"Relief Society Beginnings," a new permanent exhibit, opened in May on the second level of the museum near the Presidents of the Church gallery. As the title implies, it focuses on the origin and development of the Church's premier women's organization, identified on one occasion by Joseph F. Smith, sixth president of the Church, as "divinely made, divinely authorized, divinely instituted, divinely ordained of God to minister to the salvation of the souls of women and of men."
Visitors to the museum often ask the question, "Where are your women?" said Jill Mulvay Derr, curator of the exhibit and co-author of the 1992 sesquicentennial history of the Relief Society, Women of Covenant.
"Even though this exhibit is very small, it is a way of saying our women have their own organization: This is how it began, and this is some of the work that has been an important part of that organization."