Sister Cook to Young Women: 'Never give up'

"Have you ever been afraid and discouraged as you've faced a challenge that seemed far beyond your ability? Have you ever wanted to give up?" Sister Mary N. Cook, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, asked the young women gathered at the Conference Center March 27.

"My counsel to you," Sister Cook said, "is similar to that given by Winston Churchill during World War II: Never, never, never give up!"

Sister Cook told the young women this fortitude "will take great courage, but you have the plan of salvation."

Sister Cook talked about three things young women can do to help them follow the plan and be a valiant and virtuous daughter of God. First, they must gain a strong testimony, step-by-step.

Sister Cook quoted the "True to the Faith" pamphlet, which says that a testimony is strengthened gradually. "'No one receives a complete testimony all at once.'"

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