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Thousands will gather for annual Women's Conference April 28-29

Cosponsored by the Relief Society

Women from across the country will gather at Brigham Young University Thursday and Friday, April 28-29, to participate in the annual Women's Conference, co-sponsored by the General Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Speakers featured at this year's conference include Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf with his wife Harriet Uchtdorf, Elder F. Melvin Hammond and his wife Bonnie Hammond, Elder F. Burton Howard, Young Women's General President Susan W. Tanner, members of the new General Primary Presidency, former TV anchor Jane Clayson Johnson and Deseret Book president Sheri Dew.

This year's conference offers more than 200 presenters in nearly 100 sessions for women to attend. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. both days and will feature sessions at locations throughout campus.

Some of the presenters will tackle topics that affect many women's lives, including depression, mental illness, pornography, suicide and anger management, according to Sandra Rogers, BYU international vice president and Women's Conference chair.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to perform service during the conference at the "Let Your Light So Shine" activity Thursday night.

Women participating in the service project will assemble 45,000 hygiene kits, 13,400 school kits and 6,500 new born kits for Church Humanitarian Services.

The "Let Your Light So Shine" evening will also feature booths providing information on practical and fun ways for strengthening the family through service.

Thursday night entertainment options include the Deseret Book Artists Sampler featuring prominent LDS musicians, BYU's popular American Piano Quartet and vocalist Camille Cook.

Service learning rooms where participants can listen to conference sessions while performing service projects will be available both days.

A panel will speak on the Restoration at the Friday morning general session. General Relief Society President Bonnie D. Parkin will moderate the panel consisting of Kristen Oaks, wife of Elder Dallin H. Oaks; Susan Bednar, wife of Elder David A. Bednar; and Jean S. Groberg, wife of Elder John H. Groberg.

All of the general sessions will be translated in Spanish along with six other concurrent sessions delivered in Spanish during the conference.

Registration for the conference is $45 for the full conference and $25 for a one-day pass. Registration can only be completed in person at the Harman Continuing Education Building lobby northeast of the Marriott Center, or on April 28 and 29 at the Marriott Center outdoor ticket booths.

Parking for the conference will be available adjacent to the Marriott Center, and courtesy vans will be available to transport participants to campus sites with preference given to seniors and those with disabilities.

Free registration for BYU faculty, staff and students and their spouses is available. Registration may be completed at the Harman Building lobby weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will receive a name badge and conference program upon registration. Please note that name badges will be issued only in the name of the BYU ID cardholder.

Eight hours of the conference will be broadcast Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, from 2 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 10 p.m. MDT on the Church satellite system in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. It can also be viewed at those times on the BYU-Television satellite network and at byubroadcasting.org.

For more information on the conference, visit womensconference.byu.edu.

Writer: Rebekah Hanson

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