2011 BYU Women’s Conference: Small and Simple Things

Apr 28, 2011 by

Mormon women sing in Marriott Center at BYU Women's Conference

~by Michelle

There’s nothing quite like the annual BYU Women’s Conference. To gather with thousands of women who are eager to learn, serve, and build their faith is a wonderful experience.

BYU Women’s Conference is co-sponsored by the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is held every spring. This year’s conference will be held today and tomorrow on the Brigham Young University campus.

Preparations for BYU Women’s Conference begin months in advance, including choosing a theme, selecting speakers, preparing for the large-scale service projects. (See a list of this year’s service project and opportunities.)

I love this year’s theme: “By Small and Simple Things Are Great Things Brought to Pass” Alma 37:6–7. (Be sure to read Sandra Rogers’ message on the Women’s Conference home page.)

We invite anyone who is attending to share thoughts and experiences, or to include links to your own blogs, in the comments. See photos from women who attended last year’s BYU Women’s Conference.

To get a taste of BYU Women’s Conference, you can find dozens of archived talks at BYU Broadcasting. Also, see transcripts from talks from previous conferences, as well as handouts from past years’ sharing stations and some speakers’ sessions.

Delayed broadcasts will be held on BYU-TV (or at byutv.org), including the following talks:

May 16, 2011 (8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT)
“By Small and Simple Things”
Virginia H. Pearce

“Ideals Are Stars to Steer By: They Are Not a Stick to Beat Ourselves With”
Barbara Thompson
President Cecil O. Samuelson

“The Best Measure of True Greatness Is How Christlike We Are”
Kathy K. Clayton
Elaine S. Dalton

Friday Morning (April 29) Opening Session
Julie B. Beck

May 17, 2011 (8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT)
“We Are Going to Do Something Extraordinary”
Elaine L. Jack, Bonnie D. Parkin,
Mary Ellen Smoot, Barbara Winder,
Sharon Eubank (moderator)

“The Legacy of Relief Society”
Susan W. Tanner
John S. Tanner

“Visiting Teaching: Making a Difference by Small and Simple Means”
Bridgette Blackwelder Server
Mary Ellen Edmunds

May 18, 2011 (8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT)
Friday Afternoon (April 29) Closing Session
Elder David A. Bednar

“The Plan of Salvation: One of Heaven’s Best Gifts to Mankind”
Rosemary M. Wixom
Jean A. Stevens
Cheryl A. Esplin

“I Did Frankly Forgive Them”
Lolly S. Osguthorpe
Russell T. Osguthorpe


  1. Thank you very much for giving these links. Our Relief Society didn’t announce this in time to be part of it. I am excited to explore the links.
    Blessing to you!

  2. Bessie Lancaster

    How can I get a transcript of Mary ellen Edmunds talk, about visiting teaching from the April 2011 BYU Women’s conference?

  3. Charleen Johnson

    How can I get a transcript of Mary Ellen Edmunds talk on Visiting Teaching? I’ve heard it was “the best ever” and I want to share it with my sisters in the Cape Cod branch.

  4. Charleen,

    This is a talk many women have been interested in! Unfortunately, there is not a transcript available of her talk, but you can access the video of her talk here: http://byutv.org/watch/a110f820-06ad-48ca-bc82-22abd4cc00cb

  5. I need Sister Edmunds talk on visiting teacher to help our sisters have a desire to get their visiting teaching done

  6. Gloria Bradshaw

    How can I get a copy of Virginia H Pearce’s talk at the 2011 Women’s Conference? It was such an inspired talk that it would be nice to be able to read and read her words.

  7. Carolyn Miller

    There are transcripts for all of the 2011 women’s conferences ay this website:


    This is one I really liked about visiting teaching.

  8. Steve Kemp

    How can I get a copy of Kathy Clayton’s talk at the Women’s Conference April 28, 2011? Thank you…SK

  9. You can find the talk on the BYU Women’s Conference transcripts page: http://ce1.byu.edu/cw/womensconference/transcripts.php

    And here is a direct link to the talk: http://ce1.byu.edu/cw/womensconference/pdf/archive/2011/Kathy_Clayton.pdf

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