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Ten inspiring thoughts from Women's Conference 2020

BYU Women’s Conference this year was a combination of live-streamed and pre-recorded addresses and musical numbers featuring several BYU administrators, faculty and staff. Here are some inspiring thoughts shared on the central theme of "Gather All Safely in Christ."

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Lita Little Giddins (College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences Dean's Office) sings "Someday He Will Come," accompanied by Tyler Castleton.


1.Sister Lisa L. Harkness
Sister-to-Sister Conversation

"Our struggles do not define our potential as children of God. When we return to His presence, we will be whole, fully capable and free from our present mortal afflictions."


2. Kate Holbrook
The Continuing Restoration and the Gathering of Israel

"Revelation is not the same as an instruction manual, it is more like a treasure map. It can be slow, spotty and take a while to figure out. Revelation is a process … I have found that when you stick with it, you can find treasure."

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Sandra Rogers, BYU International Vice President + Chair of BYU Women's Conference

3. Sandra Rogers
Gather All Safely in Christ

"I believe the Lord sees our cares and will give us strength as we climb this 2020 version of a pioneer rocky ridge. If there are blessing from this pandemic, and I believe there are many, they come because as Paul promised, 'All things work together for the good of them that love the Lord.'"

4. Sister Becky Craven
Sister-to-Sister Conversation

"If we turn to Him, He will help us know where to find the help that we need, whether that is for ourselves or for someone who is in need of our help."

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Sister to Sister Conversation — Sister Becky Craven (top left), Sister Tracy Browning (top right), Sister Reyna I. Aburto (bottom left), Sister Lisa L. Harkness (bottom right)

5. Sister Reyna I. Aburto
Sister-to-Sister Conversation

"We need to treat everyone like they are carrying a heavy burden because there is a chance it is the truth. We are all trying, and we all have something to contribute. Church is a place to gather together, one by one, all things in Christ."

6. Rosemary Thackeray
The Lord Knows You and is Aware of You

“I would like to share four truths that can help us respond to Christ’s invitation to gather to Him and increase our ability to gather scattered Israel as we prepare the world for the Savior’s Second Coming: He knows you, He hears you, He sees you and He loves you.”

Rosemary Thackeray
Rosemary Thackeray, BYU Assistant to the President for Planning and Assessment

7. Sister Jean B. Bingham
Gathering Together in the Latter Days

"When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world. You have done and can do magnificent things one step at a time with the Lord’s help. A waterfall starts but with one drop, and look what becomes of that. One by one, over time, we can accomplish great things one step at a time."

8. Sister Sharon Eubank
Gathering Together in the Latter Days

"At first glance, you would think that a global pandemic would make ministering harder. But, in fact, it has simply brought out our creativity in new ways. Something extraordinary is not going to be stopped by a little social distancing."

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Gaylamarie Rosenberg, adjunct faculty in Religious Education

9. Gaylamarie Rosenberg
Gather to Be Perfected but Not Perfect

“Feelings of inadequacy must not prevent us from pressing forward. They are often the very means by which we open our hearts and seek our Savior’s companionship.”

10. Maria Luisa
Taking Time to Talk: Communication in Marriage

"I have learned in my 45 years of marriage that the way you communicate with your spouse has an effect upon your heart as well as your mind. Indeed, it can determine your entire outlook on life itself. The manner in which you communicate with each other can determine how you will resolve conflict, forge deep emotional connections and strengthen the bonds of your marital relationship."

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