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, 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