Following his talk at October's general conference, "A Plea to My Sisters," President Russell M. Nelson has been encouraging women in the Church to stand out and to speak up so that their influence can be felt.
Recently, he has been posting a number of encouraging messages to women in the Church on his Facebook page, sharing how the women in his own life lifted him out of heartbreak and despair to show him the light and potential his life could have. President Nelson uses this experience to show how the women of the Church are needed as a force for good in this darkening world.
His insights seem to echo this piercing counsel given by Margaret D. Nadauld in the October 2000 general conference:
Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.
Oh, how we pray that every young woman will grow up to be all the wonderful things she is meant to be.