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In the vibrant city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, a widow with four daughters struggled to make a living that could help her afford to send her children to school. Unable to turn to her family for financial support, the mother did all she could to find educational opportunities for her daughters.

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When she heard about a free school, run by Latter-day Saint service missionaries, she sent her daughters there, explained Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, during a session of Brigham Young University’s Women’s Conference on Thursday, May 2.

After being baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the widowed mother worked hard to become self-reliant, eventually starting her own business selling food at the construction site of the Kinshasa temple.

This woman’s covenants changed everything about her life, Sister Aburto explained. “The baptismal covenant and the gift of the Holy Ghost gave her power to pull her family together,” she said. “Temporally and spiritually, she found power when she had none.”

The story of this woman and her daughters provides just one example of how the power of the priesthood can be used in the lives of women, the Relief Society leader explained.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 3,000 women in the Marriott Center on the BYU campus, Sister Aburto, along with Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, and Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, discussed four specific questions that address how the priesthood fits into the personal lives of women everywhere.

What does it mean for a woman to be endowed with priesthood power?

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