Relief Society

November 09, 2021 08:00 AM MST
Before she was formally set apart as the Relief Society general president, President Brigham Young asked Sister Eliza R. Snow to assist bishops in organizing Relief Societies and to teach the women.
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October 22, 2021 04:41 PM MDT
With the Mesa Arizona Temple open house underway, Church leaders are encouraging people of all faiths and backgrounds to visit the newly renovated building. In an opinion piece for The Arizona Republic, President Dallin H. Oaks explained that the temple “creates a connection among members of the greater Mesa community.”
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April 21, 2021 08:51 PM MDT
With 47 sessions and 59 presenters, the conference is sure to be inspirational and uplifting. Here are 8 things you need to know about the conference.
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April 13, 2021 07:54 PM MDT
On June 9, 1842, Joseph visited the Relief Society and spoke again of their purpose: “The Society is not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.”
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March 17, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
The Church Historian’s Press announced the online publication of additional materials that shed light on the lives and contributions of Eliza R. Snow and Emmeline B. Wells, two previous Relief Society General Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The discourses and diaries are available to the public for free at churchhistorianspress.org.
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Sister Jean B. Bingham, the Church’s Relief Society general president, was the keynote speaker at the fifth annual International Women-in-Diplomacy Day symposium. The event originated from Los Angeles and was held virtually this year because of the pandemic. The event was sponsored by the honorary consul of the Republic of Senegal.
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Members of the general presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary general presidencies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now have official Instagram accounts to expand their global ministries. The photo- and video-based social media platform is used by millions of people around the world, including many young adults and youth.
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October 22, 2020 06:40 PM MDT
On this week’s episode of This is the Gospel, two storytellers discuss how fitting into the body of Christ can sometimes be painful and difficult. Suzanne, who moved after ending a 40-year temple marriage, felt invisible in her new ward. After moving a second time, she was cautiously optimistic when she walked through the doors of another Church meetinghouse. Little did she know that sisters from Relief Society would welcome her with the words, “You are exactly where you need to be. This is the healing ward.” Read why the sisters’ complete honesty and vulnerability during a Relief Society lesson about temples changed Suzanne’s life.
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July 16, 2020 07:09 PM MDT
The founding meeting of the Relief Society was on March 17, 1842, and women in that organization have been filling needs through service ever since.
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By  Emily Abel
July 15, 2020 01:30 PM MDT
It was the summer of 1878. A group of 13 young men and young women from Mayfield, Utah, went out to enjoy a day of boating on a nearby lake. Tragically, a strong wind caught the group off guard and all but two of them drowned. A shocked community was forced to bury 11 young people, including an engaged couple who were buried in the same grave.
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By  Emily Abel
July 09, 2020 01:50 PM MDT
During the women’s session of the October 2019 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson made this powerful statement to the sisters of the Church: “How I yearn for you to understand that the restoration of the priesthood is just as relevant to you as a woman as it is to any man.” He then entreated the women of the Church “to study prayerfully all the truths you can find about priesthood power.”
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March 17, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Happy Birthday, Relief Society! Today is your 178th birthday. I’ve been trying to think about what I can do to celebrate your special day. This year is a little bit different than the others. There won’t be a Relief Society activity tonight. There won’t be a beautiful cake that tastes even better than it looks. There won’t be an inspiring take-home handout to keep on my mirror and remind me of a wonderful night shared with my sisters. There won’t be any type of in-person gathering, but I think I have an idea for how to celebrate your birthday.
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October 09, 2019 11:57 AM MDT
Now sisters can find all the Relief Society resources, messages, and inspiration in one place.
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By  LDS Living
May 05, 2019 10:50 PM MDT
After watching the put-together talks of our Church leaders every general conference, it's easy to feel they don't understand what it means to have a messy, complicated life. They don't struggle as we do. Their lives are nearly perfect. But the Relief Society general presidency and board released a video that shows their real-life struggles.
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By  LDS Living
May 03, 2019 04:00 PM MDT
On Friday, the general presidents of all the women-led organizations in the Church met for a historic Sister-to-Sister event at BYU Women's Conference.
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March 25, 2019 07:14 PM MDT
About five years ago, Emily Belle Freeman and Nish Weiseth sat down to eat lunch together.
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March 10, 2019 10:56 PM MDT
“There is no limit to the work before us.”
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By  LDS Living
March 08, 2019 08:40 PM MST
From Accra, Ghana, Sisters Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, and Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, shared a message of love on International Women's Day.
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March 03, 2019 10:00 PM MST
“Here let thy holy Spirit rest
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Fun
March 01, 2019 12:00 PM MST
For Latter-day Saint women, Relief Society is often the highlight of our two-hour schedule. What could be more spiritually uplifting than sitting down with your fellow sisters and feasting on the good word of the Lord? There's a special bond and spirit that permeates this most wonderful of experiences as sisters from the largest women's organization in the world gather together in wards and branches.
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February 18, 2019 10:00 PM MST
“You, my sisters, if you are faithful will become Queens of Queens, and Priestesses unto the Most High God. These are your callings.”
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January 06, 2019 10:09 PM MST
Recently, President Nelson encouraged all women of the Church, “I urge you to study the current Relief Society purpose statement. It is inspiring. It may guide you in developing your own purpose statement for your own life. I also entreat you to savor the truths in the Relief Society declaration published almost 20 years ago.” Here's how we can get more from the Relief Society declaration and create our own declarations to change our lives for the better.
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By  LDS Living
October 06, 2018 01:41 PM MDT
Aletter released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 6 announces, "The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have approved new policies regarding responsibilities of those serving in elders quorum and Relief Society presidencies." The letter also states these changes should be implemented no later than January of 2019. The new responsibilities include:
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September 18, 2018 01:32 PM MDT
Two leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Relief Society and Young Women organizations recently opened a dialogue with Chile’s Minister of Women and Gender Equity, Isabel Plá.
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September 17, 2018 08:53 PM MDT
The Church has called 14 new general board members to the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary boards who will join other Church leaders for the upcoming general women's session of general conference.
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August 02, 2018 03:16 PM MDT
"Thank you to each one of you who made one of these donations,” Sister Jean B. Bingham said a recent Church video about the Light the World vending machines. “You have made a big difference. The results were more than we ever imagined — you are being a light to the world. The difference that you make is tremendous to every one of these recipients."
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June 25, 2018 08:36 AM MDT
Did you know that women’s suffrage was originally granted to the Utah Territory in 1870, but it was revoked by the U.S. government in 1887 in attempt to eliminate polygamy? Utah women had to fight to regain this right, which was granted in 1895 when the Utah Territory became a state—Utah’s State Constitution was written to include women’s right to vote and run for office 25 years before the 19th Amendment was passed.
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June 08, 2018 05:44 PM MDT
As Sister Eubank so beautifully and succinctly stated in October 2017, ministering to our sisters is about doing what she needs. We no longer have a monthly visit to check off our list. It’s not about not finding time the entire month then dropping off a card and a treat on the last day of the month with a doorstep apology. It’s not about our checklist. It’s not about our efforts, it’s about them being ministered to. It’s not about our performance, but about their needs.
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May 25, 2018 03:03 PM MDT
It’s interesting to me that LDS women don’t like to identify themselves as “LDS women.”
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May 16, 2018 12:56 PM MDT
In a recent notice sent to priesthood, Relief Society, Young Women, and Young Men leaders on May 11, the Church answered frequently asked questions about ministering and changes to priesthood quorums, whichare also posted on ministering.lds.org.
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May 11, 2018 08:51 AM MDT
As a newly called Relief Society president, I felt the weight of the needs of the sisters in my ward. I prayed fervently for direction, peace, wisdom, and strength. I wanted to give every sister everything they needed. It was a heavy and sacred privilege. But, one that I learned wasn’t mine.
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May 03, 2018 08:38 PM MDT
During the BYU Women's Conference on May 3, Sisters Sharon Eubank and Reyna Aburto, counselors in the general Relief Society presidency, discussed ways we can overcome our differences in the Church and better minister to one another. These acts of love and reaching can be simple, they taught, and more creative than we might realize.
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April 30, 2018 03:57 PM MDT
When I think of ministering in the Church, my hope is that each one of us can have a taste of this kind of sisterhood—whatever our age, our situation, or our need. I hope that each one of us can feel the comfort that comes from knowing that someone understands and loves us.
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March 17, 2018 09:49 AM MDT
Sister Julie B. Beck was serving as first counselor in the Young Women general presidency when she was called as general president of the Relief Society in the spring of 2007, succeeding Sister Bonnie D. Parkin. Serving approximately six million women in 170 countries can seem like an insurmountable task, but Sister Beck found strength to continue the Relief Society’s legacy of love and service by studying its history and the lives of her predecessors and by relying on the Atonement. In a 2012 interview with LDS Living, Sister Beck shared some lessons she learned during her time as Relief Society general president. In celebration of the 176th anniversary of the Relief Society, we are sharing them again.
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By  LDS Living
March 17, 2018 09:38 AM MDT
In 1842, Joseph Smith offered six sermons to the Relief Society of Nauvoo. His words of counsel and instruction offer deep insights into what themes were most relevant to the women of the Church. Take a quick peek at what he said with our list of five things Joseph Smith wanted women to know.
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March 10, 2018 11:00 AM MST
I’m convinced that every sister in the Church has a best friend in her ward or branch that she hasn’t made yet.
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February 09, 2018 03:33 PM MST
Fourth Sunday Relief Society and Priesthood teachers have a fascinating new task presented to them this year—teaching about the same topic for every month between general conferences.
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December 19, 2017 03:10 PM MST
The Deseret News recently compiled a number of interviews to help answer questions Church members might have about the new Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood curriculum set to begin in just a few weeks.
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November 09, 2017 02:33 PM MST
“Visiting teaching is genuine caring; it is compassionate service. It is making the bishop and the Relief Society president aware of the needs of the sisters that they visit.” —Sister Jean B. Bingham
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By  LDS Living
October 19, 2017 05:09 PM MDT
Beginning in 2018, Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood meetings will start to look a little different. The new direction might be a little daunting for some members, but these new changes will help members build on Teaching in the Savior’s Way and use the new Come, Follow Me resources available on the Gospel Library App and lds.org. Here’s some more information to help you find more resources about and understand how each of the new Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood lesson changes will pan out.
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October 09, 2017 01:57 PM MDT
In the recent issue of the Ensign, the Church published additional information about the new Relief Society and Priesthood curriculum for next year.
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September 25, 2017 12:40 PM MDT
The Church has called nine new leaders to the Relief Society and Primary general boards. To learn more about these new Church leaders, click here.
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September 15, 2017 02:21 PM MDT
The Church has announced the 2018 curriculum for children, youth, and adults, which includes the new Come, Follow Me curriculum for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society beginning in January.
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September 11, 2017 02:52 PM MDT
We've all been there. Time gets away from us and before we know it, it's the last day of the month—the last day for visiting teaching.
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August 25, 2017 03:30 PM MDT
The Church announced some big changes for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society Sunday meetings in 2018. The Church announced some big changes for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society Sunday meetings in 2018. As we wrap up the last year using the "Teaching of the Prophets" manuals, Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood meetings moving forward will focus on counseling together about local needs in addition to teaching gospel-centered lessons.
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We've all been at the point in our lives where we feel like we are barely holding on, we can't possibly do one more thing, and then a Church calling or service project comes up. How can we manage it all? Sister Eubank from the Relief Society General Presidency shares some great insights.
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July 14, 2017 07:24 PM MDT
“I had visited different churches, but I didn’t really like the feeling that I had in there. I was not really looking for a religion. I didn’t know what I needed,” Sister Aburto says.
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By  LDS Living
June 27, 2017 03:05 PM MDT
Barbara Ann Woodhead Winder, former Relief Society general president,died on June 25. She was 86 years old and spent her life uplifting and guiding members of the Church.
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June 26, 2017 10:34 PM MDT
We love Sister Winder and are grateful for all she gave to our church.
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By  LDS Living
June 23, 2017 04:49 PM MDT
Visit teaching is an incredibly important way members can serve each other, but it can be easily overlooked or become something to check off each month.
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June 16, 2017 08:21 PM MDT
My sister practically forced me to attend the single's ward the summer after I graduated from high school. As a girl who had only recently and reluctantly left Young Womens, I wasn't ready for the what some of my friends teasingly called the "marriage market."
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May 05, 2017 06:03 PM MDT
"Have you ever felt ordinary, maybe even less than average?" Bingham asked. "You have probably experienced times of self-doubt and discouragement [but] know that your Heavenly Father will provide all that you need to become extraordinary as a daughter of God."
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May 05, 2017 11:56 AM MDT
“If we let it, Relief Society will make of us women who see beyond the barriers. It will help us repent and practice the discipline of creators," Sister Eubank says. "It acknowledges the invisible women who unify and make one, who serve the soup and cake, and who have sticky hands to hold people close.”
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April 21, 2017 12:05 PM MDT
Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society leaders participated in delivering a donation of $120,000 from the Church to Utah's Children's Justice Centers leaders help fight child sex abuse.
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April 06, 2017 06:08 PM MDT
Learn more about the inspired women who were just sustained as our new leaders in the Relief Society.
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April 01, 2017 06:16 PM MDT
Today during the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, a new Relief Society General Presidency and a new member of the Primary General Presidency were called and sustained. Learn more about them below!
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April 01, 2017 06:00 PM MDT
Sister Linda K. Burton became the 16th Relief Society General President on March 31, 2012. Over the past five years, Sister Burton and her counselors—Sister Carole M. Stephens, first counselor, and Sister Linda S. Reeves, second counselor—have served during many significant changes in the Relief Society. Here are just a few significant moments:
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By  LDS Living
March 17, 2017 04:21 PM MDT
At the first ever meeting of the Relief Society, Emma Smith said these historic words, "We are going to do something extraordinary."
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March 17, 2017 02:05 PM MDT
As the Relief Society celebrates its 175th anniversary, here are some interesting ways you may not have known the organization has grown and changed over the years.
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March 17, 2017 08:51 AM MDT
Emma Hale Smith was an educated woman—a strong leader and public speaker. As the first president of the Relief Society, her words, recorded in Relief Society meeting minutes, continue to inspire and encourage us to increase our faith and charity. Learn more in At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women.
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