Women have ability to unify

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women general president, described the words inscribed in gold capital letters on the wall of the Assembly Hall of the original Nauvoo Temple: "THE LORD HAS BEHELD OUR SACRIFICE, COME AFTER US."

Sister Tanner, addressing the afternoon general session of the BYU Women's Conference May 1, added: "They had sacrificed everything to build this temple and to make these covenants. They hoped that others would follow."

Covenant-making and covenant-keeping people are happy, she said, "because the love of God did dwell in their hearts. This love of God or charity is the transforming love from God, an indebted love for God and love for each other like God loves."

Sister Tanner said women have the ability to be the unified soul who can help to unify the Church and strengthen communities. She shared examples of influential righteous women, including the mothers of the 2,000 stripling warriors whose story is told in Alma 53; the mother of the Prophet Joseph Smith; and her husband's third-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Haven Barlow, who crossed the plains, had a 6-year-old daughter kidnapped by Indians, struggled to survive while her husband served a mission, and served as Relief Society president for 31 years.

"With each of these women, 'the Lord has beheld their sacrifice,' and we are invited — in fact it is our duty — to 'come after [them].' "