Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Relief Society!!

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The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was organized and established March 17, 1842 in Nauvoo, IL. It has approximately 6 million members in over 170 countries and is one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the world.

The motto of the Relief Society, taken from 1 Corinthians 13:8, is "Charity never faileth". The official purpose of Relief Society is to "prepare women for the blessings of eternal life by helping them increase their faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need. Relief Society accomplishes these purposes through Sunday gospel instruction, other Relief Society meetings, visiting teaching, and welfare and compassionate service opportunities.

*From the January & February VT Message:

Eliza R. Snow recalled the Prophet Joseph Smith teaching that "although the name [Relief Society] may be of modern date, the institution is of ancient origin."

Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, visited Joseph Smith and, through him, restored the fullness of the gospel to the earth. Relief Society was part of that restoration. The organization of the Church was not complete until the sisters were organized.

"Relief Society is the Lord's organization for women." In his capacity as a prophet, Joseph Smith organized the Relief Society on March 17, 1842. The small, diverse group at that first meeting were dedicated women, similar to Relief Society sisters today. "The youngest were three teenagers, and the oldest, a woman in her fifties. Eleven of the women were married, two were widows, six were unmarried, and the marital status of one is unknown. Their education and backgrounds varied greatly, as did their economic circumstances. Their diversity would be magnified many times as the organization's membership continued to grow, but they were and would continue to be one."

Sister Julie B. Beck has taught that “we know through the Prophet Joseph Smith that Relief Society was a formal part of the Restoration.” The process of restoration began with the First Vision in 1820 and continued “line upon line, precept upon precept”.  (D&C 98:12). When the Relief Society was formally organized on March 17, 1842, the Prophet taught the women about their essential place in the restored Church. He said, “The Church was never perfectly organized until the women were thus organized.”

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…Happy Birthday dear Relief Society, Happy Birthday to YOU!!!

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us this week at our Monthly Relief Society Enrichment Meeting.

We hope you had a good time getting to know some of our sisters in the ward better, and hope we can continue to get to know more of you that were not able to make it!

(I forgot to get pictures of us playing games :( )

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