Recently, the Church made over 50 discourses from Latter-day Saint women available online for free. The discourses were featured in the book “At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women,” compiled by Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook.
Here are some of our favorite truths and doctrines from some of the discourses available to read for free.
Where is your confidence in God? Do you know that all things are in his hands? He made all things and still rules over them, and how easy a thing it would be with God if every Saint here would just lift their desires to him in prayer that the way might be opened before us. How easy would it be for God to cause the ice to break away, and in a moment’s time we could be off on our journey; but how can you expect the Lord to prosper you when you are continually murmuring against him? – Lucy Mack Smith (1831)
We have to make sacrifices, but if done in meekness, with an eye single to the glory of God, we will never fail to reap a rich reward.- Drusilla D. Hendricks (1871)
Our religion is not a fable; it is a reality. And if we live it so as to have the Spirit of God in our hearts, no matter what we are called to pass through, God is with us to comfort and strengthen us. – Eliza R. Snow (1872)
With the eyes and senses of our physical self, we are in correspondence with our physical surroundings; with our spiritual eyes and senses awakened and cultivated, we come into communion with infinitude. – Sarah M. Kimball (1895)
I know that prayer can lift the greatest burdens and rest the weary. Nothing else can give such perfect relief. Even the falling of a tear is prayer. There are times in the lives of all when we need extra strength and comfort. Be not discouraged in praying again and again for the same thing. God understands our needs, and he will bless us in his own way. – Ann M. Cannon (1901)
I think that I am one of the happiest girls in all the world, and it is the gospel that makes me feel this way, for I do know that the gospel is true. – Rachel H. Leatham (1908)
Let us show our young people the glory of righteousness, rather than the hideousness of sin, that the living of gospel law brings lasting joy and peace rather than the anguish that follows the wasted life. – Emma N. Goddard (1918)
In our homes let us not hold grudges one toward another, but seek and pray daily to find a way to forgive one another, remembering that forgiveness is like mercy. – Jennie Brimhall Knight (1924)
One of the most glorious principles of life is that we can always rise above our present level. How discouraging life would be if once we found ourselves involved in unworthy conduct we could not lift ourselves up and out and on to better ways, but we do not have to remain as we are. Each day offers a fresh beginning. – Leone O. Jacobs (1949)
Beautiful are the bonds of sisterhood! Uplifting are the ties of friendship. Glorious is the work of thousands of sisters unified in righteous purpose. Humbling is the realization that it is the Lord’s work we are to do.- Louise W. Madsen (1962)