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A power extending 'through the cosmos'

Transcript of Sister Larsen's talk

Long before e-mail and faxes, cell phones and satellite dishes, computers and the Internet, communication with Heavenly Father was in place, Sister Sharon G. Larsen, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, said March 24.

Speaking in the Conference Center during the Young Women General Meeting, Sister Larsen said this communication "predates every type of networking invention today. Its power extends through the cosmos. Heavenly Father has given you the gift of the Holy Ghost to be available to help you whenever you earnestly seek Him. You will want to invite this power to help you navigate through the challenges of mortality until you are safely home. The next time you renew your baptismal covenant by taking the sacrament, listen to the promise: when you always remember your Savior and keep His commandments, you will always have His Spirit to be with you. Think of that! With a gift so magnificent, why would we ever resist such guidance?"

Sister Larsen then spoke of a time in her life when she ignored that guidance. She and her sister Shirley had gone to a party one night. Their parents had said to come right home after the party was over. Her sister obeyed, but Sister Larsen stayed out with friends.

"As time passed I got the strong feeling that I should be home. But how could I be the first one to say, 'I have to go home'? So I didn't. I stayed with my friends laughing and pretending I was having a good time."

Soon, however, they came upon her father in the family car looking for her. "I wanted to crawl under the floor mats of the car and never come out! At the time I was sure it was everyone's else's fault that I was so humiliated in front of my friends. Through the lens of time and reality, I see more clearly what really happened. I was prompted and warned several times — not by a legion of angels or even one angel, but a still, small voice. Actually, it was just a feeling I had. It was so subtle, so quiet that it could be easily brushed away and I could pretend it wasn't really there.

"You can't do wrong and feel right," Sister Larsen said. "Pretending the Spirit isn't prompting you when it is, is like putting the wrong answer down on a test when you know the right answer. There may be times the Spirit finds it difficult to help you because maybe you are not asking for His help in your prayers, or maybe because you are not listening, or maybe the message can't get through the loud music or the radio or video."

Sister Larsen asked the young women to think of a time they felt the Spirit. "Remember, remember how the Spirit feels. Use that experience to help you identify the Spirit again.

"Young women, you are loved and you are worth everything, even the life of your Savior. Heavenly Father's top priority is His children. Whatever you have a question about, the Lord knows the answer. Whatever sadness you are feeling, He knows how you feel and will ease the pain. He knows what it's like to feel all alone. He will comfort you."