More than 5,000 people are expected to converge on the Brigham Young University campus April 11 and 12 for the 1991 Women's Conference, an event co-sponsored by BYU and the LDS Church's Relief Society.

Nearly 100 speakers will offer panels and presentations on 50 diverse subjects connected with a scriptural theme that encourages one to ". . . press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope" (2 Nephi 31:20).For registration information, contact BYU Conferences and Workshops, 147 Harman Building, BYU, Provo, UT 84602; phone (801) 378-7692.

The fee for registrations is $30. One-day registrations are $15.

The session will begin at 9 a.m. in the Marriott Center with a welcome by BYU President Rex E. Lee and the premiere of "Voices of the Sisters," a look at Eliza R. Snow, Emma Smith and Sarah Kimball as portrayed by Barta Heiner, Charlotte P. Nelson and Allison H. Warner. Drama professor Robert A. Nelson will direct the work by Susan Howe.

Elaine Jack, president of the LDS Relief Society, will offer the keynote address titled "A Brightness of Hope."

April 11 activities will conclude at 7:30 p.m., also in the Marriott Center, with Olga Kovarova of Masaryk University in Brno, Czechoslovakia, leader of the Ethics and Morality Department at the Children and Young People Center at Masaryk University. She will speak on "Fruits of Faithfulness: The Saints in Czechoslovakia."

Joining her in the address will be Edith Krause, a lifelong LDS church leader from Prenzlau, Germany (formerly East Germany), who will discuss "A Mormon Mother and Her Daughter in 20th-Century Germany."

Other general-session speakers are Elder Marion D. Hanks of the LDS Presidency of the Seventy, who will speak on "If Faith Waivers," the devotional address at 9 a.m. April 12; and Elouise M. Bell, an author and professor of English, who will give the 3 p.m. closing address titled "Peace Be Still."

"The Relief Society and BYU join in this conference to explore the issues surrounding the lives of Latter-day Saint women and to focus on the teachings of Christ," said Carol Lee Hawkins, conference coordinator. "We look forward with a `brightness of hope' to the solutions that the efforts and diverse strengths of LDS women can bring to the problems of our complex world.

"The conference is designed not only for women of all ages and situations in life but also for men," Hawkins said. "Since many of the problems facing women are shared by men, it is important that together we explore solutions."