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During the women’s session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, Oct. 5, Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, the Young Women general president announced changes to that program.

“Tonight, I would like to announce a revision to the Young Women theme,” she said.

The new theme is as follows:

I am a beloved daughter of heavenly parents, with a divine nature and eternal destiny.

As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I strive to become like Him. I seek and act upon personal revelation and minister to others in His holy name.

I will stand as a witness of God at all times and in all things and in all places.

As I strive to qualify for exaltation, I cherish the gift of repentance and seek to improve each day. With faith, I will strengthen my home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, and receive the ordinances and blessings of the holy temple.

Sister Cordon issued the invitation to “study and ponder these words. I know as you do, you will gain a testimony of their truthfulness.”

She also announced changes to Young Women classes. 

“Beginning immediately, we invite Young Women leaders and bishops to prayerfully consider the needs of each young woman and organize them by age according to the ward’s specific circumstances,” Sister Cordon said. 

Furthermore, the names of Beehive, Mia Maid and Laurel will be retired, and all classes will be referred to as Young Women.

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No matter how classes are organized, each class should have a class presidency, she added, the role and purpose of which has been strengthened. “It is by divine design that young women are called to lead in their youth,” she said.

Women listen as President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, not pictured, speaks during the women's session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.
Women listen as President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, not pictured, speaks during the women’s session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Credit: Colter Peterson, Deseret News

“How I yearn for you to understand that the restoration of the priesthood is just as relevant to you as a woman as it is to any man,” said President Russell M. Nelson in his remarks.

He then invited the women to “study prayerfully all the truths you can find about priesthood power.” He suggested beginning with Doctrine and Covenants sections 84 and 107, in addition to section 25.

“As your understanding increases and as you exercise faith in the Lord and His priesthood power, your ability to draw upon this spiritual treasure that the Lord has made available to you will increase,” he said.

He also emphasized the importance of temple blessings.

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“As the Church grows, more temples will be built so that more families can have access to that greatest of all blessings, that of eternal life,” President Nelson said.

He announced eight new temples to be built in Freetown, Sierra Leone; Orem, Utah; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Bentonville, Arkansas; Bacolod, Philippines; McAllen, Texas; Coban, Guatemala; and Taylorsville, Utah.

Mckinlei Drummond, red hat, takes notes while Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, not pictured, speaks during the women's session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.
Mckinlei Drummond, red hat, takes notes while Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, not pictured, speaks during the women’s session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Credit: Colter Peterson, Deseret News

“As we have discussed here tonight, you sisters are vital to the work of the temple, and the temple is where you will receive your highest spiritual treasures.”

President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring, first and second counselors in the First Presidency, and Sister Reyna Isabel Aburto of the Relief Society general presidency and Sister Lisa Harkness of the Primary general presidency, also spoke during the session.

Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president, conducted the meeting, with President Nelson presiding. Sister Salote Tukuafu, Primary general board member, and Sister Carol Costley, Young Women general board member, offered the invocation and benediction respectively.

Music was provided by a choir of Primary girls and young women from stakes in West Jordan, Utah. Kasey Bradbury directed with Linda Margetts at the organ.

Anna Whiteley, right, and her daughter Jade Whiteley, 8, enjoy the waterfall before the general women's session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.
Anna Whiteley, right, and her daughter Jade Whiteley, 8, enjoy the waterfall before the general women’s session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Credit: Colter Peterson, Deseret News