I am delighted to welcome you to the 2019 BYU Women's Conference. We are grateful to have you here and thank you for bringing a spirit of goodness and faith to the Conference. We are especially grateful for the co-sponsorship and support of the Relief Society in every aspect of the conference. We pray that as you enjoy the many opportunities of the 2019 Women's Conference you will be refreshed, encouraged, and uplifted.
The theme this year is found in Ether 12:41 which is an invitation from Moroni "to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written" so that "the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost….may be and abide in you forever." In a time when we long for peace, assurance, comfort, guidance, and strength, our conference theme encourages us "to seek this Jesus." One of the great hymns of the Restoration, included in the first Church hymnbook, reminds us that Jesus has said, "Fear not, I am with thee; oh be not dismayed, for I am thy God and will still give thee aid." (Hymn 85) Our hope is that Women's Conference this year will be a time when each of us can know deep in our hearts that He will not forget us, because, as He has told us, "I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands." (1 Nephi 21:16)
We encourage you to take advantage of the many service opportunities that are available throughout the conference, especially our Thursday evening service event. We thank you in advance for all that you will do. We also appreciate our friends at Deseret Book for providing another entertaining and inspiring concert for you on Thursday evening.
We are blessed by those who have worked, planned, prepared, and support Women's Conference in any way. And we are blessed to have you gathered with us this year.