Sheri L. Dew

 "Two are usually better than one, as our Father confirmed when he declared that "it was not good that the man should be alone" and made a helpmeet for Adam.

"Satan understands the power of men and women united in righteousness . . . Thus, Satan seeks to confuse us about our stewardship and distinctive natures as men and women. He bombards us with bizarre messages about gender, marriage, family and all male/female relationships. He would have us believe men and women are so alike that our unique gifts are not necessary or so different we can never hope to understand each other. Neither is true.

"Neither man nor woman is perfect or complete without the other. Thus no marriage or family, no ward or stake, is likely to reach its full potential until husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, men and women, work together in unity of purpose, respecting and relying upon each other's strengths.

"Some of us encounter life circumstances that are less than ideal. I understand this. I personally deal with this. (Sister Dew has never married.) Yet, my dear young friends . . . I must tell you that your understanding of this divine pattern will affect your marriage, your family, your ability to help build the kingdom and your eternal life.

"Sisters, we as women are not diminished by priesthood power, we are magnified by it.

"Look to the Lord and not to the world for your ideas and ideals about men and women . . . Lift each other and together you will be able to lift the beautiful burdens of mortality and have glory added upon your heads forever."