April 2022 Women’s Session Talk Summaries

The women’s session of the April 2022 general conference featured five speakers. Summaries of each talk are below.

Watch the full session from Saturday night now.

President Dallin H. Oaks: Introductory Message from the First Presidency

In brief remarks to open the session, President Oaks said that the Saturday night sessions of general conference have a history of differing purposes and audiences.

“Tonight we add to that history as we embark on a new purpose and procedure for the foreseeable future,” said President Oaks. “The gospel of Jesus Christ does not change. The doctrine of the gospel does not change. Our personal agreements do not change. But over the years, the meetings we hold to communicate our messages change, and it’s very likely that they will continue to change over the years.”

The focus of this session, she added, is the concerns of Latter-day Saint women.

“What we are launching here responds to the communication resources currently available to the leadership and membership of the Lord’s Church throughout the world,” said President Oaks. “The doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone, so that is our main reason and scope of dissemination. We honor the daughters of God in this special session by focusing on their concerns and those of their organizations.”

President Oaks concluded by invoking a blessing “upon the leaders of these organizations and upon the faithful women and girls who serve the Lord in these organizations and in their individual lives.”

Sister Susan H. Porter: Lessons by the Well

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Sister Susan H. Porter, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency, speaks during the Saturday evening session of general conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 2, 2022. 2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Five years ago, as Sister Porter of the Primary general presidency mourned the death of her husband, she prayed to God for guidance. A few weeks later, she was struck by a picture of the Samaritan woman at the well with Jesus. “What it’s what you’re supposed to do,” the Holy Spirit told him. She said that she was being invited to come to Jesus and learn.

Sister Porter shared three lessons she is learning since following that advice: 1) our past and present do not determine our future; 2) we have power to do good; and 3) even small acts of kindness are meaningful.

“Even if you feel alone as the storms of life rage, you can shine a light in the darkness of misunderstanding, confusion, and unbelief,” Sister Porter said. “The light of your faith in Christ may be constant and sure, guiding those around you to safety and peace. Sisters, hearts can be changed and lives can be blessed when we offer a pinch of salt, a spoonful of leaven, and a ray of light.”

Sister Rebecca L. Craven: Do What Matters Most

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Sister Rebecca L. Craven, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, speaks during the Saturday evening session of general conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 2, 2022. 2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Sister Craven of the Young Women general presidency said, “Being a disciple of Jesus Christ involves more than just hoping or believing. It requires effort, movement and commitment.” She encouraged women to “shine the light of our gospel throughout the world by stepping up and standing out.”

Sister Craven encouraged the women to focus on the essentials that will bring lasting joy. Echoing some of Sister Porter’s advice, Sister Craven urged women to see deeper meaning in what may seem like small offerings of service on an individual level.

“Let us not underestimate our ability to do the things that matter most,” Sister Craven said. “Our divine heritage gives us courage and confidence to do and be all that our loving Heavenly Father knows we can be.”

President Jean B. Bingham: Covenants with God Strengthen, Protect, and Prepare Us for Eternal Glory

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President Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, addresses the evening session of the 192nd Annual General Conference on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, April 2, 2022. 2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

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The outgoing General President of the Church’s Relief Society (she will end her service on August 1, 2022; see this article) compared the covenants Latter-day Saints make with God in temples to rock climbing. In rappelling, she said, the anchor bolt must be in place and you must rely on a climbing partner to apply tension to the rope as you descend.

“With Jesus Christ as our perfect anchor and companion, we are assured of His loving strength in trial and eventual deliverance through Him,” Sister Bingham said. “The spiritual equipment that keeps us from being broken on the rocks of adversity is our testimony of Jesus Christ and the covenants we make.”

Sister Bingham said that we are never beyond the healing reach of the Savior. But she, she emphasized, “each of us must put on the harness and make sure the knots are tied properly. We must choose to be anchored to the Savior, to be bound to Him by our covenants.”

Elder Dale G. Renlund: His Divine Nature and Eternal Destiny

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Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday evening session of general conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 2, 2022. 2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Elder Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invited women to center their lives on Jesus Christ and remember the foundational truths found in the Young Women theme of the Church.

“The profound doctrine taught in the Young Women theme is important for young women, but it applies to all of us, even those of us who are not young women,” Elder Renlund said.

The opening topic sentence reminds women that they are daughters of heavenly parents. This, said the Apostle, is one of the distinctive beliefs of the Church. He said that what is known about Heavenly Mother is summarized in this Gospel Topics essay. “Once you’ve read what’s in there, you’ll know everything I know about it,” Elder Renlund said. “I wish I knew more. You may also have questions and want to find more answers. Seeking greater understanding is an important part of our spiritual development, but be careful. Reason cannot replace revelation.”

Elder Renlund discussed other aspects of the Young Women theme: the divine nature of women, our eternal destiny, the importance of becoming like Jesus, the need to always be a witness for God, and the gift of overcoming daily staff.

“All members of the Church are needed as God’s witnesses,” he said. “Imagine a soccer game where only the goalkeeper guards the goal. Without the help of the other players on the team, the goalkeeper will not be able to adequately defend the goal and the team will always lose. So too, everyone is needed on the Lord’s team.”

The Apostle encouraged the women to focus on the Atonement of Christ, which allows everyone to “repent, learn from our mistakes and not be condemned by them.”

“Our Heavenly Father wants you to become His heir and receive all that He has,” Elder Renlund concluded. “He can’t offer you more. He can’t promise you more. He loves you more than you know and he wants you to be happy in this life and in the life to come.”

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A video shown during the women’s session repeated words from President Russell M. Nelson’s October 2015 general conference address, “A Plea to My Sisters.”

The video, which explains the role of women covenant keepers, begins with President Spencer W. Kimball speaking in a 1979 address that his wife, Sister Camilla Kimball, read to the women of the Church while he was in the hospital.

“Much of the increased growth the Church is experiencing in the last days will be because many of the good women of the world (in whom there is often an inner sense of spirituality) will be drawn to the Church in great numbers, ”, Sister Kimball read. “This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulation in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different, in happy ways, from the women of the world.”

The video then quoted President Nelson explaining that the day President Kimball foresaw is today: “You are the women he foresaw! Your virtue, light, love, knowledge, courage, character, faith, and righteous lives will draw good women of the world, along with their families, to the Church in unprecedented numbers!”

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