Young Women, Arise and Shine!

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“Young Women, Arise and Shine!” Liahona, Jan. 2012, 52

Young Women, Arise and Shine!

This year’s Mutual theme is a call for you to be a leader. It is a call for you to lead out in purity, modesty, and holiness. It is a call to change the world!

When you became part of the Young Women organization, you were given a gold-and-white torch necklace to wear as a reminder that as a young woman in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you will stand for truth and righteousness and arise and let your light shine forth to the world. That means you will be true to your divine identity as a precious daughter of God. It means you will strive to stand as a witness of Him and of the Savior “at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9).

We hope that this year you will wear your torch necklace proudly to remind yourself that you are an example to those around you. You will “shine forth” as you pray daily, read in the Book of Mormon, obey the standards in For the Strength of Youth, and smile. We know that as you keep the commandments and live the standards found in For the Strength of Youth, you will radiate joy and qualify to be guided by the Holy Ghost. This guidance will enable each of you to make choices that will help you be worthy to receive a temple recommend.

As a Young Women general presidency, we testify that as you do these things, the Savior will be there to light your path. He promises, “I will also be your light … ; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; … and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led” (1 Nephi 17:13).