I am very pleased to welcome you to the 2018 BYU Women’s Conference. We are delighted and grateful that you are here. We are thankful for the co-sponsorship and support of the Relief Society in planning the conference. We hope that your experience here will be refreshing, uplifting, and fortifying.
The theme this year is “Strengthen One Another in the Lord.” We are aware of numerous scriptural entreaties to act in charity, to love one another as we love the Lord. We are also taught to bring each other to Christ. We hope in the sessions you attend at women’s conference this year you will learn more about how we can strengthen each other in the Lord (see Alma 15:18); how to build in others, through our relationships and interactions, a deeper faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice; and how to also build our own spiritual strength on the foundation of Jesus Christ and “be strong in the power of His might” (see Ephesians 6:10). The philosophies of the world can often lead people to think we can rely on something that differs from the gospel and from prophetic counsel (see the story of Korihor in Alma 30). Our goal in this conference is to help us help ourselves and others to remain steadfastly on the rock of Jesus Christ (Helaman 5:12).
We hope that you will take the opportunity to enjoy the many service opportunities that are available throughout the conference. We especially draw your attention to our Thursday evening service event where your time will be put to such good use. We thank our friends at Deseret Book for providing another entertaining and inspiring concert for you on Thursday evening.
I express my gratitude to all who have had a part in planning, preparing, presenting, and supporting women’s conference in any way. We are all blessed by the dedication and service of so many.
We are especially grateful for you. You bring a spirit of goodness and hope, of friendship and caring to the conference. We pray that you will enjoy the many opportunities of the 2018 Women’s Conference.