, with reference to the receipt of revelation, the gaining of testimonies, and the seeing of visions, in all matters that pertain to godliness and holiness and which are brought to pass as a result of personal righteousness – in all these things men and women stand in a position of absolute equality before the Lord.  He is no respecter of persons nor of sexes, and he blesses those men and those women who seek him and serve him and keep his commandments.” — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Ensign, January 1979, p. 61

To you wives and mothers who work to maintain stable homes where there is an environment of love and respect and appreciation I say, the Lord bless you.  Regardless of your circumstances, walk with faith. Rear your children in light and truth.  Teach them to pray while they are young.  Read to them from the scriptures even though they may not understand all that you read.  Teach them to pay their tithes and offerings on the first money they ever receive.  Let this practice become a habit in their lives.  Teach your sons to honor womanhood.  Teach your daughters to walk in virtue.  Accept responsibility in the Church, and trust in the Lord to make you equal to any call you may receive.  Your example will set a pattern for your children. Reach out in love to those in distress and need. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Stand Strong against the Wiles of the World,” Ensign, November 1995, p. 99

You are doing God’s work. You are doing it wonderfully well. He is blessing you, and He will bless you, even – no, especially – when your days and your nights may be most challenging. Like the woman who anonymously, meekly, perhaps even with hesitation and some embarrassment, fought her way through the crowd just to touch the hem of the Master’s garment, so Christ will say to the women who worry and wonder and weep over their responsibility as mothers, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.”  And it will make your children whole as well. — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

 

I stress again the deep need each woman has to study the scriptures.  We want our homes to be blessed with sister scriptorians – whether you are single or married, young or old, widowed or living in a family. Regardless of your particular circumstances, as you become more and more familiar with the truths of the scriptures, you will be more and more effective in keeping the second great commandment, to love your neighbor as yourself.  Become scholars of the scriptures – not to put others down, but to lift them up!  After all, who has any greater need to “treasure up” the truths of the gospel (on which they may call in their moments of need) than do women and mothers who do so much nurturing and teaching? — President Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, November 1979, p. 102

Every virtuous woman desires a husband to whom she can look for guidance and protection through this world.  God has placed this desire in woman’s nature.  It should be respected by the stronger sex.  Any man who takes advantage of this, and humbles a daughter of Eve, to rob her of her virtue, and cast her off dishonored and defiled, is her destroyer, and is responsible to God for the deed.  If the refined Christian society of the nineteenth century will tolerate such a crime, God will not; but he will call the perpetrator to an account. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 11:268

Many of the sisters grieve because they are not blessed with offspring.  You will see the time when you will have millions of children around you.  If you are faithful to your covenants, you will be mothers of nations. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 8:208

 

There are people fond of saying that women are the weaker instruments, but I don’t believe it. Physically they may be, but spiritually, morally, religiously, and in faith, what man can match a woman who is really converted to the gospel!  Women are more willing to make sacrifices than are men, more patient in suffering, more earnest in prayer.  They are the peers and often superior to men in resilience, in goodness, in morality, and in faith. — President Hugh B. Brown, Relief Society Conference, September 29, 1965

I have a word to say to my sisters. When I reflect upon the duties and responsibilities devolving upon our mothers and sisters, and the influence they wield, I look upon them as the mainspring and soul of our being here.  It is true that man is first.  Father Adam was placed here as king of the earth, to bring it into subjection.  But when Mother Eve came she had a splendid influence over him.  A great many have thought it was not very good; I think it was excellent. Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 199

My dear sisters, your Heavenly Father loves you – each of you.  That love never changes.  It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities.  It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you deserve love. It is simply always there. — President Thomas S. Monson, “We Never Walk Alone,” General Relief Society Meeting, September 28, 2013

Esther, a Jewess in the Old Testament, saved her people.  When the Jews were in captivity, Esther was married to King Ahasuerus.  The king signed a decree that all Jews were to be put to death.  Esther’s cousin Mordecai urged her to intercede with the king on behalf of her people by saying to her, “Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  (Esther 4:14)  Esther, at the peril of her own life, pled with the king that her people should be spared.  The king listened to her entreaty, and they were saved.  One woman can make a great difference, even for a nation. — President James E. Faust, General Conference, April 2003