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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AS SISTERS IN ZION: Three Must-Reads 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]Many women who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Church) are starting to share their lives and stories in uplifting, courageous and strengthening ways. Here we highlight three wonderful collections and reflections that will help you get to know women from all over the world and all walks of life. 1xbet موقع

  1. “Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact” – Neylan McBaine 
  2. “A Place to Belong: Reflections from Modern Latter-day Saint Women” – Hollie Rhees Fluhman & Camille Fronk Olson 
  3. “The LDS Women Project”

 

1. Women at Church (Neylan McBaine) 

In her 2014 book, Women at Church – Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact, New York-raised Neylan McBaine shares from her well of insights on increasing the inclusion of women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The book was a product of hundreds of interviews McBaine conducted through the Mormon Women Project (see below). It brings to light, in a sensitive yet bold manner, “those who feel unseen, unheard, and unused” and then goes on to guide the reader through concrete and practical steps that can be taken to make the Church a more inclusive place for women. Much has been said about the experiences of women at Church over the past few years, but few writers, if any, have captured the unique challenges associated with it and wrapped them in constructive ideas as McBaine does. This is a book for men and women, leaders and laypeople. If you read just one book on women at Church, make this the one. 

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

 

2. A Place to Belong                                                                                                     (edited by Hollie Rhees Fluhman & Camille Fronk Olson)

A Place to Belong – Reflections from Modern Latter-day Saint Women welcomes you into a  community and chorus of beautiful voices belonging to women from around the world. With honesty and vulnerability, 33 women share their thoughts on belonging, faith, and not-so-perfect families in this unique collection. The editors, Fluhman and Olson, hoped to show “​​that there’s more than one way to be a believing and contributing woman in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” This book proves to be a resounding success on this count. Moreover, they tactfully showcase the duality of tension and complementarity between women’s issues and faith among women in the Church in a way that leaves the reader with greater compassion, understanding and courage. We highly recommend the read and hope to continue to see more diverse and courageous women share their stories in the future! بينجو اون لاين  

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

 

3. The Latter-day Saint Women Project

Originally known as the Mormon Women Project, the (now) LDS Women Project was founded by Neylan McBaine in 2009 to challenge and expand the narrative of the stereotypical woman in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To date, the LDSWP hosts a library of over 250 interviews with women from around the world, including 30 European women ranging from Portuguese Marina Neto reflecting on racial injustice to Icelandic Sveinbjörg Guðmundsdóttir on translating the Book of Mormon into Icelandic. Beyond interviews, the LDSWP now also offers a series of essays, ready-to-grab posts with quotes by Latter-day Saint women, supplements for Sunday School and much more. العاب استراتيجية اون لاين The LDSWP has created a vast and crucially important living reservoir of faith stories and resources for the Latter-day Saint woman.  

The website is in English with many interviews also available in Spanish. 

 

Here is a taste of the contemporary voice resources found in our new Resource Library. Soon we will be adding our own storytelling series of women from across Europe to the collection.  For a look at what we’ll be sharing, click here.

 

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