LAIE, Hawaii Some 800 women gathered on the campus of BYU-Hawaii April 27-28 for the annual BYU-Hawaii Women's Conference. During the conference, at which participants assembled 100 baby kits, 42 speakers presented 47 sessions.
Giving a keynote address to the gathering was Sister Mary Ellen Smoot, general Relief Society president. "As sisters in the most important women's organization in the world, we must ask ourselves, 'What can I do to help build up Zion?' " Sister Smoot asked.
In her opening remarks, Sister Smoot shared statistics that demonstrate the diversity and magnitude of Relief Society. "Relief Society now includes 4,750,000 women in 165 countries and territories around the world, but we share the same faith, the same baptism and are supported by the same Lord.
"Just look around and see the women of God in our midst. Right here in this room and wherever I travel, I see Relief Society Sisters whose leadership skills could surpass many executives in the world. Noble women like you who have chosen to help build Zion, who create an atmosphere of love, unity and sisterhood no mater where you are. It's a miracle."
Sister Smoot focused on four ways to help build Zion in every ward, stake, branch and district in the Church. Those four ways include strengthening homes and families, showing by example that Relief Society members are women of God, increasing faith through knowledge and serving others.