"Have you ever felt ordinary, maybe even less than average?" Bingham asked. "You have probably experienced times of self-doubt and discouragement [but] know that your Heavenly Father will provide all that you need to become extraordinary as a daughter of God."
Newly installed leaders of the LDS Church's all-female Relief Society encouraged Mormon women Friday to look beyond their perceived personal limitations to embrace their divinely ordained potential.
Speaking at Brigham Young University's annual Women's Conference in Provo, General President Jean B. Bingham acknowledged that she "felt a bit intimidated" when she was named earlier this year to head the 6 million-strong, 175-year-old global women's organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"Those of you who know me know my story is quite ordinary," she smiled. "Growing up, I was not the top student in any class. I cannot boast of any expert skills. I play the piano, but only enough to stumble through a hymn.