"Covenant Women," Opening Address at BYU Women's Conference 2015.
|Being a speaker at this year's conference, I got to sit on the second row on the Marriott Center floor during Sister Nelson's inspired address. I can still remember the electric feeling there. I absolutely love hearing her speak!|
I keep waiting until the full talk is available online before I blog about this, but I can't wait any longer. It's too good!
- Here is a summary in the Church News.
- Here is a summary in The Digital Universe, a BYU online newspaper.
- The full talk will be broadcast on BYUTV on Sunday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m.
- Maybe after it's shown on BYUTV, then they will post it online, I hope with the transcript so I can read, mark, study, and share it!
- And below is a 4 minute summary video.
Here is a four minute summary video.
Here are my favorite highlights. These are not quotes - just from my handwritten notes.
When the Lord knows we're serious about learning more, He will teach us more.
When Sister Nelson heard Elder Holland say in 2010, "Ask for angels to help you," those six words changed her life and her prayers. Ask for angels to be dispatched to those you love. If you need help from heaven, then keep your covenants with more exactness, and then ask for angels to help you.
Several things she learned since she started immersing herself in family history:
- They are not dead. They are very much alive, and not all that excited about being called dead.
- They are eager, actually desperate, to make covenants with God.
- We are the only Church on the planet with power and authority to do this.
- Family history is really fun. Brings more joy, meaning to your life.
She invited us to repeat (in our minds, not aloud) the words of the various covenants we make. Learn and memorize them. Even during times when we can't get to the temple, the temple can go through us.
Imagine the Savior to be the one blessing the bread and offering it, looking directly into our eyes, asking, "Are you willing?"
She spoke of giving a group of frazzled young mothers a 21 day challenge to make a sacrifice to the Lord by increasing time in family history and temple work every day. Although it sounds counter intuitive and even cruel, it worked. These young mothers felt happier, relief, a weight taken off, decreased stress, more patience, more time for what matters most, one even stopped taking her anxiety medication.
When covenant women keep their covenants, they have greater access to the power of God that flows into them.