God always loves his children despite their flaws and trials, said President Dieter F. Utchdorf at the general women’s meeting on Sept. 27. Other speakers talked about the blessing of temple covenants and the importance of daily working towards making and keeping covenants.
“He [God] is not waiting to love you until you have overcome your weaknesses and bad habits,” said President Uchtdorf. “He loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles.”
President Uchtdorf encouraged the audience to obey God’s commandments, “even the ones that appear difficult.”
“Heavenly Father is constantly raining blessings upon us. It is our fear, doubt and sin that, like an umbrella, block these blessings from reaching us,” said President Uchtdorf.
“By choosing Heavenly Father’s path you lay a divine foundation for your personal progress as a daughter of God that will bless you throughout your life,” he said. “His commandments are the loving instructions and the divine help for us to close the umbrella, so we can receive the shower of heavenly blessings.”
Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, focused her talk on being prepared to receive “sacred temple blessings.” She said, “World-class athletes and university doctoral students spend hours and days and weeks and months and even years of preparation,” explained Sister Burton. “Those who wish to qualify for exaltation … are expected to live a higher standard of obedience.”
“It is my prayer that for us, going to the temple will be much more than a one-time event,” said Sister Burton.
Commenting on Sister Burton’s talk, Sara Beth Stocked, a sophomore in elementary education from Utah, said Burton “talked about being prepared for the covenants and used the parable of the ten virgins. Every time we go to sacrament meeting, take the sacrament, and every time we give up cravings or temptations, we are adding a drop of oil into our own lamps.”