HISTORY OF THE RELIEF SOCIETY: The World’s Largest Women’s Organisation

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” column_margin=”default” column_direction=”default” column_direction_tablet=”default” column_direction_phone=”default” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” row_border_radius=”none” row_border_radius_applies=”bg” overflow=”visible” overlay_strength=”0.3″ gradient_direction=”left_to_right” shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_tablet=”inherit” column_padding_phone=”inherit” column_padding_position=”all” column_element_spacing=”default” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” column_position=”default” gradient_direction=”left_to_right” overlay_strength=”0.3″ width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” animation_type=”default” bg_image_animation=”none” border_type=”simple” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]It is nigh impossible to talk about women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“the Church”) without discussing the history and place of the Relief Society. The Relief Society is the world’s largest organisation of women with over 7 million members. That makes it a remarkably powerful force for good and the core vehicle for women’s influence inside the Church. لعبه القمار روليت The role of the organisation has shifted and changed throughout the history of the Church, but the constant presence of revelation, faith, and fervent dedication to the work of God has always been present in the Relief Society. These three resources represent different approaches to cataloguing and sharing the history of this remarkable organisation. 

 

 

 

1. The First Fifty Years (Jill Mulvay Derr, Carol Cornwall Madsen, Kate Holbrook, Matthew J. Grow)

This book, published in 2016 by four employees of the Latter-day Saint Church Historian’s Press, sets out a catalogue of records from the early Relief Society. It is not intended as a narrative story or a book of commentary, rather it shares the historical record of the women seeking to build this organisation. Many prominent figures and events in Church history make an appearance, as the Relief Society was organised, suspended, then reorganised into the form we know today. لربح المال This collection of documents includes “minutes of meetings, sermons by both women and men, annual reports from local Relief Societies, newspaper articles and editorials, political petitions and speeches, poetry, letters, journal entries, and reminiscences” from both the centre of the Church and more remote areas. This is an excellent resource for someone interested in the details and facts of women’s organisation in early Church history, unvarnished by modern commentary. موقع المراهنات كرة القدم  

The book is in English and is accessible through: Amazon and Deseret Book

 

2. Daughters in My Kingdom. (Susan W. Tanner)

This book was written by the Relief Society General Presidency in 2011, with the goal of providing a resource that could familiarise every member of the Church with the importance and history of the Relief Society. As a result, it is an inspirational and accessible resource that draws on rather than catalogues comprehensive historical resources. 

The book is in English and is accessible through: Amazon and Deseret Book

 

3. Women of Covenant (Janath Russell Cannon, Jill Mulvay Derr, Mary Ursenback Beecher)

Women of Covenant fills a middle-ground between the pure historical resource of The First Fifty Years and the very accessible Daughters in My Kingdom. All three books have a similar goal, but Women of Covenant takes a long history and shapes it into a detailed historical narrative. Its authors, one a former member of the Relief Society’s global leadership council, the others Church-affiliated historians, set out to catalogue not just the history of the Relief Society as an institution, but the story of the women of the Church. The result is a dense 433 pages full of stories about the revelation that has guided Relief Society members as they sought to support and improve the lives of those around them. This will be a substantial read, but an excellent resource for anyone interested in a detailed and comprehensive history. 

The book is in English and is accessible through: Amazon and Deseret Book.

 

This is just a sample of the resources we have in our Resource Library on the subject of women in the scriptures. Head over there to find more. Happy reading!


Contributor: Rebecca Russavage
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A MOTHER THERE: Four Ways To Learn More About Heavenly Mother

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” column_margin=”default” column_direction=”default” column_direction_tablet=”default” column_direction_phone=”default” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” row_border_radius=”none” row_border_radius_applies=”bg” overlay_strength=”0.3″ gradient_direction=”left_to_right” shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_tablet=”inherit” column_padding_phone=”inherit” column_padding_position=”all” column_element_spacing=”default” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” gradient_direction=”left_to_right” overlay_strength=”0.3″ width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” bg_image_animation=”none” border_type=”simple” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]The doctrine of Heavenly Mother is a treasured part of the restored gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Church). However, while certain truths about Heavenly Mother (that she exists, that she is important, that we do not pray to her) are commonly understood by many members of the Church, she remains a background topic that is rarely referenced. العاب الربح من الانترنت Below, we’ve listed four resources that can help Latter-day Saint women better understand and connect with Heavenly Mother. لعبة الحظ الحقيقية  

    1. “Mother in Heaven” – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    2. “A Mother There” – David L. Paulsen and Martin Pulido
    3. Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother – McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding
    4. Boy’s Guide to Heavenly Mother – McArthur Krishna, Martin Pulido, and Bethany Brady Spalding, 

1. “A Mother In Heaven” (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

In this Gospel Topics Essay on Heavenly Mother, the Church affirms Heavenly Mother’s existence based on early Church records and statements by General Authorities about the necessity for Heavenly Parents. It is written as an introduction to the concept of Heavenly Mother roids.vip – roids.vip and includes some explanation as to why this doctrine is both important and natural. While this does not present a grand vision of the divine feminine, it is an excellent resource for those who may be new to the Church or the idea of Heavenly Mother! 

The essay is in English and is accessible through: The website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 

2. “A Mother There”                                                            (David Paulsen and Martin Pulido)

“A Mother There”  is an article published by BYU Studies that gathers every reference to Heavenly Mother endorsed by the Church from its inception to the date of publication. It also touches on some of the implications of the way Heavenly Mother is addressed and is written by two male scholars who felt deeply the importance of acknowledging and coming to know their Heavenly Mother. This is an excellent read and a valuable resource to those looking to dig deeper into the history of commentary on Heavenly Mother!

The essay is in English and is accessible through: BYU Studies website.

 

3. Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother (Bethany Brady Spalding and McArthur Krishna) 

Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother is a book geared toward girls of all ages that compiles artwork from Latter-day Saint artists around the world, activities, and quotes from Church leaders to help them better understand and love their Heavenly Mother! It’s the first book of its kind and encourages girls young and old to connect with and honour their own divine nature. روليت مجاني  

A staple in our home library, Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother is a love letter to both Heavenly Mother and Latter-day Saint women across the globe, and we can’t recommend it enough!

The book is in English and is accessible through: Amazon and Deseret Books

 

4. Boy’s Guide to Heavenly Mother (Bethany Brady Spalding, Martin Pulido and McArthur Krishna)

Boy’s Guide to Heavenly Mother is the companion book to Girls Guide to Heavenly Mother, and is meant to help boys of all ages come to know and love their Heavenly Mother as well! Filled with beautiful art, moving quotes, and activities designed specifically for young men, this book is perfect for introducing boys to Heavenly Mother and helping them connect with Her.

Boy’s  Guide to Heavenly Mother is also the first book of its kind, and is a great way to help the boys in your life develop a personal relationship with and understanding of Heavenly Mother!

The book is in English and is accessible through: Amazon and Deseret Books

 

This is just a taste of the resources we have on Heavenly Mother, but we hope these help you better understand and build a relationship with the Mother we all need to know. Happy reading!

 

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DIVINE FEMININITY: Three Books on Women and the Priesthood

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” column_margin=”default” column_direction=”default” column_direction_tablet=”default” column_direction_phone=”default” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” row_border_radius=”none” row_border_radius_applies=”bg” overlay_strength=”0.3″ gradient_direction=”left_to_right” shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_tablet=”inherit” column_padding_phone=”inherit” column_padding_position=”all” column_element_spacing=”default” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” gradient_direction=”left_to_right” overlay_strength=”0.3″ width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” bg_image_animation=”none” border_type=”simple” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]Most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Church) have yet to grasp the concept of “women and the priesthood.” As ordinary women living ordinary lives, how do we access it, how do we use it, what is it anyway and why does it matter? Isn’t it enough to simply be the passive beneficiaries of it through the men in our lives? The authors of these 3 books would beg to differ. كازينو مباشر These faith-promoting and thought-provoking books will help you see the topic in a whole new light. From comparing roles in the priesthood to inherently female experiences to helping us understand the “familial priesthood,”  these books will open your mind and heart in a way you didn’t expect. 

  1. “Live Up To Our Privileges: Women, Power, and Priesthood” – Wendy Ulrich
  2. “The Priesthood Power of Women: In the Temple, Church, and Family” – Barbara Morgan Gardner
  3. “Women and the Priesthood: What One Latter-day Saint Woman Believes” – Sheri Dew  

 

1. Live Up to Our Privileges (Wendy Ulrich)

In this compelling book, Dr Wendy Ulrich expands the discussion beyond priesthood offices and keys and explores how women can access priesthood authority and power on par with men.  With humility and a racing intellect, best-selling author Dr Ulrich walks through priesthood offices and considers how women might take part in “the responsibilities and privileges associated with them.” With many beautiful scriptural and personal comparisons, Dr Ulrich paints a refreshingly inclusive and simple picture of what priesthood power really is and can be to all women who’ll access it. The book leaves the reader with a renewed sense of unity in purpose and a better understanding of how the Gospel as taught by Jesus Christ is one work, for men and women alike. 

The book is in English and is accessible through: Amazon and Deseret Books.

 

2. The Priesthood Power of Women                          (Barbara Morgan Gardner) 

Similar to Live Up to Our Privileges, Barbara Morgan Gardner’s recent book sheds new and welcomed light on the doctrine around women and the priesthood. Gardner gives an illuminating account of the difference between the hierarchical/ecclesiastical priesthood structure that we so often focus on and the patriarchal/familial priesthood structure we rarely mention – if it’s even basically understood. كيفية الربح في الكازينو It’s in this latter familial priesthood structure that women (and men) have much to gain by understanding the equal footing on which it’s based. Gardner asks  “how different our understanding of the priesthood would be, if the emphasis of the leaders of the Church were on the family rather than on the Church”? العاب ربح الجوائز حقيقية Drawing on a well of knowledge and scriptural as well as historical insight, Gardner provides a most enlightening read on this timely and important topic. 

The book is in English and is accessible through: Amazon and Deseret Books

 

3. Women and the Priesthood (Sheri Dew) 

In this revised edition of her existing classic, the beloved and respected Latter-day Saint leader Sheri Dew provides her personal declaration and understanding of women and the priesthood. When Women and the Priesthood was first published in 2013, the topic was hot and in some places contentious and Dew boldly and clearly laid out her beliefs and understanding of the important topic. Besides the solid doctrinal and scriptural teachings presented in her book, Dew draws from decades of her own experience as a leader and woman in a man’s world. We expect many more resources to come out on the topic in the coming years, but                                                                        this book should be a first step in every woman (or man)’s dive into the topic. 

The book is in English and is accessible through: Amazon and Deseret Books

Go to our Resource Library for more resources on women and the priesthood.  Happy reading!

 

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