An Invitation to the Young Women
January 2009

“An Invitation to the Young Women,” New Era, Jan. 2009

An Invitation to Young Women

Young Women general presidency

Elaine S. Dalton (center), president; Mary N. Cook (left), first counselor; and Ann M. Dibb, second counselor.

Being an “example of the believers” is not easy. It takes daily effort to remember who we are and what believers do. We would like to invite you to do three things every day that can give you strength and help you be an example to your family and friends. As a presidency, we are doing these things—100 percent of the time. Would you be willing to join with us?

First, pray every day.

Second, read the Book of Mormon every day for at least five minutes.

Third, smile every day.

We invite you to smile because you are on the earth at this incredible time when the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. You have been taught by a prophet of God that the good people of the world will be drawn to you to the degree that you “are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways.”1

Think what would happen if thousands of young women like yourself did these three things daily!

Many of life’s lasting successes are built on a foundation of doing small things consistently over a long period of time. These three things are small and simple, but remember, “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6). We know you will discover the blessings of doing these three things daily. And if you forget one day, you can start again the next day.

We testify that if you will pray, read the Book of Mormon, and smile daily, you will be blessed for your efforts and you will be an example of the believers—a young woman who can make a difference in the world.


  1. Spencer W. Kimball, “The Role of Righteous Women,” Ensign, Nov. 1979, 104.