Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society general president from 2002-2007, wanted women to feel the love of the Lord daily. She taught that making and keeping covenants to serve God and His children helps us feel His love and find joy and peace. Join us as we discuss Parkin's life and teachings with Jenny Reeder, a women's history specialist in the Church History Department and co-editor of "At the Pulpit," a collection of discourses given by Latter-day Saint women from 1831-2016.
"Covenants—or binding promises between us and Heavenly Father—are essential for our eternal progression. Step by step, he tutors us to become like him by enlisting us in his work. At baptism we covenant to love him with all our hearts and love our sisters and brothers as ourselves. In the temple we further covenant to be obedient, selfless, faithful, honorable, charitable. We covenant to make sacrifices and consecrate all that we have. Forged through priesthood authority, our kept covenants bring blessings to fill our cups to overflowing. How often do you reflect that your covenants reach beyond mortality and connect you to the Divine? Making covenants is the expression of a willing heart; keeping covenants, the expression of a faithful heart." - Bonnie D. Parkin