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  • Thoughts on Joy and Speaking at Women's Conference
  • Maria Eckersley
  • book of mormonBYUJoyScripture StudySeek JoyWomens Conference

Thoughts on Joy and Speaking at Women's Conference

Thoughts on Joy and Speaking at Women's Conference
“Joy is powerful. Focusing on joy brings God’s power into our lives.” (Russell M Nelson)

Over the last several weeks I’ve been adjusting my scripture study to seek for joy. I find every reference I can to joy/rejoicing and then search the text for clues about where that God-like happiness came from. It’s been amazing to me to see how joy is woven into every story and bursts out from almost every page - when I’m seeking it. It is everywhere. It’s in the stories of repentance, the passages of pure doctrine, the verses about difficult, drawn-out struggles and the verses about hard-won peace.

This May I will have the incredible opportunity to share what I’ve learned at @byu Womens Conference. I’ll be speaking about what I’ve gleaned from these beautiful pages and my own mistake-riddled life experiences.

I’ve gone to Women’s Conference for years with my sisters and Mom so the weight of this opportunity isn’t lost of me. I know I have a lot to learn before I can speak what is needed. And thankfully, I also know that if I put in the work and try to weave joy-seeking into my crazy kid-filled world, He will guide me to the right words. He will multiply my time and my talents to make what I say enough.

I sincerely hope you’ll come join me. It will be scary and intimidating - but it will also be the realization of a big dream of mine. I love teaching the gospel. More than that, I love studying the gospel with the intent to share what I learn. Add in the infectious atmosphere of Women’s Conference, talks from others like President Nelson and the Gen RS Presidency, (and the endless mint brownies) and it’s hard to imagine a better day.

Over the next few months I’ll be sharing some of my studies in my posts and stories. If you can join us in Provo, let me know so I can watch for you. If not, keep an eye out for these Sunday posts so I can share some of my favorite joy-finds with you. I can’t wait to dig in and learn with all of you! Happy Sunday, everyone. #byuwomensconference #sharegoodness #seekjoy
  • Maria Eckersley
  • book of mormonBYUJoyScripture StudySeek JoyWomens Conference

Comments on this post (1)

  • Apr 11, 2018

    Maria,
    You will be inspirational at the Women’s Conference. Thank you for sharing your struggles, joys and insight with the rest of us! Carry on.

    — Janine Balls

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