SALT LAKE CITY -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has kicked off its spring General Conference, which is a huge, twice-a-year event that impacts members of the LDS Church around the world.
LDS women across the globe turned their eyes to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City Saturday evening for the general women’s session.
Thousands turned out to attend the session in person and to hear messages of faith and see those who are well-respected in the LDS Church deliver talks.
Several speakers took the podium, including President Henry B. Eyring. He talked about love, service and growing closer to the Savior.
“You will pray about it, trusting that God will lead you to do the good He wants for them,” he said. “As such, prayers become a pattern in your life, you and others will be changed for the better.”
Attendees also listened to the choir sing in between the messages, as the women experienced fellowship and worshiped together.
“Being here you get the energy of all the other women,” said Stephanie Brockbank, who attended with her daughter, sister and nieces. “It's just so wonderful to be in the building and to feel of the spirit, and to know that you’re surrounded by women of faith. It’s the best.”
For some, it’s about answering soul-seeking questions or prayers only they know deep down inside.
“Just been looking for some answers with what I need to do more in my life, and this was exactly what I needed,” said session attendee Halie Augustus.
This session provided many with the right answer. The words spoken soothed the souls.
“The line that really got me was, ‘Live truth fearlessly,’” Augustus said.
The women filed back out after the conference ended, the messages and talks ingrained in their minds, as they prepared to carry on their lives and their faith.
“We all have problems and struggles, and trials that we go through in life,” attendee Andee Devore said. “Being here together with all of these women who are so strong and who have faith, and know that they can make a difference: It’s a really amazing feeling, very powerful feeling, to know that we're all in this together and we’re here to serve each other.”
After Saturday evening’s general women’s session, General Conference will pick back up the weekend of April 2 and 3.