Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Summary of talk given by Sister Ann M. Dibb of the 179th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

November 2009

A newspaper account of an accident that left four people dead and seven more clinging to the underside of a 125-foot-high bridge for more than an hour caught the attention of Sister Ann M. Dibb several years ago.

The accident, which happened in St. Catharines, Ontario, occurred during a painting project for the Garden City Skyway Bridge. After the tragedy, officials wondered why the victims were not wearing any safety equipment.

"The answer was simple," Sister Dibb, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, said Sunday morning. "They had the equipment; they just chose not to wear it."

Heavenly Father has not left Church members alone during their mortal probation, she said. "He has already given us all the safety equipment we will need to successfully return to Him. He has given us personal prayer, the scriptures, living prophets, and the Holy Ghost to guide us. At times, using this equipment may seem cumbersome, awkward, and horribly unfashionable. Its proper use requires our diligence, obedience and persistence. But I, for one, choose to use it. We must all choose to use it."

In the scriptures, she said, members learn about another key piece of safety equipment — the rod of iron in Lehi's vision of the tree of life found in the Book of Mormon.

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