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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BOOK REVIEW: At the Pulpit (185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women)

[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]In an assembly of youth leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Church), a young woman named Elsie Brandley gave an address titled “The Religious Crisis of Today.” The world was changing rapidly, she told her audience, and as a result, many youth were becoming estranged from the Church. مراهنات المباريات They had questions, Elsie explained, and they needed to have their questions respected, not dismissed or angrily rebuffed. “Is there a place—a legitimate and reverent place—for inquiry in the building of a testimony? العاب مربحة ” she asked. “We answer—we must answer—yes, and say that the basis of doubt and inquiry has been the genius of the church, the power through which members have fought their way into it.”

Elsie urged intergenerational open-mindedness and compassion, asking leaders of youth: “Listen to what they [the youth] have to say; open your hearts and minds to their problems. Never bid them be silent, but inspire them to cry out to you the innermost questions of their souls. Forget your own convictions in listening to them; remember your convictions only when you come to make reply.”

Elsie’s wise words feel like they could have been delivered last week in a training for youth leaders, but she actually delivered her remarks to the leaders of the Church in 1934! Her speech is one of 54 addresses collected in the volume At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women, published by the Church Historian’s Press and available for free online. 

In At the Pulpit, readers will find a thoughtful collection of wisdom, insight, and testimony from women of many walks of life in all eras of the Church’s history. Beginning with early Church matriarchs such cialis how to use cialis as Lucy Mack Smith, Emma Smith, and Eliza R. Snow and continuing through modern women leaders such as Chieko N. لعبة 21 Okazaki, Sheri L. Dew, and Julie B. Beck, At the Pulpit provides a survey of the role women have played in leading and instructing members of the Church throughout the Restoration. The collection of speakers includes European women leaders such as Jutte B. Busche, the first matron of the Frankfurt Temple, and Irina Kratzer, a cardiologist and teacher from Russia, as well as other speakers from South Africa, Mexico, and Canada.

At the Pulpit is an invaluable resource for speakers, teachers, and gospel learners in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each entry in the volume begins with a historical and biographical note on the speaker’s life, her intended audience, and the context of her remarks. The online version also includes a timeline of the talks; supplemental videos and photos; and seven bonus discourses. The talks’ topics include creating unity within the Church and among its female members; building faith and testimony in the face of challenges; overcoming personal suffering, and other witnesses of gospel truths.

One of the greatest joys of reading this collection is discovering the strength and authoritative witness offered by these Latter-day Saint foremothers. Through world wars and economic depressions, through migrations and personal dark nights of the soul, these women stood at their various pulpits and before diverse audiences to testify of their belief in their Savior and in His Church. As preserved in At the Pulpit, their words remain as a powerful testament of the power of faithful women who speak by the Spirit.

Click on the links above to read Elsie Brandley’s address in full or to explore the At the Pulpit collection for free online!

 

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