“Tonight, I would like to announce a revision to the Young Women theme,” she said.
The new theme is as follows:
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.